Saturday, September 7, 2013
A quick look at today's Pac-12 slate
By Ted Miller
Here's what's ahead today in the Pac-12.
Weber State (1-0) at Utah (1-0), 2 p.m. Pac-12 Network: Utah leads the series 3-0. The last meeting was a 37-21 win in 2008. Weber State opened with a 50-40 win over Stephen F. Austin, while the Utes beat Utah State.
No. 3 Oregon (1-0) at Virginia (1-0) 3:30 p.m. ABC/ESPN: First meeting. Virginia beat BYU 19-16 in its opener, a game that featured a two-hour rain delay. The Cougars outgained the Cavaliers 362 yards to 223. Three Ducks eclipsed 100 yards rushing against Nicholls State: QB Marcus Mariota, RB De'Anthony Thomas and RB Byron Marshall. Since 2000, the Pac-12 is 26-23 when playing in the Eastern time zone. The Ducks are 3-0 during that span, beating Michigan (2007), Purdue (2008) and Tennessee (2010).
Portland State (1-0) at California (0-1) 5 p.m. Pac-12 Network: Cal leads the series 1-0, beating the Vikings 42-16 in 2006. Portland State beat Eastern Oregon 57-17 in its opener. In his first career start against Northwestern, Cal QB Jared Goff set a freshman record with 445 yards passing, the second-best overall total in school history, falling behind 503 yards from Pat Barnes in a four-overtime game against Arizona in 1996.
Hawaii (0-1) at Oregon State (0-1) 8 p.m. Pac-12 Network: Oregon State leads the series 5-3, with the Beavers winning the last meeting 45-7 in 2008. The Rainbow Warriors opened with a loss to USC. The Beavers, of course, lost to FCS Eastern Washington. The preseason story for Oregon State was the quarterback competition, but perhaps it should have been the defense, which got run over by the Eagles. QB Sean Mannion completed 37 of 43 passes for 422 yards and three touchdowns, while WR Brandin Cooks caught 13 passes for 196 yards and two scores.
Central Arkansas (1-0) at Colorado (1-0) 8 p.m. Pac-12 Network: First meeting. Central Arkansas beat Incarnate Word 58-7 on Saturday, while the Buffaloes snapped an eight-game losing streak with their win over Colorado State on Sunday. QB Connor Wood completed 33 of 46 passes for 400 yards and three TDs against the Rams. His interception-free game with 46 attempts was the second best in Buffs history.
Arizona (1-0) at UNLV (0-1) 10:30 p.m. CBS Sports Network: Arizona leads the series 1-0, winning 38-21 in 2001. UNLV opened with a 51-23 loss at Minnesota. That was the 23rd loss in a row on the road for the Rebels, but the Wildcats are coming to Sam Boyd Stadium. The Rebels actually outgained Minnesota 419 yards to 320 and rushed for a strong 193 yards. All-American RB Ka'Deem Carey, who was suspended for the season-opener against Northern Arizona, is expected to make his season debut.
Washington State (0-1) at No. 24 USC (1-0) 10:30 p.m. FoxSports 1: The first Pac-12 game of the season! USC leads the series 58-8-4, but the teams haven't played since a 50-16 USC win in 2010. The big question is how things will stack up at quarterback for the Trojans -- who will start and how much both Cody Kessler and Max Wittek will play. Connor Halliday is the Cougars quarterback and passed for 344 yards at Auburn, but also threw three costly interceptions. Now back in Pac-12 play, he will be facing a much more physical, athletic and talented defense this week. He can't afford similar mistakes, or Cougars coach Mike Leach might give Austin Apodaca a look.
San Jose State (1-0) at No. 4 Stanford (0-0) 11 p.m. Pac-12 Network: Stanford leads the Bay Area series -- now the Bill Walsh Legacy Game -- 51-14-1, but the Spartans gave the Cardinal trouble last year before falling 20-17. Of course, at the time we didn't know San Jose State would finish 11-2 and send coach Mike MacIntyre off to Colorado. The Spartans are now coached by Ron Caragher, who was hired away from San Diego, where he followed Jim Harbaugh. Spartans QB David Fales was the nation's most accurate passer last year. The Spartans opened with a 24-0 win over Sacramento State. At No. 4, Stanford has its highest preseason rank in its history. The Cardinal has been ranked 45 consecutive weeks dating back to Sept. 5, 2010. That is the school's longest continuous ranking in the polls. Stanford owns a nine-game home winning streak, longest in the Pac-12.