Week 1

Pac-12 Week 1 Rankings & Quick Takes


What happened in all the Week 1 Pac-12 games? Where are all the teams ranked, and what’s the quick take on each game? Check out the Pac-12 rankings and analysis.


Pac-12 Week 1 Rankings, Predictions & Quick Takes

How are the Pac-12 predictions so far? SU: 10-1, ATS: 4-3

1. Oregon (1-0)

Final Score: Oregon 52, UC Davis 28
Prediction: Oregon 65, UC Davis 13
Up Next: Virginia

Quick Take: So how did the new guy do? Dakota Prukop was just fine completing 21-of-30 passes for 271 yards and three scores with a rushing score, while Royce Freeman ran for two touchdowns to balance things out. There were a few problems trying to get the timing down, and the O isn’t where it needs to be in terms of efficiency, but that’s what UC Davis is for. Oregon wasn’t sharp, but it still hung 52 on the board.

2. Stanford (1-0)

Final Score: Stanford 26, Kansas State 13
Prediction: Stanford 26, Kansas State 20, Stanford -15.5, o/u: 50
Up Next: USC (Sept. 17)

Quick Take: It wasn’t the best performance, and it certainly wasn’t where Stanford wants to be if it has any hope of going to the College Football Playoff, but it was an effective first win over a dangerous team with a nasty defense. The offense went ultra-conservative in the second half, and it worked overall – the Cardinal got the win – but going forward, 272 yards of total offense won’t get it done, even with Christian McCaffrey being Christian McCaffrey. Ryan Burns should be allowed to unleash the passing game a bit more after proving he could handle the work completing 14-of-18 passes for 156 yards and a score.
Stanford beats Kansas State: 5 Things That Matter

3. Washington (1-0)

Final Score: Washington 48, Rutgers 13
Prediction: Washington 34, Rutgers 16, UW -26, o/u: 55
Up Next: Idaho

Quick Take: Washington cruised to a win without any problem, and it got a huge day from John Ross coming off a knee injury – he returned a kick for a score and caught two touchdown passes – but it wasn’t all perfect. The running game didn’t work, with Myles Gaskin getting bottled up for 57 yards and the team running for 91 yards, but that’s nitpicking. The Huskies were up 48-3 going into the fourth quarter – they’ll work on the ground game against Idaho.

4. UCLA (0-1)

Final Score: Texas A&M 31, UCLA 24 OT
Prediction: Texas A&M 27, UCLA 24, Texas A&M -2, o/u: 56.5
Up Next: UNLV

Quick Take: The Bruins made way too many mistakes to win a tight game in an SEC stadium against a desperate team. Josh Rosen threw three picks, there were too many dropped passes, and outside of the late rally, there weren’t enough good offensive plays to ever get comfortable. Considering this was supposed to be the new, physical UCLA, it wasn’t there allowing five yards per carry and averaging just 3.1 yards per pop.
Texas A&M survives UCLA: 5 Things That Matter

5. USC (0-1)

Final Score: Alabama 52, USC 6
Prediction: Alabama 27, USC 20, Alabama -10.5
Up Next: Utah State

Quick Take: Just how quickly can USC rebound? This wasn’t just a loss to a very good team, this was a total meltdown and embarrassment in what was supposed to be the marquee showdown of the epic weekend. For a Trojan team with lofty expectations and lots of pride, and with the way last year’s team finished with the bowl loss to Wisconsin, Clay Helton and the coaching staff had better come up with something special against Utah State. This is too talented a team to lose to anyone – even Alabama – 52-6.
Alabama destroys USC: 5 Things That Matter

6. Arizona State (1-0)

Final Score: Arizona State 44, Northern Arizona 13
Prediction: Arizona State 52, Northern Arizona 17
Up Next: Texas Tech

Quick Take: It took a little while to get the machine rolling, but ASU’s attack finally started moving the ball thanks to Manny Wilkins. He threw a pick, but he was good enough throwing the ball and led the team with 89 yards and a touchdown. The problem? The secondary got lit up for 369 yards a week before playing Texas Tech. The final score might be an ugly blowout, but don’t be fooled – this was tough going into the fourth quarter. The O has to start working earlier – the running game has to be part of it – next week.

7. Utah (1-0)

Final Score: Utah 24, Southern Utah 0
Prediction: Utah 34, Southern Utah 10
Up Next: BYU
Quick Take: It might not have always been pretty on offense, but Utah will take a shutout from the ultra-aggressive an effective D that allowed just 158 yards, and it’ll certainly take a huge day from P Mitch Wishnowsky averaging 55.5 yards per blast. Troy Williams was good enough in his first start completing 20-of-35 passes for 272 yards and two scores, but the ground game was just okay and in the end, this was the D’s day.

8. Arizona (0-1)

Final Score: BYU 18, Arizona 16
Prediction: BYU 34, Arizona 30, Arizona -1, o/u: 62
Up Next: Grambling State

Quick Take: The defense that seemingly couldn’t come up with a stop last year almost got the job done. It got run on by BYU, and it gave up a slew of short to midrange throws, but all it was effective. All it needed to do was get one final stop, and it couldn’t get the job done. The O just never had the ball with BYU keeping the ball for almost 38 minutes, but Nick Wilson finally busted through with what seemed like a game-winning touchdown run. The D didn’t hold – it was a painfully missed opportunity.

9. Colorado (1-0)

Final Score: Colorado 44, Colorado State 7
Prediction: Colorado 27, Colorado State 23, Colorado -8, o/u: 54.5
Up Next: Idaho State

Quick Take: After so many problems and so many down moments over the last several years, you take these when you can get them. Colorado almost pitched a perfect game with Sefo Liufau showing no problems whatsoever after his foot injury throwing for 318 yards and a score – and running for 66 yards – but this was a total team effort in the blowout. The defense destroyed the Rams from the start forcing mistake after mistake, the offense capitalized, and the team came out roaring.

10. California (1-0)

Up Next: at San Diego State

11. Oregon State (0-1)

Final Score: Minnesota 30, Oregon State 23
Prediction: Minnesota 27, Oregon State 20, Minnesota -13, o/u: 51
Up Next: Idaho State (Sept. 17)

Quick Take: The defense couldn’t hold its own against the run in the second half, and that turned out to be the big difference. The Gopher running game was held to just 3.2 yards per carry with plenty of Beaver plays made behind the line, but in crunch time, Mitch Leidner and the Minnesota offense ran to keep things moving. On the plus side, Utah State QB Darell Garretson looks like a keeper. He didn’t run like Gary Andersen likes his quarterbacks to do, but he was decent and keeping the passing game moving in the first three quarters.
– Minnesota beats Oregon State: 5 Things That Matter

12. Washington State (0-1)

Final Score: Eastern Washington 45, Washington State 42
Prediction: Washington State 44, Eastern Washington 34
Up Next: at Boise State

Quick Take: Really? Again? After losing to an FCS team last year, Wazzu was supposed to come out ready to rock and roll and be ready. The offense was just fine, but the defense couldn’t stop EWU’s Gage Gubrud and his five touchdown passes and rushing score. The Cougar offense was terrific, Luke Falk and Gabe Marks were fantastic – the two hooked up ten times for two touchdowns – but the D was a rumor. Boise State’s offense should fire at will next week.