The 12 Pac Review is back with the power poll. Just a reminder the power poll will be based upon who we think is going to win each division. Just because a team loses doesn't mean they'll automatically drop based on remaining schedule or previous games. With all that, lets get to this week's action.
1. USC 49 vs Hawaii 10 - The #1 team in the country came out with a lot of hype and expectations and they didn't disappoint. Heisman candidate Matt Barkley went 23/38 for 372 yards and 4 touchdowns. This game was over from the first play when Barkley hit Marquis Lee on a short out route that he took for 75 yards to the endzone. Speaking of Lee, he was electric. Lee had 10 receptions for 197 yards and a 100 yard kick return for a touchdown. Robert Woods contributed 6 catches for 42 yards and Silas Redd didn't disappoint either adding 9 carries for 56 on the ground. While the offense and Barkley looked crisp from the get go, the defense didn't really wow me. USC's secondary is strong and should put up a fight against anybody, but the front seven didn't look like year's past. Then again, it was just Hawaii.
2. Utah 41 vs N Colorado 0 - The only team in the Pac to pitch a shutout this week against inferior competition was Utah. I truly expect Utah to vie for the South Division title with the defense they are putting on the field. Northern Colorado had a total of 114 yards on 50 plays. The big question mark for the Utes still has to be Jordan Wynn and his ability to lead the team offensively.
3. Arizona State 63 vs N Arizona 6 - The Todd Graham era got off to a great start Thursday night. Defensively ASU still looks very athletic, only now they look like they play under control. ASU only had 4 penalties for 30 yards which had to be a welcomed sight for the ASU fans. New QB, Taylor Kelly, had an efficient game offensively throwing for 247 yards on 19 attempts and rushed for 43. Previous Oregon target DJ Foster had himself a decent game as well rushing for 67 on just 8 carries. If ASU continues to play this way, don't be surprised if they give Utah and USC a run for their money in the South.
4. Ucla 49 at Rice 24 - You're reading that right, Ucla scored 49. Brett Hundley and Johnathan Franklin are dynamic duo in the Ucla backfield. Franklin rushed for 214 yards and Hundley carried for another 68. Hundley is a big boy at 6'3" 230lbs and once he gets going on the ground, he's going to be tough to bring down. The only area of concern for the Bruins has to be that they allowed Rice to stay in this game for 3 quarters. Mora has some work to do to get that defense ready for Pac 12 offenses.
5. Arizona 24 vs Toledo 17 OT - This was a game of missed opportunities for Arizona. The Wildcats had 2 long touchdowns called back because of penalties and 2 missed field goals. One of those missed field goals was a 25 yarder at the end of regulation to win it. An amazing scramble and pass for a touchdown in overtime by Matt Scott allowed Arizona to pull out the win. If Rich Rod and the Wilcats have any hope in competing in what looks like a much improved South Division this year, they're going to have to clean things up and execute better.
6. Colorado 17 vs Colorado St 22 - If you're a Buffs fan, you have to be questioning your coaching this morning. Colorado was down 16-14 with a little over 3 minutes to go in the 3rd quarter with a fourth and goal at the 1 yard line. After a long official review, Colorado decided to go for it and missed the touchdown, leaving CSU in the lead. CSU was able to add two more field goals in the 4th and in the end, Colorado was forced to try for the endzone late in the game instead of trying to just get themselves into field goal range in Mile High stadium with the wind at their back. For losing to a bad team and combined with poor coaching decisions, Colorado finds themselves in the basement early in the power polls, and it doesn't look like they'll be getting out any time soon.
1. Oregon 57 vs Arkansas St 34 - Marcus Mariota was awesome in his first ever game action. Mariota was pulled half way through the second quarter going 18/22 for 200 yards and 3 touchdowns. De'Anthony Thomas is also a threat to score every time he touches the ball, and he was pretty close to that on Saturday as well. Thomas scored 3 times on 7 touches. The defense on the other hand was pretty pathetic. Sure it was a very vanilla scheme by Aliotti, but so was the play. The only real bright spot was the ability of the corners to tackle in space. The defensive line got absolutely no push and the linebackers were slow to react to plays on the edges. Rob Moseley's tweet from Aliotti pretty much sums up my feelings:
Nick Aliotti: "I was happy when it was 50-3. It went downhill from there." Dude was legitimately cheesed!- Rob Moseley (@DuckFootball) September 2, 2012
2. washington 21 vs San Diego State 12 - Well the defense didn't give up 777 yards, so that's an improvement, I guess. The huskies still have a lot of work to do before they take on #3 LSU next week. The offense didn't score a touchdown after the first quarter Saturday and the defense gave up over 200 yards rushing. Austin Seferian-Jenkins and Kasen Williams look great though. Both of those guys are going to be beasts in the Pac this year, as long as Price can stay healthy. Price still doesn't look like he moves well with that knee brace on, but he was efficient once again going 25/35 for 222 yards.
3. Stanford 20 vs San Jose St 17 - If you watched this game, it was pretty apparent that Stanford is going to miss Andrew Luck as much as many people are predicting they would. Stanford also looked like they are missing 2 first round draft picks from their offensive line. The Cardinal were only able to average 3.8 yards per carry on the ground against the Spartans and need a field goal late to pull out the win.
4. Cal 24 vs Nevada 31 - I wonder if Cal fans are ready to contemplate firing Tedford now? Cal opened a revamped Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon by taking a giant dump in the middle of the field. Offensively this team is Keenan Allen and nobody else and Nevada knew it by double, triple and sometimes quadruple teaming him. That didn't stop his brother, Zach Maynard, from trying to throw to him as he went 17/30 for 247 yards. Defensively Cal looked lost when it came to the Pistol offense and the zone read (I'm sure that won't hurt you in the Pac). Nevada sophomore QB Cody Fajardo rushed for 97 yards and junior running back Stefphon Jefferson added 145 more.
5. Washington St 6 at BYU 30 - Not the way many Coug fans hoped to start the season under Mike Leach. Leach's offense looked anemic against BYU. Rarely did BYU rush more than 3 players, so while Tuel usually had plenty of time, rarely could he find anyone open. BYU also completely ignored WSU's ability to run. WSU only carried it 10 times for 13 yards. The Cougs didn't help themselves much either as a touchdown and a long pass reception to Marquess Wilson were both called back because of penalties. WSU has a lot of work to do to get ready for the Pac, but the way it looked Thursday, they are lacking quite a bit of talent too.
6. Oregon St vs Nicholls St - For the second year in a row, OSU failed to defeat an FCS team at home in the opening week.
Next Week's Games:
Utah at Utah St (Friday game)
Nebraska at Ucla
Illinois at ASU
Oklahoma St at Arizona
Sacramento St at Colorado
USC at Syracuse
Wisconsin at Oregon St
Fresno St at Oregon
Washington at LSU
Southern Utah at Cal
Duke at Stanford
Eastern Washington at Washington St
If you thought the Pac was brutal this week, wait until next week when Ucla, Arizona, Oregon St and Washington all get blown out on the National stage. Ugh.