- Oregon’s win over FCS opponent UC Davis on Saturday was to be expected — even after the unexpected happened. The Aggies drew blood first before junior All-America running back Royce Freeman sparked what would be a span of 33 unanswered points on the Ducks’ way to a 53-28 Opening Day victory.
- If you thought the Ducks got off to a shaky start, just be glad they knew how to finish — unlike the Virginia Cavaliers, who will be in Eugene next Saturday for a 7:30 p.m. PT showdown. Virginia opened its season with consecutive turnovers and never recovered against Richmond, falling to the visiting FCS team, 37-20, on Saturday.
- The Pac-12 is loaded with quality competition, but looked a bit rusty coming out of the gate. Such is to be expected in Week 1, but some teams looked especially rusty (I’m looking at you, So-Cal schools!) Looking around the conference, No. 14 Washington took care of business against Rutgers, 48-13… Texas A&M upset No. 16 UCLA in OT, 31-24… Washington State dropped its fifth-straight opener with a loss to FCS opponent Eastern Washington, 45-42… No. 1 Alabama bulldozed No. 20 USC, 52-6 (yikes!)… A last-second field goal lifted BYU over Arizona, 18-16… Arizona State cruised by Northern Arizona, 44-13… And don’t forget about last week’s games!… Southern Utah 0 vs. Utah 24… Oregon State 23 vs. Minnesota 30… Colorado State 7 vs. Colorado 44… Kansas State 13 vs. No. 8 Stanford 26.
- Across the country, three FCS schools beat Power Five teams, and one of those Power Five teams belongs in the Pac-12. Aside Eastern Washington and Richmond getting the upsets over Washington State and Virginia, respectively, Northern Iowa edged Iowa State, 25-20.
All Things Ducks
- The Ducks’ 110-game sellout streak came to an end Saturday, and with that came a sappy video that may or may not have brought a tear to my eye. Blame the music!
- UC Davis didn’t just face the football team at Autzen Stadium on Saturday, the Aggies also competed against the women’s volleyball team at Matthew Knight Arena. The Ducks (3-2) beat the Aggies (3-3) in straight sets, 25-22, 25-16, 25-10, for their third straight sweep in a tourney at home.
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