Most of the Pac-12 won games against small conference opponents last week. Let’s rile through them real quick.
– #5 Stanford dominated the yearly matchup with San Jose St. 34-13
– Cal squeaked by Portland State 37-30. This team is just bad, and next week is going to be tough for Cal fans.
– Oregon State struggled early, but pulled away against Hawaii in a 33-14 win.
– Arizona moved to 2-0 with a 58-13 win over UNLV.
– Colorado also moved to 2-0 with a 38-24 win over Central Arkansas, though the game was tied up 17-17 going into the fourth.
– Utah put up 70 points in a big win over Weber State, pushing them to 2-0 as well.
–Arizona State started out their season a week late, and have yet to give up a point, blanking Sacramento State 55-0.
– #2 Oregon crushed Virginia 59-10, winning the second half 31-0. If this defense is actually legit, Oregon is flat out scary.
– #16 UCLA and #19 Washington were idle last week.
Ok with that out of the way, let’s talk about the elephant in the room. After looking sluggish against Hawaii, USC came home for their season opener against lowly Washington State, and went out and put up 7 points. The defense only allowed three, but thanks to a late half pick six, the Cougars stayed tied for most of the game, before putting up a game winning field goal, pulling off the upset 10-7.
Ok, I don’t want to waste your time with another “Fire Lane Kiffin” speech, but……well here we go. Kiffin is an absolutely awful offensive play caller. His calls were so predictable that fans were calling it consistently out based on solely the formations. If we can figure out the plays, what do you think the defenses who have been looking at game film all week will do? USC”s longest pass was eight yards. Let me say that again. USC’s longest pass was EIGHT YARDS.
Look, I know Max Wittek and Cody Kessler are inexperienced. I know they are prone to mistakes. But let me ask you this. Is it worse to open up the offense and have these guys make mistakes, and occasionally make plays, down the field, or is it better to penny and nickle it down the field with a game plan that a 3rd grader could put together? I’ve never been a “fire the coach guy”. In my opinion, calling for someone’s job is terrible because it’s promoting cutting off a man and family’s primary source of income. However, if you are getting paid millions of dollars, you simply can’t go out every Saturday and shit the bed. All year long last year, I said Kiffin should be fired at the end of the season. I’m not saying that this year. Now, I’m saying fire him DURING the season. The season is already shot. It was before they lost. It’s time to get a fresh face in there and bring in a new system. Lord knows the current system isn’t working. I mean, even Matt Barkley agrees with me!
But I digress. Looking forward to next week, Oregon will welcome Tennessee to Autzen stadium. While the Vols are the toughest team the Ducks have played so far, it should still be a realitively easy game. Look for the Ducks to win 38-17.
Washington has had two weeks to enjoy their dominating win over Boise State in Week 1, and they have what could be a sneakingly tough test at Illinois. I think the Huskies start off slow, but pull away toward the end. Huskies win 34-20.
The big game for the conference is Cal hosting #4 Ohio State. Unfortunately for the Golden Bears, I think they are going to get trounced. Cal actually stuck around for a while last time these two played, but I don’t see that this year. Ohio State scores a blowout 49-17.
Perhaps the game of the week will be Arizona State hosting #20 Wisconsin. The Sun Devils always seem to find a way to pull off an upset over a ranked opponent each year, and this could be the one. ASU is coming off a scrimmage against Sacramento State, while the Badgers have beaten UMASS and Tennessee Tech 93-0 in the first two weeks. Something has to give, and I think ASU pulls it out in a nail biter 27-24.
There is also UCLA traveling to Nebraska. Last season, the Bruins knocked off the Cornhuskers 36-30 at the Rose Bowl, but this one will be in the farmland. The Bruins have had two weeks to rest and prepare for Nebraska, who barely squeaked out a 37-34 win over Wyoming in Week 1. this game could go either way for me, but I’m going to give UCLA the slight edge because of the bye week before. Bruins win 30-23.
In other games, I like Arizona to move to 3-0 over UTSA, Colorado to do the same against Fresno State, and I like Utah to knock off a struggling Oregon State team at home to get one of their big Pac-12 wins.
Lastly, there’s USC hosting Boston College. In theory, the Trojans can’t get any lower. They were embarassed at home last week, and were met by a chorus of boos throughout the game. If USC can’t get up for a big win here, than you might as well mail in the whole season. It will still be ugly, but USC wins 20-10.
What did you think of USC’s loss? Who do you like between UCLA and Wisconsin? Let us know in the comments!