Kyle Ringo
Kyle Ringo
There is still a ton of football to be played this fall, but it's already clear choosing the top two or three wide receivers for the All Pac-12 team at the end of the season is going to be a chore.

Ten receivers around the league produced 100-yard games in Week 2 and some far exceeded that, including Colorado sophomore Paul Richardson, who set a school record with 284 yards on 11 catches.

Richardson has become an elite receiver since the middle of last season and will get a lot of consideration for postseason honors at the rate he is going. He leads the nation with 333 receiving yards going into Saturday's game against Colorado State.

USC wide receiver Robert Woods and Arizona wideout Juron Criner are considered the cream of the crop, but Richardson, Stanford's Chris Owusu, Utah's DeVonte Christopher and Cal's Keenan Allen are hot on their heels.

Richardson began to get comfortable in the CU offense in the middle of last season. No other receiver in the nation has caught more touchdown passes than Richardson's 10 since he scored for the first time in his college career in the seventh game of 2010 against Texas Tech.

In the past eight games, Richardson has 41 catches for 783 yards and 10 scores.

Magic number nine

As realignment talk has continued to swirl, several readers have asked over the past week how many votes are required in the Pac-12 to approve any possible expansion in the league.


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The league's bylaws say nine of the 12 presidents or chancellors must vote in favor of expansion for any new member to be added.

Some have speculated that CU would vote against expanding the conference.

It's premature to go that far.

CU would probably raise concerns and maybe even voice its displeasure publicly about the idea of being effectively thrown back into the Big 12 if the league chooses to invite Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Texas and Texas Tech, but it would probably ultimately vote for expansion when push comes to shove.

Fellow Pac-12 writer Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News recently wrote that if the conference expands, Colorado should basically shut up and make the sacrifice of supporting it because other teams in the Pacific Northwest did exactly that when inviting CU and Utah to join the league.

There is some truth to that, but the reality is those schools had no choice in the matter if they wanted to get to 12 teams in order to have a championship game and enhance the league's position in negotiating its media rights deal.

The league is over no such barrel in this case and if the conference ultimately does expand to 16 teams and split into two divisions, those teams in the northwest will get back into California more often and will not have sacrificed much in the end.

Meanwhile, the Buffs will have it much tougher than they did before competitively if they are sharing a division with Texas and Oklahoma.

Pressure on Walters

and Wildcats

Former Colorado safety Ryan Walters is one of the youngest assistant coaches in major college football coaching the secondary at Arizona this season.

Walters and his fellow defensive coaches have their work cut out getting the Wildcats' pass defense tightened up. The Wildcats are allowing 78 percent of opponents' passes to be completed in the early going this season.

"We need to defend the pass better," Arizona head coach Mike Stoops said. "We need to get our hands on some balls and knock some balls down at the line of scrimmage and pressure the quarterback. There is a lot of things we can do better."

Arizona isn't alone in allowing too many passes to be completed. According to NCAA statistics, 26 teams in the Football Bowl Subdivision are allowing a 70-percent completion rate heading into this week's games.

"I think the offensive guys are smarter than the defensive guys," said Stoops, one of the best defensive coaches in the country. "We're a bunch of hard heads."

End this debate

Administrators, coaches and fans of non-BCS programs around the country have been arguing for years now that they can compete with the big boys and deserve to be on equal footing when it comes to postseason opportunities regardless of playing weaker schedules than BCS schools. 

These folks often point to wins in bowl games or victories against BCS teams in the one or two games they play against that level of competition each year as evidence that they deserve better.

Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is in the unique position of having been a have-not last year and being in a BCS conference this year. Whittingham's view ought to settle the argument once and for all if you ask me, but it won't.

"It's good football in the Mountain West but this is a different ball game now," he said. "It's essentially a bowl game every week."

Numbers game

2 -- The number of Pac-12 running backs ranked among the top 30 rushers in the nation after two weeks. Chris Polk at Washington is 25th averaging 116 yards a game and UCLA's Johnathan Franklin is 30th with 103 yards per game.

Who's hot?

Utah linebacker Chaz Walker has posted double-digit tackle totals in four consecutive games dating back to last season. He has registered 45 tackles in the past four games.

Who's not?

The Washington defense is allowing opponents to convert 70 percent of the time on third down, which has contributed to the Huskies giving up 59 points in their first two games.