Monday, September 6, 2010
Quick previews: Pac-10 Week 2
By Ted Miller
Here's a quick look at Week 2 in the Pac-10
All times are PDT. And all games are on Saturday.
Colorado at California (FSN, 12:30 p.m.)
A preview of a future Pac-12 game! The competition will be a bit stiffer this weekend for the Bears after they pushed UC Davis around. The Buffaloes look much improved after whipping rival Colorado State last weekend. Up next: at Nevada.
Oregon at Tennessee (ESPN2, 4 p.m.)
The Ducks were dominant in all phases vs. New Mexico, but this is a substantial step up in opponent and hostile venue. Sure, this isn't the Volunteers of the 1990s, but this is still a quality SEC foe. It will be interesting to see how Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas reacts to his first taste of a big-time road venue. On the plus side for Oregon, running back LaMichael James returns. Up next: Portland State.
Stanford at UCLA (ESPN, 7 :30 p.m.)
The first conference game of the year. UCLA will be looking for a better performance from its defense after Kansas State rolled up huge rushing numbers over the weekend. An interesting test between the Bruins' new pistol offense, which mostly struggled at Kansas State, and Stanford's new 3-4 defense. Up next: Stanford plays host to Wake Forest and UCLA plays host to Houston.
Virginia at USC (FSN, 7:30 p.m.)
Last time these teams tangled in 2008, USC won 52-7 . That seems like a long time ago, and both teams have new coaches. Virginia beat Richmond and former USC quarterback Aaron Corp last weekend. The big question for the Trojans: Will the defense redeem itself after a pitiful performance at Hawaii? Up next: at Minnesota.
The Citadel at Arizona (7 p.m.)
This will be a warm-up for the big one on Sept. 18: A visit from Iowa. The Citadel is coming off a 56-14 win against something called "Chowan." Up next: Iowa.
North Arizona at Arizona State ( 7 p.m.)
New Sun Devils quarterback Steven Threet was sharp in his first start, and this one will serve as a second preseason game for him to get ready for a Sept. 18 visit to Wisconsin. NAU is coming off a 48-0 win against Western New Mexico. Up next: at Wisconsin.
Syracuse at Washington (FSN, 4 p.m.)
Washington will try to regain its mojo after a tough loss at BYU. Jake Locker's first career start as a redshirt freshman in 2007 was a 42-12 win at Syracuse. The Orange beat Akron 29-3 last weekend. Up next: Nebraska.
Montana State at Washington State (7 p.m.)
An absolute must-win for Paul Wulff and the Cougars after the disappointingly uncompetitive performance at Oklahoma State. This is likely the only game in which the Cougars will be favored this season. Up next: at SMU.
Oregon State is off. It plays at Louisville on Sept. 18.