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USC's loss to Notre Dame means Stanford moves to No. 1 in the conference in what is quickly becoming a disappointing season nationally for the Pac-12.
Kyle Bonagura ESPN Staff Writer
Arizona QB Khalil Tate has rushed for 100-plus yards in five consecutive halves. Only Boston College's Andre Williams (2013) has a longer streak (7) since 2004. Stanford RB Bryce Love also had a streak of five this year.
So long, Sam Darnold. Hello, Saquon Barkley. What was supposed to be the Year of the Quarterback has been taken over by a bevy of elite running backs.
Love and Penn State's Saquon Barkley earn the first-team running back slots alongside Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield. Cardinal junior safety Justin Reid was named to the second team.
Opposing defenses are going to keep trying to find ways to stop Bryce Love. That's going to mean a lot of people in the box, leaving more opportunities for Keller Chryst (and sometimes K.J. Costello) to make plays through the passing game.
To promote the Heisman Trophy candidacy of Cardinal running back Bryce Love, Stanford launched a website on Tuesday.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Stanford coach David Shaw said the Pac-12's schedule, where most teams play 6-8 league games in a row, increases the difficulty level compared to leagues where FCS opponents or weaker FBS opponents are mixed in. "It is back-to-back-to back-to-back conference games, and those are tough," Shaw said. "You're going to have games where you aren't at your absolute best. That's just life in the Pac-12."
Our Heisman Watch panel has Penn State's Saquon Barkley as the leading contender for the Heisman Trophy, but Stanford's Bryce Love is gaining ground.
Take a look back on the best performances of Week 7 in the Pac-12 and look ahead to Week 8.
Feeling the Love
Stanford's Bryce Love is the favorite to win the Heisman entering Week 8, barely edging out Penn State's Saquon Barkley. Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield and Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph are also in the mix.
Chryst had only completed 52 percent of his passes with four touchdowns this season, but he broke out for a big game against Oregon.
The Pac-12 has become a wide-open race
According to ESPN's FPI, Washington entered Week 7 with a 50 percent chance to win the Pac-12. However, the Huskies' 13-7 loss to Arizona State on Saturday night made it a three-team race in the conference.
Seth Walder ESPN Analytics
Don't sleep on Stanford as a potential Pac-12 champion.
Jags stand out on special teams
Thanks to some great punting in its upset of Troy on Wednesday night, South Alabama grades out as the most efficient special-teams unit of Week 7. Baylor, Iowa State and Stanford had great showings as well.
Buckeye O stands out in Husker rout
Ohio State just edges out Oklahoma State for FBS' most efficient offense from Week 7. Two Pac-12 stalwarts, Stanford and Arizona, turned in pretty sharp performances as well.
Shocking losses by Washington and Washington State shook up this week's conference power rankings and leave room for debate at just about every spot.
Bryce Love needed less than five minutes to reach the 100-yard rushing mark for the ninth consecutive game as he used another big run to fuel No. 23 Stanford's 49-7 victory over Oregon on Saturday night.
Love (almost) on top
Bryce Love has quickly climbed the list of Heisman potentials this season, and currently sits as the No. 2 favorite to win the honor. He certainly has helped his case on Saturday with 142 yards in the first half alone vs. Oregon.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
Bryce Love is much more than a breakaway back and showed it on Stanford's first scoring drive. "He's not getting enough credit for what he's doing between the tackles when things are dirty," Stanford offensive coordinator Mike Bloomgren told me. "When he's putting his pad down and running through somebody, and then dragging the third or fourth defender two more yards."