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NASPAQ – Pac-12 Football Stock Report : Week 6

BERKELEY, CA - OCTOBER 09:  Shane Vereen #34 of the California Golden Bears runs against the UCLA Bruins in the first half at California Memorial Stadium on October 9, 2010 in Berkeley, California.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Pac ManContributor IOctober 12, 2010

At the midway point of the season we can now see that nine teams will be competitive in the conference this season. Although Washington State is making great strides, they're still a year away from winning a couple games in conference play.

Quarterbacks

According to Chinese Zodiac, week six is the week of the quarterback and based on the performances this week that holds true. Ryan Katz (KATZ) had his coming out party by torching the Arizona defense with the long-ball and an accurate, strong-armed, intermediate passing game. The Beaver quarterback finished the day with 22 completions on 31 passes for 393 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. We thought that Katz would struggle after James Rodgers (JROD) went out with an injury, but he didn't miss a beat. Every year Oregon State gets blown off the line of the race to the championship, but Mike Riley is a long-strider that picks up his pace in conference play.

The top three quarterbacks of the NASPAQ all had big days. Nick Foles(FOLE) threw 35 of 46 for 440 yards with three touchdowns, one interception. In Palo Alto, Stanford's Andrew Luck (Luck) (20-24, 285 yards, 3 TD's) and USC'sMatt Barkley (BARK) (28-45, 390 yards, 3 TD's) saw two of the worst secondaries in the country and capitalized on their opportunities. This game had the feel of the last team with the ball last would win the game and USC went down to game winning field goal for the second straight week. If you're a fan of big time passing games, then the other Bay Area game between UCLA and Cal would have put you to sleep. Kevin Riley (RILE) just hasn't made the improvements he needs this season and Kevin Prince (PRNC) has a lot underachieving potential at wide receiver.

 TeamSymbolΔΔ%Total
Andrew LuckStanfordLUCK↑ 2516%$175.00
Nick FolesArizonaFOLE↑ 2014%$160.00
Matt BarkleyUSCBARK↑ 2015%$150.00
Jake LockerUWLOCK↑ 1010%$110.00
Jordan WynnUtahWYNN↑ 1015%$75.00
Kevin RileyCalRILE↓57%$65.00
Darron ThomasOregonDARR↑ 1018%$65.00
Tyler HansenColHANS↑ 511%$50.00
Ryan KatzUCLAPRNC↑ 25100%$50.00
Jeff TuelWSUTUEL↑ 514%$40.00
Steven ThreetASUTHRE↑ 15300%$20.00
Kevin PrinceOSUKATZ↓1040%$15.00

Running Backs

With all of the great performances we saw at quarterback this week one would expect the running back numbers to drop, but the top three guys keep on going over the 100 yard mark. It should be noted that no team has both a top three quarterback and running back on their roster. LaMichael James (LMJ) continues to set the pace each week and playing Washington State was another opportunity for him to climb on the Heisman ballots. James had 142 yards and two TD's on 25 carries and also added an 84-yard touchdown reception on a wheel roue where he blew right by the defending linebacker. Shane Vereen (VERE) had almost identical rushing numbers with 25 rushes for 151 yards and two TD's against the Bruins. A surprisingly poor performance came from USC's tandem of Allen Bradford (BRAD) and Marc Tyler (MARC). The duo combined for 16 carries and 44 yards. Kiffin has always favored the passing game, but their offensive line is stacked with five star offensive lineman and they're not running the ball with consistent success.

 TeamSymbolΔΔ%Total
JacQuizz RodgersOSUJQR↑ 54%$130.00
LaMichael JamesOregonLMJ↑ 106%$160.00
Shane VereenCalVERE↑ 1010%$105.00
Chris PolkUWPOLK↑ 55%$90.00
Johnathan FranklinUCLAFRNK↓1020%$40.00
Allen BradfordUSCBRAD↓511%$40.00
Stepfan TaylorStanfordSTEP↑ 520%$30.00
Deantre LewisASUDEAN↓1028%$25.00
Kenjon BarnerOregonBARN↓1040%$15.00
Nic GrigsbyArizonaGRIG↓540%$15.00
Marc TylerUSCMARC↓1040%$15.00
Derrick ColemanUCLACOLE↓1040%$15.00
Cameron MarshallASUMRSH↓1050%$10.00

Wide Receivers

For the second straight week the highest wide receiver stock has moved around on the NASPAQ. Juron Criner(CRIN) took back his number one position with a 12 catch 179 yard, one TD performance and former No. 1 - Jermaine Kearse(JERM), has been battling drop like symptoms the past few weeks. True freshman Robert Woods (WOOD) had the best game of the year for Pac-12 receivers with his 12 reception 224 yard, three touchdown performance. Perhaps even more impressive than his numbers is that the majority of the youngster's yards came against Stanford's senior corner back- Richard Sherman. The Ducks Jeff Maehl (MAEL) also had a big game with ten receptions for 119 yards and a TD.

 TeamSymbolΔΔ%Total
Juron CrinerArizonaCRIN↑ 1521%$85.00
Ronald JohnsonUSCROJO↑ 57%$70.00
James RodgersOSUJROD↑ 57%$70.00
Jeff MaehlOregonMAEL↑ 1527%$70.00
Jermaine KearseUWJERM↓1013%$65.00
Robert WoodsUSCWOOD↑ 30100%$60.00
Marvin JonesCalMARV↑ 1022%$55.00
Doug BaldwinStanfordBALD↑ 2080%$45.00
Devin AguilarUWAGUI--$25.00
D. ChristopherUtahDEVO↑ 1066%$25.00
Jared KarstetterWSUKARS↑ 525%$25.00
Keenan AllenCalKEEN↑ 533%$20.00
David AusberryUSCBERY↓1050%$10.00

Defensive Players Market

Our top defensive player,Akeem Ayers (AYER) finally saw his stock take a hit  with only three tackles in the loss at Cal, but the other two UCLA linebackers (Westgate & Larimore) combined for 21 tackles. The biggest defensive star in the game just happened to be on Cal's roster as Darian Hagan (HAGN) had five tackles, two sacks, and an interception to be the conference's defensive player of the week.  Delano Howell (HOWL) at Stanford was jarring the ball out of receivers hands and also forced a fumble. While the USC defense looked terrible, at least their cheerleaders destroyed the Stanford cheerleaders. If Stanford has another game on TV this year I think their coeds might crack my television set.

  SymbolΔΔ%Total
Akeem AyersUCLAAYER↓54%$120
Rahim MooreUCLAMOOR↑ 55%$105
Mason FosterUWFOST↑ 1010%$105
Jurrell CaseyUSCCASE↑ 55%$100
Omar BoldenArizona StBOLD↑ 511%$100
Vontaze BurfictArizona StBURF↓55%$95
Casey MatthewsOregonMATT↑ 1011%$95
Kenny RoweOregonROWE↑ 5 $90
Stephen PaeaOregon StPAEA↓55%$85
Mike MohamedCalMIKE↑ 56%$85
Brooks ReedArizonaREED↑ 56%$85
Mychal KendricksCalMYCH↑ 56%$80
Delano HowellStanfordHOWL↑ 1523%$80
Trevin WadeArizonaWADE↓56%$75
Tony DyeUCLADYE↑ 57%$75
Spencer PaysingerOregonPAYS↑ 57%$75
James DockeryOregon StDOCK↑ 57%$70
Darian HaganCalHAGN↑ 2040%$70
Cliff HarrisOregonCLIF↑ 1018%$65
Malcolm SmithUSCSMIT↓59%$50
Shane SkovStanfordSKOV↑ 1025%$50
TJ McDonaldUSCTJMC↓510%$45
Owen MaracicStanfordOWEN↑ 512%$45
Richard ShermanStanfordTHOM↓1020%$40
DJ HoltCalHOLT--$25
Michael ThomasStanfordTHOM↑ 525%$25
Patrick LarimoreUCLALARI↑ 525%$25

Defensive Units

You know how the saying goes when you face the pistol, "You shoot me once, shame on you, you shoot me twice....." well the Bears weren't fooled this time. After giving up nearly five hundred yards to Nevada they held UCLA to a paltry 144 total yards and only 26 yards on the ground. Mychal Kendricks was outstanding at linebacker for the Bears and he's now tied for the most sacks in the conference with 4. In the USC vs Stanford game both teams looked like they were playing touch football in the secondary. The Trojans are athletic, but undisciplined and lack fundamentals in their tackling. As previously discussed about Stanford, they are slow and with the exception of Delano Howell, they're poor tacklers. Arizona State had the best defensive performance going on the road and shutting down the Husky offense. Holding Jake Locker to just 14 points at home is impressive and Vontaze Burfict seems like he got the message of cutting back on his penalties, but that could be because he played less. And although she's not in any UCLA apparel, we need more Rachel Lorraine.

 SymbolΔΔ%Total
Oregon DefenseORED↓ 54%$120
Arizona DefenseARID↓ 1011%$75
Utah DefenseUTAD↑ 56%$85
ASU DefenseASUD↑ 1518%$95
Cal DefenseCALD↑ 2030%$85
USC DefenseUSCD↓ 58%$55
Stanford DefenseSTAD↓ 58%$55
UCLA DefenseUCLD↓ 516%$50
OSU DefenseOSUD↑ 511%$50
Colorado DefenseCOLD↓ 512%$35
UW DefenseUWD↓ 512%$35

 

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