Who's running with a bull market? Who's battling the bears (not the Golden ones)?
Chip Kelly: His team is ranked No. 4 with an opportunity to announce itself as a national title contender with No. 9 Stanford coming to town. Oh, and he got a nice little raise.
Jim Harbaugh: His team is ranked No. 9 with an opportunity to announce itself as a national title contender at No. 4 Oregon. Oh, and if he wins, he's going to point at a nice little raise Chip Kelly got this week.
UCLA: At 0-2, the Bruins were drool. At 2-2, they made Texas mewl! That little bit of football poetry comes to you courtesy of the Pac-10 blog.
Juron Criner: After making the two biggest offensive plays Arizona had in its 10-9 nail-biting win over California, Criner has entered the discussion of first-team All-Pac-10 receiver.
Akeem Ayers: Ayers just makes plays. He's got 5.5 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two interceptions, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery through four games.
Stanford's running game: No Toby Gerhart, no problem. Stanford's 223.3 yards rushing per game ranks second in the Pac-10 and 19th in the nation.
California's defense: After getting sliced and diced by Nevada's pistol, the Bears held Arizona to 10 points and 311 total yards. Of course, seven of those points and 77 of those yards came on the Wildcats game-winning drive late in the fourth quarter. Still, the Bears showed they can play D. Next week they get a second shot at the pistol when UCLA comes to town.
Pac-10 QBs: This isn't about Pac-10 QBs playing badly. They just haven't -- yet -- lived up to their preseason hype. None ranks in the top-10 in the nation in passing efficiency.
Stephen Paea: Paea hasn't played badly, and it's hard to put up numbers vs. constant double-teams. But the burden of being viewed as a potential All-American defensive tackle and first-round NFL draft pick is high standards. And Paea should have more than 1.5 tackles for a loss and 10 total tackles through three games.
Arizona's offense: The Wildcats scored 34 points against Iowa's highly touted defense and can only manage 10 vs. a Cal defense that gave up 52 at Nevada? Stock down!
Arizona State's ball security: Seven turnovers vs. Oregon. 'Nuff said. Seven! OK, I'm done.
Oregon State on third down: There is no truth to the rumor that Oregon State coach Mike Riley wants a Constitutional amendment eliminating third down, though it is notable that his Beavers rank 119th in the nation in third-down defense and 115th in third down offense.
Paul Wulff: We are not among the crowd ready to dispatch Wulff. We understand the situation he inherited and how he's building a foundation instead of going for a quick-fix. But with sagging home attendance, he can't afford too many more five and seven TD defeats. The Cougars don't need to win; they do need to be competitive.