The Pac-12 didn’t do a ton to either hurt or help their cause in trying to solidify themselves as the #2 conference in the nation behind the SEC. The Pac-12 South looked fantastic, as every team in the division won, except Arizona State, who was idle. However, the Pac-12 North didn’t fare so well. That division went 2-3, with Stanford being the lone idle team. The biggest black eye of the weekend came here, with Oregon State falling to lowly Eastern Washington.
The Beavers had high hopes this season, starting out as the #25 ranked team in the country. After leaving 7-6 after one vs. EWU, they were blown out in the second quarter, leaving them down 30-17 at halftime. They were able to outscore the Eagles in the second half, but ultimately fell short 49-46. Every week 1 there seems to be a overconfident big conference school that overlooks their subpar week 1 opponents, and it looks like Oregon State was the victim of that curse here.
Other than that, the weekend went basically as planned. Oregon once again showed they can blow out the terrible non-conference opponents they always schedule, thumping Nicholls State 66-3. The biggest story of the weekend came from the Washington Huskies, who absolutely dominated #19 Boise State at home. The Huskies led 10-3 at halftime, but opened it up in the second half on route to a blowout score of 38-6. Rounding out the Pac-12 North, Cal lost to #22 Northwestern 44-30. Despite keeping it close throughout (27-24 at end of 3rd), they weren’t able to pull off the upset. And Washington State, who figures to be at the bottom of the division, lost to lowly Auburn 31-24.
In the Pac-12 South, USC looked less than impressive at Hawaii. The Trojans actually trailed 5-3 in the middle of the second quarter before back-to-back touchdowns opened up the scoring. SC won the game 30-13, but they still have a ton of questions at the quarterback spot. In other Pac-12 South action, Arizona blanked Northern Arizona 35-0, Colorado beat in-state rival Colorado State 41-27, UCLA bested Nevada 58-20, and Utah edged out Utah State 30-26.
There isn’t a ton to get excited about this upcoming weekend on the west coast. As is often the case, many teams will be going through their “intense practice” sessions with smaller schools. The only game of note is USC playing host to Washington State in the lone conference battle of the week. While USC certainly struggled at times against Hawaii, they should be easily able to handle the Cougars, who won’t be much better than Hawaii. UCLA and Washington will have the week off as the rest of the conference will be on the field.
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