Saturday, September 8, 2012
What's coming up: Part 2
By Kevin Gemmell and Ted Miller
A look at what's coming up in the second half of the day for the Pac-12. Kevin will be bringing a pregame report from Pasadena and Ted will be reporting from Tucson. ESPN Los Angeles is blanketing USC at Syracuse.
Times are PT.
Fresno State (1-0) at No. 4 Oregon (1-0), 3:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network: Since the Ducks pulled quarterback Marcus Mariota with 7:03 left in the second quarter (they were leading 50-3) many are excited to see if he'll make it through an entire game. Or at least take a snap in the second half. The Ducks scored a touchdown on their first seven possessions last week. This will be the first road game -- and first time against a ranked opponent -- for new Fresno State head coach Tim DeRuyter, who has spent the majority of his career as a defensive coordinator.
Washington (1-0) at No. 3 LSU (1-0), 4 p.m., ESPN: Of all the nonconference games on the docket this weekend, this one might be the most meaningful to Pac-12 fans since it's against the SEC. Washington quarterback Keith Price has explosive potential, but the Huskies lost part of their running back by committee last week when Jesse Callier went down for the year with a knee injury. At question is whether Washington can run the football against LSU's front and whether they can stop the run. Chances are this game is won or lost at the line of scrimmage.
Duke (1-0) at No. 25 Stanford (1-0), 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network: The Cardinal weren't spectacular in their debut against San Jose State last week. Part of it might have been rust, part of it could have been the team pressing a bit too hard in its first game without Andrew Luck, or maybe the Cardinal will really take a major step back in 2012. It's too soon to tell, but a lot of their issues at the line of scrimmage need to be sorted out before USC comes to town next week. It'll be interesting to see what the return of linebacker Shayne Skov does for the defense.
Illinois (1-0) at Arizona State (1-0) , 7:30 p.m., ESPN: This should be a more substantial test for the new-look Sun Devils under Todd Graham, who were clean and dominant on both sides of the ball while whipping Northern Arizona. Arizona State leads the series 2-1, but Illinois won 17-14 last year at home. In that game, Illinois recorded six sacks, two interceptions and recovered a fumble. The big question is whether Illini starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase will be healthy enough to play. Scheelhaase left the Illini's victory over Western Michigan last week with an ankle injury. After he left, the offense managed no points and just 15 yards on the five drives with Reilly O'Toole at the helm. The defense scored Illinois’ only points after Scheelhaase left.