Section 9

Football games at football stadiums!
Photo by Wildcat Universe

The good news is the Pac-12 has a season-high five ranked teams this week. The bad news is the conference plays a season-low zero ranked non-conference teams.

The best game is the lone league contest as it features two (possibly) championship favorites who are both (technically) undefeated.

The TV schedule for the week (all times Arizona/Pacific):

Sat Sep 21Idaho St.Wash.12 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Sep 21Utah St.USC12:30 p.m.ABC/ESPN2
Sat Sep 21Arizona St.Stanford4 p.m.FOX
Sat Sep 21Oregon St.San Diego St.4:30 p.m.CBS Sports Network
Sat Sep 21UtahBYU7:15 p.m.ESPN2
Sat Sep 21New Mex. St.UCLA7:30 p.m.Pac-12 Network
Sat Sep 21IdahoWash. St.7:30 p.m.Pac-12 Wash.

Idaho State (2-0) at Washington (2-0)
The Huskies have looked really impressive on offense, and that’s before playing a team that gave up 70 points four times last year.

Utah State (2-1) at USC (2-1 / 0-1)
Sorry, Lane, they can’t all be Boston College.

ASU (2-0 / 0-0) at Stanford (2-0 / 0-0)
This has to be the week Whoever’s Playing ASU breaks through, even if it takes the refs allowing players to lie on the ball for 59 minutes and 57 seconds.

OSU (2-1 / 1-0) at San Diego State (0-2)
Oregon State losing to an FCS team at home, Oregon State beating a Pac-12 team on the road. No surprises anywhere.

Utah (2-1 / 0-1) at BYU (1-1)
The Utes have won three straight, four of five and eight of the last 11 games in this rivalry.

New Mexico State (0-3) at UCLA (2-0)
Nebraska 21, UCLA 3 = The Bruins are overrated! UCLA 41, Nebraska 21 = The Bruins are unstoppable! Added together it was the Pac-12’s best win of the young season.

Idaho (0-3) at Washington State (2-1 / 1-0)
To recap: Idaho State plays Washington, Washington State plays Idaho and Wibbleton to Wobbleton is 15 miles.

ARIZONA (3-0) – bye
158 passing yards against UTSA isn’t going to make anyone forget Nick Foles or Matt Scott but B.J. Denker has a touchdown run of at least 30 yards in all three games this year. Scott’s career long TD run was 18 yards and, I could be mistaken, but I believe Foles’ longest was -3 yards.

Oregon (3-0) – bye
New Oregon coach Mark Helfrich ruffled some duck feathers by saying Colt Lyera was out last week due to “circumstances” when it turns out he was just sick. Why do coaches have to get cute with their players’ health/injury updates? Was Tennessee really going to prepare differently if it was known a tight end was out because he had the flu as opposed to something like setting fire to a strip club?

Colorado (2-0) – bye
With last week’s game postponed due to the flooding in Boulder, the Buffaloes will have had 21 days of rest when they take the field next week against Oregon State. The positive is CU can say it was undefeated for four weeks.

Cal (1-2) – bye
The only Pac-12 team with two losses gets a week off before loss number three (Oregon and its “circumstances”).

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One more teaser week before conference play kicks into high gear. Stanford/ASU could be a Pac-12 Championship Game preview but after last week Oregon and UCLA sure look like the teams to beat in the North and South, respectively.

On the non-conference front, the only hope for glory this week is beating…the BYU team that beat 1-2 Texas and lost to Virginia? The Utah State unit that only lost to Utah by four? I guess when you have six out-of-conference games and four of them are against schools from the states of Idaho and Utah you get what you pay for.

If last week was Showcase Saturday for the Pac-12 this week is Sidestep Shame Saturday.

That and finally getting Whoever’s Playing ASU in the win column.