Pac-12 Rankings & Thoughts: Week 1
The rankings & thoughts for all the Pac-12 teams after Week 1.
12. Oregon State Beavers (1-1)
Score: at Oregon State 35, Portland State 32
Next Up: Minnesota
– It’s a win. It wasn’t easy, but take it. It was hot, Portland State played a better game than it did against BYU, and it was a fight. But for an Oregon State team in search for something positive – helped by the Manasae Hungalu defensive TD – this was a start.
– Jake Luton threw an interception, but he completed 18-of-25 passes for 235 yards and a touchdown. He needed to with the running game sputtering.
– Ryan Nall couldn’t break free. He ran for 59 yards – a team-high – with a score, but the team cam up with just 154 yards.
11. Arizona State Sun Devils (1-0)
Score: at Arizona State 37, New Mexico State 31
Next Up: San Diego State
– Okay, Sun Devils. You weren’t great against New Mexico State, and now the offense has to go to another level against a strong San Diego State team. The Aggies almost pulled off the shocker late – ASU needs to tighten up, fast.
– The defense was a disaster – again. NMSU bombed for close to 398 yards and kept the pressure on in the fourth. However, the Sun Devils bottled up NSMU RB Larry Rose III.
– Manny Wilkins was impressive. He completed 22-of-27 passes or 300 yards and two scores. Blake Barnett completed 2-of-3 throws.
10. Arizona Wildcats (1-0)
Score: at Arizona 62, Northern Arizona 24
Next Up: Houston
– For one week, the Wildcats looked back to form. Enjoy – the program needed it. The running game tore off close to 11 yards per carry with 506 yards and two touchdowns.
– QB Brandon Dawkins did his part, completing 7-of-13 throws for 89 yards and a touchdown, and led the team with 92 rushing yards and two scores, averaging 13 yards per carry.
– The defense? It’s still a work in progress. NAU ran for 185 yards and three scores, keeping it interesting for a while.
9. Utah Utes (1-0)
Score: at Utah 37, North Dakota 16
Next Up: at BYU
– It wasn’t a rocky start for the new offensive look, but it could be better. The deep passing game wasn’t always there, but it was good enough against a decent FCS team
– When Utah needed to move, the ground game rumbled. Zack Moss ran for 128 yards and the team cranked out 272 yards and three scores, averaging almost six yards per carry.
– So how was Tyler Huntley? Solid. The new starter completed 23-of-32 passes for 227 yards and a score with a pick, and took off for 70 rushing yards and two scores.
8. California Golden Bears (1-0)
Score: California 35, at North Carolina 24
Next Up: Weber State
– Cal hasn’t changed too much, but it got the win. The tackling is still spotty, and it’s not physical enough, but to go into an ACC house and come away with a win is a huge moment to kick off the Justin Wilcox era.
– Ross Bowers threw two picks, but he threw for 363 yards and four scores, keeping the pressure on the Tar Heel secondary all game long.
– Now the O line has to start blasting away. It struggled to find a groove – Cal ran for just 106 yards and averaged three yards per try.
7. Colorado Buffaloes (1-0)
Score: Colorado 17, Colorado State 3
Next Up: Texas State
– For all those worried about the defense needing to rebuild, that worked out just fine. The Buffs overcame the issues in the secondary – giving up 309 passing yards – with three turnovers and several key stops.
– Steven Montez was solid, but not explosive. He threw two picks, but he completed 21-of-29 passes for 202 yards.
– Phillip Lindsay was Philip Lindsay, running for 140 yards and a score with a few big plays, and caught two passes.
6. UCLA Bruins
Score: at UCLA 45, Texas A&M 44
Next Up: Hawaii
– It’s going to go down as one of the greatest performances in the history of the Rose Bowl. Josh Rosen: 35-of-59, 491 yards, four touchdowns, no picks, amazing comeback.
– Now the bad. The UCLA run defense was miserable, allowing 382 yards and five scores. There’s a reason why Rosen had to be heroic – the defense was a disaster. Stanford’s ground game is coming up soon.
– Rosen will get all the love, but his receivers had something to do with it all. Caleb Wilson caught 15 passes for 208 yards, Darren Andrews caught 12 passes for 142 yards and two scores, and Jordan Lasley made four grabs for 100 yards and a touchdown.
5. Washington State Cougars (1-0)
Score: at Washington State 31, Montana State 0
Next Up: Boise State
– Washington State actually beat an FCS team. Don’t blow this off – it was a demon that needed to be exorcised to prove that this really is a new team in a new year.
– Luke Falk was amazing. The passing game was dominant, with Falk completing 33-of-39 passes for 311 yards and three scores.
– James Williams went off. He ran nine times for 45 yards, while catching 13 passes for 163 yards and two scores. The RB is a nice safety valve.
4. Oregon Ducks (1-0)
Score: at Oregon 77, Southern Utah 21
Next Up: Nebraska
– It was one week against an FCS team, but there we go. Every clicked in a nearly-perfect offensive performance, but the defense still has to prove it can step up. It struggled in the first half, but clamped down in the second.
– Justin Herbert completed 17-of-21 passes for 281 yards and a score, and ran for 12 yards, while Taylor Alie connected on all six of his throws. The passing game was razor sharp.
– The ground game looked the part. Royce Freeman looked as good as new, running for 150 yards and four scores, while Kani Benoit ripped off 107 yards and three scores on just seven carries. The explosion was there.
3. USC Trojans (1-0)
Score: at USC 49, Western Michigan 31
Next Up: Stanford
– Relax … for a moment. The big concern is a run defense that got hammered on by a good MAC offensive line – but a MAC offensive line, nonetheless. The Trojans allowed 263 rushing yards and well over five yards per carry.
– Sam Darnold might have been rocky early, but he was just okay overall with two picks, no touchdown passes, and 289 yards on 23-of-33 passes with a rushing score.
– Welcome to Ronald Jones II. He saved the day with 159 yards and three scores on just 18 carries, and Stephen Carr added 69 yards and two touchdowns averaging ten yards per pop. The Trojans ran for 232 yards and six score.
2. Stanford Cardinal (1-0)
Score: Didn’t Play This Week
Next Up: at USC
– The Cardinal have had a few weeks off. They’ve been able to rest of and get ready for the showdown against USC, and now they need to get physical. If Western Michigan could push around the Trojans, just wait for what Stanford will do.
1. Washington Huskies (1-0)
Score: Washington 30, at Rutgers 14
Next Up: Montana
– It was a rocky time getting going, but then it all kicked in. This is still the best team in the Pac-12, but it needs to get the offense going.
– Jake Browning was okay. He completed 17-of-30 throws for 284 yards and two scores. Dante Pettis has to keep making deep plays.
– Rutgers didn’t open it up at all, and the UW D did its job. It didn’t look like it had its 2016 swagger quite back yet, though.