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  1. RSSBot

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    There was a point Saturday afternoon, immediately following UCLA’s overtime loss at Texas A&M, that I took initial stock of the Pac-12’s performance and concluded that Week One hadn’t been a rousing success or an utter failure.

    But then Saturday rolled on, the conference rolled over … first USC, then Washington State, then Arizona … and we’re left to assess the carnage.

    Not good.

    Not good at all.

    (Please note: I’m including Cal in this assessment. Its Week One was just earlier than the others.)

    Theme of the week I: Funny numbers — if they don’t make you cry, that is:

    Record vs; SEC: 0-2
    Record vs. Big Ten: 1-1
    Record vs. Power 5: 2-3
    Record vs FBS: 4-4
    Record vs. FCS: 3-1

    Theme of the week II: Playoff implications.

    Yes, it’s early. And the narrative could change several times over the coming weeks of non-conference play.

    And if the Pac-12 champion finishes 13-0 or 12-1, it will assuredly reach the College Football Playoff.

    But the Week One results could very well be integral to the selection committee’s calculation — first impressions matter — if a two-loss Pac-12 champion, for instance, is competing for a semifinal spot against a two-loss Power 5 champ … or a one-loss Power 5 runner-up.

    The Pac-12 needs Texas A&M to compete for the SEC West title. It needs Alabama to contend for a playoff berth (safe bet). And it needs Rutgers, Minnesota and Kansas State to not stink.

    There are two more weeks of heavy non-conference action, along with a smattering of noncon affairs thereafter. The Pac-12’s season isn’t framed yet. But the first nail is in place.

    Theme of the Week III: New QBs.

    The conference has seven new starting quarterbacks. In each case, the assimilation speed is vital to the team’s trajectory.

    Here’s a rundown:

    USC”s Max Browne (Alabama): 14-29, 101 yds, 0 TDs, 1 INT
    Oregon’s Dakota Prukop (UC Davis): 21-30, 271 yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs
    Cal’s Davis Webb (Hawaii): 38-54, 441, 4 TDs, 0 INTs
    Utah’s Troy Williams (So Utah): 20-35, 272 yds, 2 TDs, 0 INTs
    Oregon State’s Darell Garretson (Minnesota): 25-40, 228 yds, 3 TDs, 0 INTs
    Stanford’s Ryan Burns (Kansas State): 14-18, 156 yds, 1 TD, 0 INTs
    Arizona State’s Manny Wilkins (NAU): 20-27, 180 yds, 0 TDs, 1 INT

    Note to self I: Pick the Pac-12 to lose to a Football Championship Subdivision opponent next season.

    Washington State’s faceplant against Eastern Washington marked the second consecutive season the Cougars have stumbled against an FCS team and the fifth year in the past six that a Pac-12 team has done it.

    Schedule FCS at your own risk.

    Note to self II: Pencil in Eastern Washington’s Gage Gubrud as Oregon’s starting quarterback in 2017.

    Gubrud pulled a Vernon Adams (5 TD passes) in the victory in Pullman, and we know how the Ducks like to ride the FCS express.

    Note to self III: Your eyes did not deceive.

    Yes, Minnesota coach Tracy Claeys actually went for the 2-pt conversion after a late touchdown put the Gophers up by seven on Oregon State.

    (An extra point would have forced OSU to score a touchdown and convert the 2-pointer just to force overtime.)

    I have never seen that. Ever.

    Team of the Week: Colorado

    The Buffs’ dominant victory over Colorado State matters little in the grand scheme of Pac-12 postseason positioning. But it would seem to indicate they won’t be a pushover in the conference.

    Heck, I’ll take them over USC, straight up.

    (Just kidding.)


    Good win of the week: Not applicable.

    Seven wins by Pac-12 teams, and all seven came as double-digit favorites.

    Best experience of the week: Cal.

    The Bears went halfway around the world for their season opener, and it was worthwhile: The players had a terrific time in Sydney, the school collected a $1 million profit, and oh-by-the-way the Bears thumped Hawaii.

    Expect to see other Pac-12 teams play Down Under in the years to come.

    Tough loss of the week: Arizona.

    The Wildcats snatched defeat from victory from defeat, or something like that:

    They trailed for most of the game, took the lead with 1:26 left, then couldn’t stop BYU, which kicked the winning field goal with four seconds left.

    Bad finish of the week: UCLA.

    The Bruins were underdogs in College Station — there’s no shame in losing to A&M. But the way they lost was so … so … UCLA:

    First down at the seven in overtime, and couldn’t punch it in (no gain, two yards, incomplete, incomplete).

    Jim Mora’s mission to make his team tougher is clearly not complete.

    Worst loss in a half century: USC.

    The 52-6 embarrassment was the worst season-opening loss in Trojans history and the worst loss of any kind in 50 years. Making matter worse: The opponent’s playcaller.

    Oh, and the performance added a pile of doubt … another pile of doubt, actually … to the case that Clay Helton is the right coach to lead USC back to championship form.

    If he doesn’t last season, Lynn Swann can always promote from within the Trojan family, because that always works out so well.

    Takin’ care of business team of the week: Washington.

    All the hype and expectations could have made for an uninspired start for the Huskies. Instead, they took control early and dispatched Rutgers with ease.

    Game of next week: BYU at Utah.

    Not that we don’t love the Holy War, but let’s be honest: It’s the best game in a bad week for games.

    The other choices … WSU at Boise State, Cal at San Diego State, Texas Tech at ASU … aren’t exactly fit for the marquee.

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  2. SpacemanSpiff

    SpacemanSpiff Club Member Club Member

    Jul 14, 2005
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    Jon's mention about new QBs and their assimilation speed as it relates to team success, underlines the need to get Montez some snaps this year. Hopefully he plays quite a bit this coming week.
  3. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

    Oct 18, 2007
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    We seem to be turning heads.

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