It seems like it happens every year. A team that's favored to win -- sometimes by a little, sometimes by a lot -- gets shocked in the first week of the season and is left scrambling to pick up the pieces.
Will 2012 be the exception? The Pac-12 is favored in 10 of 11 games in Week 1 (Oregon State's game versus Nicholls State has been postponed), with Washington State as the only underdog tonight at BYU. So it begs the question: Of the other 10 games on the Pac-12's docket in Week 1, who is on upset alert?
Here are your choices for this week. (Note: I really, really wanted to put in Oregon as an option just to see if Ducks fans would continue Oregon's dominance of Pac-12 blog polls, regardless of the question. But in good conscience, I just couldn't do it.)
UCLA at Rice: It's the first collegiate game for new Bruins coach Jim Mora and the first career start for quarterback Brett Hundley. Will being on the road play a factor?
Nevada at Cal: Logic says the Bears should be plenty fired up, playing at home in their renovated stadium. But let's not forget what The Pack did to Cal the last time they played.
Colorado vs. Colorado State (in Denver): Pretty important in-state rivalry game. Does new CSU head coach Jim McElwain have an upset in him in Week 1 and does new Colorado quarterback Jordan Webb have it all put together after only being on campus for a month?
San Diego State at Washington: Is Washington's rebuilt defense as good as advertised? The Aztecs are in Year 4 of Rocky Long's 3-3-5 defense, which has been known to give opposing teams fits.
Toledo at Arizona: We know Rich Rodriguez's team is going to score points. The scheme, Matt Scott and Ka'Deem Carey will take care of that. The question is, can the defense, which is awfully thin at multiple positions, hold up?