What did we learn this week?
Arizona and Stanford made statements: Oregon is the clear No. 1 in the conference at this point, but Arizona and Stanford also have made early statements that they, too, are Rose Bowl contenders. The Wildcats now own the best nonconference résumé. They have posted a dominant win on the road (Toledo) and beat a top-10 team at home (Iowa). Stanford has outclassed three foes, including UCLA and Wake Forest the past two weeks. These two look like potential top-10 teams.
Nick Foles & Andrew Luck take the early lead among the QBs: The four QBs the Pac-10 showcased in New York included Washington's Jake Locker and USC's Matt Barkley, but the two best QBs in the conference after three games are Arizona's Foles and Stanford's Luck. The race for first-team All-Pac-10 QB should be interesting.
Arizona State will not be an easy out: The Sun Devils lost at Wisconsin 20-19, yes, but the performance on both sides of the ball against the 11th-ranked Badgers suggested that these aren't the 2009 Sun Devils. Not only do they have a solid QB in Steven Threet, they also produced a good running game that should take the pressure off Threet.
Locker, Washington not ready for prime time: Nebraska bludgeoned Washington 56-21, outgaining the Huskies 533 yards to 246. This was supposed to be a big stage for the Huskies to announce their return to national relevance, and they didn't perform. And the worst performance came from their star, Locker, who played the worst game of his UW career, completing just 4 of 20 passes for 71 yards with two interceptions and a TD.
We still have no idea who USC is: USC is 3-0 but remains a mystery. The 32-21 win at Minnesota wasn't terrible -- a win is a win -- but the Trojans continue to be sloppy. We may not really know who USC is until a visit from Washington on Oct. 2.