Saturday, September 1, 2012
What's coming up: Part 2
By Kevin Gemmell
Three games coming up to close out Week 1 of the Pac-12 docket. Here's a look at what's on tap:
San Diego State at Washington (7:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Network): People know what Washington quarterback Keith Price is capable of, but a lot of the interest is on the defensive side of the ball to see what sort of impact new coordinator Justin Wilcox can make. The Aztecs are led by former Oregon State quarterback Ryan Katz.
Arkansas State at Oregon (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN): Marcus Mariota makes his debut as Oregon's quarterback with some outstanding talent around him -- including running back Kenjon Barner and do-everything back/receiver De'Anthony Thomas. Thomas was the only player in FBS with at least 500 rushing yards, 500 receiving yards and 500 kick return yards last season. Oregon's defense is being touted as the best of Chip Kelly's tenure.
Toledo at Arizona (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPNU): The Rich Rodriguez era gets underway with Matt Scott running the offense. In his 22 appearances (including five starts) he's completed 63.8 percent of his passes with six touchdowns. Last time they met in 2010, Arizona came out on top 41-2. Arizona's defense, however, does have some questions -- particularly at linebacker where the Wildcats are thin.