19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

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19 For '19 Offseason Topics: No. 17 Every Power Five Team's Letdown Game

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PAC-12 NORTH

California Golden Bears

Letdown/Sandwich Game: North Texas, Sept. 14
Game Before: at Washington
Game After
: at Ole Miss

The North Texas offense is potent enough to all but end this if Cal doesn’t have an offensive of its own this season. Coming after playing Washington in the Pac-12 opener and before going to Ole Miss is going to be a big, big problem in this quirky non-conference game.
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Oregon Ducks

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Washington State, Oct. 26
Game Before: at Washington
Game After
: at USC

Oregon has lost four straight to Washington State – it’s not like the focus won’t be there. However, this still falls into the definition of a sandwich game – at least a little bit. The week before? At Washington. The week after? At USC. In terms of letdown one way or another, watch out or the home opener against Nevada coming off the season opener against Auburn.
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Oregon State Beavers

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Cal Poly, Sept. 14
Game Before: at Hawaii
Game After
: Stanford

Cal Poly is supposed to be the cupcake game – but it might just be a fight. Oregon State has a rough run against Oklahoma State to kick things off, travels to Hawaii in what should be an intense battle, and then comes a week off to get ready for the Pac-12 opener against Stanford.
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Stanford Cardinal

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Oregon State, Sept. 28
Game Before: Oregon 
Game After
: Washington

The Cardinal get Oregon and Washington at home in Palo Alto, but the key games to the Pac-12 North season are wrapped around the trip to Oregon State. The date in Corvallis comes off a run of Northwestern, at USC, at UCF and Oregon.
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Washington Huskies

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Arizona, Oct. 12
Game Before: at Stanford
Game After
: Oregon

Going to Arizona is hardly easy no matter what, but it’s worse considering what the defending Pac-12 champs have around this. Try to say there’s no letdown after playing USC and at Stanford and with Oregon and Utah to follow.
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Washington State Cougars

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Oregon State, Nov. 23
Game Before: Stanford
Game After
: at Washington State

If the Cougars are in the Pac-12 North title chase, they’re going to need the game against Stanford in mid-November, and they can’t blink in the home finale against Oregon State. It’s a true sandwich date with the Cardinal the week before and the Apple Cup showdown at Washington to follow.
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PAC-12 SOUTH

Arizona Wildcats

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Oregon State, Nov. 2
Game Before: at Stanford
Game After
: at Oregon

Oregon State is the easy letdown game for several Pac-12 teams this season, and it’s a big moment for an Arizona team coming of road trips to USC and Stanford and with a much-needed week off to follow. The game after dealing with the Beavers at Oregon is going to be a problem.
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Arizona State Sun Devils

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Oregon State, Nov. 16
Game Before: USC
Game After
: Oregon

Okay, okay, so Oregon State can’t be every team’s letdown/sandwich game, but it sort of is time after time. For Arizona State, there’s a trip to Corvallis right after dealing with USC, and right before the final two home games of the year against Oregon and Arizona. The Beavers need to be rocking and rolling at this point.
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Colorado Buffaloes

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Air Force, Sept. 14
Game Before: Nebraska
Game After
: at Arizona State

The Buffs were able to slip past Nebraska last year in Lincoln, but this time around, the stakes are even higher considering both programs want to get out to a good start. That’s big, and so is Pac-12 opener at Arizona State. If the Air Force offense works, look out.
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UCLA Bruins

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Colorado, Nov. 2
Game Before: Arizona State
Game After
: at Utah

It’s not just that the Bruins get a week off right after playing Colorado, it’s that the focus will likely be on road games at Utah and USC. The Arizona State game will be big after losing a tight battle in Tempe last year, and that’s following a road trip to Stanford. Colorado might fall through the cracks.
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USC Trojans

Letdown/Sandwich Game: at Cal, Nov. 16
Game Before: at Arizona State
Game After
: UCLA

USC is going to hear all about how the 2018 season effectively ended with the loss to Cal, but that’s not going to make up for how weary the team should be in the rematch. The Trojans play five straight games in the second half of the season before going to Berkeley with tough showdown after tough showdown. With UCLA to follow, the Cal game will be tough.
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Utah Utes

Letdown/Sandwich Game: Northern Illinois, Sept. 7
Game Before: at BYU
Game After
: Idaho State

Yeah it’s the home opener, and yeah there’s a layup against Idaho State after it, But the Northern Illinois game is a landmine. First, it comes after the Holy War against BYU to kick things off. Second, the road game at USC is coming up to open up the Pac-12 slate just 13 days later. And finally, the Huskies gave the Utes a hard time in a 17-6 loss last year, beat BYU in Provo, and beat Nebraska on the road the year before. The program won’t be afraid of the road trip.
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