The Grand Kenjon leads Oregon into Knoxville.
Photo by Kirby Lee-US PRESSWIRE

This week’s Pac-10 schedule features the first conference game, a future conference game and the league’s only 2010 matchup with an SEC team.

Here’s your TV grid:

Sat. Sep. 11 (all times Arizona/Pacific)

Road Team Home Team Time TV
Colorado Cal 12:30 p.m. FSN
Oregon Tennessee 4 p.m. ESPN2
Syracuse Washington 4 p.m. FSNW
Montana State WSU 4 p.m.
The Citadel ARIZONA 7 p.m. KWBA/FCS
NAU ASU 7 p.m. FSAZ
Stanford UCLA 7:30 p.m. ESPN
Virginia USC 7:30 p.m. FSN

Before you complain about the lack of huge games, take a look at this week’s AP poll. By the time the 2010 non-conference season is complete the Pac-10 will have played #3 Boise State (OSU), #4 TCU (OSU again), #5 Texas (UCLA), #6 Nebraska (Washington), Oregon is #7, #9 Iowa (Arizona), and #11 Wisconsin (ASU). Nobody schedules like the Pac-10. Now the trick is to win a couple of them.

On to the games at hand…

Colorado (1-0) at Cal (1-0 / 0-0)
The first Pac-12 game! Someday. Come on, Buffs, hold a bake sale or something so you can save us from a year of Paco Once.

Oregon (1-0 / 0-0) at Tennessee (1-0)
This is a big one for conference pride. Part of USC’s mystique was due to beating SEC teams like Auburn (24-17 and 23-0) and Arkansas (70-17 and 50-14). If the Ducks want to establish themselves as the new face of the Pac-10 they need to conquer Rocky Top.

Syracuse (1-0) at Washington (0-1 / 0-0)
Jake Locker’s Heisman campaign got off to a slow start with a loss at BYU. He hopes to pile up big numbers against an East Coast school. I hope the Orange wear these again.

Montana State (1-0) at WSU (0-1 / 0-0)
Please win this, Cougs. I beg of you. We want you to have something else to cheer about besides waving a flag.

The Citadel (1-0) at THE ARIZONA (1-0 / 0-0)
The Bulldogs beat up on something called Chowan last week. Your Top-25 Wildcats are this close to a sellout which would make for a very rewarding home opener.

NAU (1-0) at ASU (1-0 / 0-1)
Arizona State College at Flagstaff renews its rivalry with Arizona State College at Tempe. So I did talk to Don Draper and he said ASU should have an Al Michaels night (start at the 4:00 mark here). Everyone with a paid admission gets a pair of these.

Stanford (1-0 / 0-0) at UCLA (0-1 / 0-0)
The Cardinal and Bruins open the conference season two weeks before anyone else. UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince was the anti-Foles last week, completing just 35% of his passes in the loss to Kansas State. You know you had a bad game when you play in a ten-team league and your QB is ranked #11.

Who do Wildcat fans want to win?
We start with an easy one. Stanford is predicted to finish in the upper division of the Pac-10, UCLA is not. Root for Bruins to pull off the upset and put Team Harbaugh in an early hole.

Virginia (1-0) at USC (1-0 / 0-0)
I’m going to go out on a limb and say the Trojans don’t give 588 yards in this one.

Oregon State takes a week off to wonder, “Why on earth are we playing this schedule?” Playing TCU in Dallas didn’t work out well and a trip to Boise State looms in two weeks.

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As a little bird told you it had been a very long time since Arizona held a team to exactly two points. Just for fun here’s the entire list of UA football games where somebody could do no better than a deuce:

Year Opponent Result Score
1899 ASU L 11-2
1910 NMSU W 18-2
1963 WSU L 7-2
1965 New Mexico L 24-2

Larry Smith once won a game by a score of 5-3 but the defensive dream of a 2-0 final is still out there.

I’m going to go out on another limb and say it won’t be accomplished this Saturday.