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12-Pac Review: The South Impresses In Week One

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ATQ's weekly Pac-12 power poll returns. Who is best in the west?

Christian Petersen

Shoutout to Matt Daddy on this opening 12-Pac Review. Hope you enjoyed this weekend's games.

North --

1. Stanford 45, UC Davis 0

Stanford looked every bit their old selves, giving up only 115 yards to UC-Davis. They held the Aggies to less than 2.5 yards per play and 1-13 on third down. Meanwhile, three Cardinal quarterbacks combined to throw for over 300 yards and Ty Montgomery scored on a 60-yard punt return and an a 44 yard touchdown reception.

2. Oregon 62, South Dakota 13

Oregon's offense was it's dominant self, wrecking the Coyotes for 672 yards. Byron Marshall, doing his best DeAnthony Thomas impression at slot receiver and running back, had over 200 yards of total offense, while Marcus Mariota threw three touchdown passes and ran for another. However, the jury is still out on a defense that gave up five yards per play in the contest.

3. California 31, Northwestern 24

The Pac-12's pleasant surprise of the first week of the season, snapping a 16-game losing streak to FBS foes. Jared Goff threw for 284 yards and three TD's, but it was the performance of a finally healthy defense that really led Cal to the win.

4. Oregon State 29, Portland State 14

As is their M.O., the Beavers struggled against an FCS opponent to start the season, trailing 14-13 at the half. But the Beavers turned it on in the second, and gave up only 214 yards in the game. Storm Woods averaged 7.8 yards per carry.

5. washington 17, Hawai'i 16

Jeff Lindquist was 10/26 for 162 yards, 91 of those on a touchdown pass to John Ross. They have to hope that they get better from Cyler Miles, who returns from suspension next week.

6. Washington State 38, Rutgers 41

Coug'd it.

South --

1. Arizona 58, UNLV 13

UNLV was a bowl team last year, and Arizona beat them like a stepchild, to the tune of 787 yards. Arizona found their quarterback in Anu Solomon, who passed for 425 yards and four touchdowns, while Austin Hill came back from injury to look like his old self with 110 receiving yards.

2. USC 52, Fresno St. 13

So much for all the controversy surrounding the Trojans. USC didn't punt a single time in the game, as highly touted freshman Juju Smith went over the century mark receiving. This team sent the message that they are absolutely loaded in the starting lineup--the question will be depth over the course of a season.

3. Arizona State 45, Weber State 14

DJ Foster is one of the most dangerous weapons in the nation, exploding for 147 yards and three touchdowns on only 15 carries. Weber didn't score until well into second half garbage time.

4. Utah 56, Idaho State 14

Travis Wilson looked fully healthy, but the big story is Kaelin Clay, who returned both a punt and a kick for a touchdown. The Utes now play ten in a row against bowl teams from a season ago, beginning with a home tilt against Fresno State.

5. UCLA 28, Virginia 20

UCLA probably posted the best win in the South, but the problem was they looked so thoroughly mediocre doing it. The offense that was supposedly national championship worthy under Brett Hundley was held to a single score, and three defensive TDs put the Bruins over the top. UCLA survived, but will have to look far better against Memphis next week to convince me of the hype.

6. Colorado 17, Colorado State 31

Can we have a refund?

Next week's games:

Arizona at Texas-San Antonio

Washington State at Nevada

Michigan State at Oregon

Colorado at UMass

Fresno State at Utah

Sacramento State at Cal

Eastern Washington at Washington

USC at Stanford

Arizona State at New Mexico

Memphis at UCLA

Oregon State at Hawaii