What we learned in the Pac-12: Week 2

September, 9, 2012
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What did we learn in Week 2? Read on.

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Jonathan Ferrey/Getty ImagesSean Mannion and Oregon State had plenty to celebrate after knocking off No. 13 Wisconsin.
Big wins, bad losses: While the losses to non-AQ conferences are notable -- Cal, Washington State, Utah and Colorado -- winning three games against ranked nonconference foes is more substantial. While the early returns were lackluster, dispatching No. 13 Wisconsin (Oregon State), No. 16 Nebraska (UCLA) and No. 18 Oklahoma State (Arizona) shows the conference is deep. And underrated.

Oregon has injury issues: While Oregon doesn't talk about injuries, it's got a bunch. Ducks senior safety John Boyett leads a list of players who are hurt. Boyett might need season-ending knee surgery. Other wounded Ducks: senior guard Carson York (knee) , OT Kyle Long (leg) and WR Josh Huff.

Newbies look shabby: Utah lost on Friday at Utah State. Colorado went down at home to FCS team Sacramento State. On a weekend when the old Pac-10 played well, the conference's newest members laid eggs. Colorado's loss pretty much kills its bowl hopes -- yeah, just two games into the season. And Utah, which looked poised to climb into the Top 25 and perhaps be the South Division runner-up, now finds itself sinking as the rest of the South moves up with impressive wins. The honeymoon is over. You guys need to pull your weight.

Oregon State won't go 3-9 this year: Oregon State's 10-7 win over Wisconsin wasn't as close as the final score indicated. The Beavers, who lost 35-zip at Wisconsin last year, dominated statistically and were superior on both sides of the ball. If the Beavers are good enough to beat the 13th-ranked Badgers, you'd think they'll be good enough to earn a bowl berth. And maybe a pretty good one.

Washington not ready for prime time: The Huskies got blasted at LSU. Lots of teams would get blasted at LSU. Washington just hoped it wasn't one of them. Not there yet on the lines.

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