On Facebook last week we asked if someone from the Pac-12 could break through against a ranked team.
I guess the better question would’ve been: Can any ranked team break through against the Pac-12?*
(*SEC teams not included.)
After a banner weekend the Pac-12 mostly settles in for one last calm couple days before the fury of conference play. Your This Week in the Pac-12 TV schedule has arrived (all times Arizona/Pacific):
|Fri Sep 14||WSU||UNLV||6 p.m.||ESPN|
|Sat Sep 15||Cal||Ohio State||9 a.m.||ABC|
|Tennessee Tech||Oregon||12 p.m.||P12N|
|Portland St.||Washington||1 p.m.||FX|
|Colorado||Fresno St.||5 p.m.||CBSSN|
|South Carolina St.||ARIZONA||7:30 p.m.||P12N|
Do we have any volunteers to watch the entire 14-hour Pac-12 football marathon? The mileposts:
WSU (1-1) at UNLV (0-2)
The Friday night slot has not been a positive showcase for the conference thus far. Stanford barely got by San Jose State and then Utah couldn’t get by Utah State at all. Things have to turn around this week with Wazzu taking on the team that just lost to the mighty Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona.
Cal (1-1) at Ohio State (2-0)
Who doesn’t love morning football? While you’re eating your Honey Bunches of Oats the Golden Bears are going to try and recreate last week’s second and fourth quarters (20 and 30 points respectively) and avoid last week’s first and third quarters (0 and 0 points disrespectively).
Tennessee Tech (2-0) at Oregon (2-0)
There are only two battles between undefeated teams in the Pac-12 this week; I never would’ve guessed this to be one of them. But, TTU, you’re not playing North Greenville anymore.
Portland State (1-1) at Washington (1-1)
Last week the Huskies became the latest Pac-12 team to get mauled by LSU. The last team from this conference to beat Louisiana State was Stanford in the 1977 Sun Bowl. Portland State, on the other hand, lost to Oregon and ASU by a combined score of 123-9 last year.
ASU (2-0) at Missouri (1-1)
The team most affected by Mizzou’s conference change just might be the Sun Devils. ASU has 13 all-time wins against teams currently in the Big 12 but has never beaten an SEC team.
USC (2-0 / 0-0) at Stanford (2-0 / 0-0)
A conference game! A conference game! TWit-Pac doesn’t do a lot of predictions (you can’t lose if you don’t play) but I think USC is going to roll in this one. I do not believe Stanford is a top-25 team without Andrew Luck. Look for the newness of Nunes (comma, quarterback Josh) to be exploited.
Colorado (0-2) at Fresno State (1-1)
The Colorado/Sac State game was in fact just what the doctor ordered for a team coming off a humbling defeat. It just turned out the doctor was working for Sacramento State. This will not be an easy game for the Buffaloes. But looking at their schedule it might be the easiest one left.
BYU (2-0) at Utah (1-1)
Utah is the only Pac-12 team to get a ranked nonconference opponent at home this week. After losing by 44 in this game last year, BYU isn’t going to care one bit about the Utes having to go to their backup QB.
South Carolina State (1-1) at ARIZONA (2-0)
At a distance the Bulldogs’ helmets and color scheme look like that of the South Carolina Gamecocks. That should bring back happy memories for any UA baseball fans watching the game.
Houston (0-2) at UCLA (2-0)
So the Bruins are playing both Rice and Houston this year. Houston Baptist wasn’t available? The UH Cougars have been so bad this year their offensive coordinator resigned after just one game. (Sorry, I can’t help myself…) Houston, they have a problem.
OSU (1-0) – bye
The bad news for Beaver players and fans is for the second time in the short three weeks of the season OSU doesn’t have a game. The good news is they get to bask in the glory of the Wisconsin win for another seven days.
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After just two games it’s clear that Rich Rodriguez’s frantic pace on offense is going to lead to a lot more snaps which will give good players opportunities to put up big numbers.
The biggest individual number against Oklahoma State belonged to running back Ka’Deem Carey. The sophomore found the end zone four times tying him for the second-best scoring day in school history.
|1||Art Luppino||5||4||0||1||9/18/1954||NMSU||W 58-0|
|2t||Don Beasley||4||4||0||0||11/28/1953||at ASU||W 35-0|
|2t||Art Luppino||4||4||0||0||9/25/1954||at Utah||W 54-20|
|2t||Harry Holt||4||4||0||0||10/9/1976||UTEP||W 63-12|
|2t||Richard Hersey||4||4||0||0||11/15/1980||Pacific||W 63-35|
|2t||Ronald Veal||4||4||0||0||10/15/1988||WSU||W 45-28|
|2t||Keola Antolin||4||4||0||0||11/15/2008||at Ore||L 55-45|
|2t||Ka’Deem Carey||4||3||1||0||9/8/2012||Okla St||W 59-38|
Considering Carey scored eight touchdowns last year he could be the first Wildcat to make a serious run at Art Luppino’s career TD mark of 48 set in the ‘50s.
If you’re going to chase the Cactus Comet you need a nickname. Ladies and gentlemen, I give to you: Ka’Dream.
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The goal last week was to become relevant. The objective this week is to become irrelevant.
The only way anyone outside Wildcat Universe pays any attention to this game is if the Cats lose. Get the win, stay healthy, stay ranked and then get ready…
No, I’m not even going to talk about next week. The team-with-uniforms-that-look-like-the-Gamecocks should get all the focus.
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