STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — No. 3 Oregon has thrived early this season by capitalizing on quarterback mistakes. Stanford QB Tanner McKee has done an impressive job avoiding them in his first year as a starter. The Ducks travel to take on the Cardinal this weekend and the winner could be determined by which of those trends continues. Oregon overcame some shaky moments in its conference opener before beating Arizona 41-19 thanks in large part to five interceptions. McKee hasn’t thrown an interception all season.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon State Beavers are back at home Saturday against Washington on a mission to prove their 45-27 thumping of the Trojans wasn’t a fluke. Oregon State is currently second in the Pac-12 North standings behind undefeated Oregon. Washington is third. Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith is in his fourth year and it appears at least early in the season that his rebuilding of the Beavers is paying off.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Chase Garbers is on the cusp of breaking California legend Joe Kapp’s record for career rushing yards by a quarterback. Garbers is also about to slip past Aaron Rodgers on the Golden Bears’ list for touchdown passes. There hasn’t been much else to celebrate for coach Justin Wilcox’s team through the first month of the season. The Bears head into Saturday’s game against Washington State having lost three of four, including their Pac-12 opener in Washington. California’s lone win so far came against Sacramento State of the FCS.