Three Pac-12 football teams lost on opening weekend. That might be considered a good result this week as the overall level of competition goes from cupcake to shark steak.
Here is your TV schedule and rapid-fire preview!
TWit-Pac on your television (all times Arizona/Pacific):
|Fri Sep 7||Utah||Utah St.||5 p.m.||ESPN2|
|Sat Sep 8||E. Washington||WSU||12 p.m.||P12N|
|Sacramento St.||Colorado||12 p.m.||P12N|
|Southern Utah||Cal||12 p.m.||P12N|
|Fresno St.||Oregon||3:30 p.m.||P12N|
|Oklahoma St.||ARIZONA||7:30 p.m.||P12N|
Now we see the hole in the “Every game will be on TV!” proclamation. Three games are scheduled to start at noon Pacific on Saturday and all will be carried by the Pac-12 Networks. Which game will you get if you live outside Washington, Colorado/Utah or northern California? It’s like Russian roulette where the bullet is a game featuring Sacramento State.
Utah (1-0) at Utah State (1-0)
The two oldest rivalries involving Pac-12 schools date back to 1892. One is Stanford/Cal. The other is this one, with the Utes holding a 77-28-4 edge over the Aggies across 120 years.
Eastern Washington (1-0) at WSU (0-1)
Uh oh, Mike Leach. EWU has posted a winning season in 12 of the last 13 years; the program you inherited hasn’t had a winning season in eight years. The Eagles beat an FBS team last week while your team got knocked around at BYU. Shiver your timbers.
Sacramento State (0-1) at Colorado (0-1)
The Just What the Doctor Ordered Bowl, part I. Colorado was humbled last week by in-state rival Colorado State and the Buffaloes have two straight away games after this one. CU is very happy to welcome a Sac State squad that got beat by 30 at New Mexico State.
Southern Utah (0-1) at Cal (0-1)
The Just What the Doctor Ordered Bowl, part II. Jeff Tedford’s seat was warm before the season, it got hotter after losing at home to Nevada and it might heat up to Mike Stoops level after road trips to Ohio State and USC. The Bears need to go Oklahoma State on Southern Utah.
USC (1-0) at Syracuse (0-1)
This game will be at MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s Giants, which may be good news for the Orange who had a giant disappointment in their season opener. Syracuse erased a 22-point second-half lead against Northwestern in the Carrier Dome only to surrender the game-losing touchdown with 44 seconds left. The only adversity facing the Trojans is being ranked No. 2 instead of No. 1
Wisconsin (1-0) at OSU (0-0)
The Beavers had their warm-up game blown away by a hurricane, which probably increases their chances of getting blown out against the top-15 Badgers.
Fresno State (1-0) at Oregon (1-0)
FSU put up 37 points in beating Weber State last week. The Bulldogs may need twice that to keep up with the Ducks.
Washington (1-0) at LSU (1-0)
In a week where there isn’t a single game between two ranked teams this one stands out. If the Huskies somehow pull it off, every team in the SEC will bring its own tiger to practice. Rich Rodriguez might go out and capture some ducks or dig up some dead guys from Troy.
Nebraska (1-0) at UCLA (1-0)
After meeting six times in a 12-year span in the ‘80s and ‘90s, this is the first Bruin/Husker showdown in 18 years, or three Rick Neuheisel jobs ago.
Oklahoma State (1-0) at ARIZONA (1-0)
I was tempted to list the Cowboys’ record as 1.5-0 after they scored 84 points last week.
Illinois (1-0) at ASU (1-0)
With a road trip to Missouri still to come this is the Toledo portion of Arizona State’s schedule. Except the part where Toledo won nine games last year while Illinois ended the regular season on a six-game losing streak.
Duke (1-0) at Stanford (1-0)
Who do you want to play after barely beating San Jose State at home? How about a Duke program that is 1-0 for just the third time in the past ten years? Better yet for Stanford, the Blue Devils haven’t gotten to 2-0 since 1998.
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The Wildcats are preparing for the third game in their home-and-home-and-bowl series with Oklahoma State. In a competitively perfect world the teams would’ve split the first two meetings but the Cowboys have had their way to the tune of 73-24.
Talking about Arizona this week OSU wide receiver Isaiah Anderson said, “It almost feels like we are establishing a new rivalry with them.” True, like lions have a rivalry with wildebeests.
The one advantage the wildebeests have this week is the element of surprise. RichRod hasn’t lost to Oklahoma State. Matt Scott hasn’t lost to Oklahoma State as a starter. The Arizona program hasn’t lost to Oklahoma State in Tucson since 1932.
OSU is replacing two first-round draft picks on offense but this is year eight of the program’s revival under coach Mike Gundy, with the helping hand (and wallet) of billionaire T. Boone Pickens.
They say money can’t buy happiness but when you look at the before and after portraits of Oklahoma State and Oregon, it sure can buy a lot of college football victories.
Now where did I put my billion dollars?
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