Saturday, September 15, 2012
Quick look at the early Pac-12 games
By Ted Miller
Here's a look at the Pac-12 day games. Kevin will be reporting -- LIVE! -- from USC's visit to Stanford at 4:30 p.m., while Big Ten blogger Brian Bennett is in Columbus for California's visit to Ohio State, which is a noon ET kickoff.
Tennessee Tech (2-0) at No. 4 Oregon (2-0) 3 p.m., Pac-12 Network: First meeting. Tennessee Tech is 0-28 against FBS programs. Tennessee Tech is coached by Watson Brown, brother to Texas coach Mack Brown. The Golden Eagles are coming off a 42-14 victory against Division II North Greenville. The big question is how long the Ducks starters stay in the game.
Portland State (1-1) at Washington (1-1) 4 p.m., FX: First meeting between the Northwest teams. The Vikings are coached by former two-time Husky captain Nigel Burton, who is in his third season at Portland State. Two former Huskies are on his staff, linebackers Lester Towns and Ikaika Malloe. The Huskies need to recover their mojo after getting unmanned 41-3 at LSU.
Arizona State (2-0) at Missouri (1-1) 4 p.m., ESPN2: The series is split 3-3, with the Sun Devils winning 37-30 in overtime last season in Tempe. ASU is 0-2 in Columbia. The Tigers left the Big 12 for the SEC this season, and the Sun Devils are 0-5 all-time against SEC schools. There have been reports that Tigers dual-threat quarterback James Franklin is questionable with a shoulder injury. If he can't go, backup Corbin Berkstresser would likely replace him. And it would be the second consecutive weekend that the Sun Devils faced a backup quarterback.
Colorado (0-2) at Fresno State (1-1) 8 p.m., CBS Sports Network: This will be the sixth meeting between Colorado and Fresno State, but the first between the schools at Bulldog Stadium. Colorado leads the series 4-1. The Bulldogs' only victory came in 2001, 24-22, behind quarterback David Carr. The big question for the Buffaloes is how the ball will be split between quarterbacks Jordan Webb, the Kansas transfer who started the first two games, and Connor Wood, a Texas transfer who lost the preseason competition to Webb. Coach Jon Embree said both will play. And will converted fullback Christian Powell turn in another bruising 100-yard performance?