The second week of Pac-12 Conference Play saw some of the biggest surprises of the college football season so far including several upsets. For the Pac-12, most of the upsets were impressive for the league. The top teams in each division, the University of Southern California Trojans from the South and the Oregon Ducks from the North, won their games with impressive offense. For the most part, week two was a lot of games with surprising outcomes. Here's a quick glance at each and we start with the bad games but it get much better afterwards.
Utah State Aggies 27 - Utah Utes 20: This Friday night overtime game was one of the bigger upsets of the weekend and luckily for the Pac-12, wasn't a harbinger for what would happen on Saturday with the rest of the league. The game itself was a defensive struggle with a lot of miscues on both sides. Utah State may be better than others thought while Utah may be over rated.
Sacramento State Hornets 30 - Colorado Buffaloes 28: Sacramento State stunned another Pac-12 team with an unexpected victory in Boulder. The Hornets upset Oregon State last year in Corvallis. Consider how bad this makes Colorado look: Last week, Sacramento State was beaten soundly by New Mexico State 49-19. Right now, it looks ugly in Colorado.
LSU Tigers 41 - Washington Huskies 3: Washington proved they just aren't at the elite level yet with crushing loss at Baton Rouge.
California Golden Bears 50 - Southern Utah 31: Cal had another poor outing and although a heavy favorite, was just struggling for a win until the fourth quarter.
Washington State Cougars 24 - Eastern Washington Eagles 20: Mike Leach got his first win as head coach at Washington State but it wasn't impressive. Leach is known for great passing offenses but probably wished he had Eastern Washington's, which outgained the Cougs by well over 100 yards.
USC Trojans 42 - Syracuse Orange 29: #2 USC went about their business but looked fairly pedestrian. Heisman Trophy frontrunner, quarterback Matt Barkley looked the part throwing for six more touchdowns giving him 11 in two games so far this season.
Oregon Ducks 42 - Fresno State Bulldogs 25: #4 Oregon jumped out to a big lead but Fresno State crept back into the game before running back Kenjon Barner took control in the fourth quarter for the Ducks.
Stanford Cardinal 50 - Duke Blue Devils 13: Statistically, the game looked even but #25 Stanford dominated with an easy win - after their sluggish first contest where they needed a fourth quarter field goal to win.
Big upsets & wins versus Midwest powers
Oregon State Beavers 10 - Wisconsin Badgers 7: Maybe the biggest upset of the day happened in Corvallis when Oregon State beat #13 Wisconsin, with the Beavs having not played a game as yet since postponing their first game the week prior with Nicholls State. Defense dominated the day with the Badgers Heisman Trophy hopeful Montee Ball held in check all day.
UCLA Bruins 36 - Nebraska Cornhuskers 30: Although UCLA came into the game with a powerful looking offense, many around the nation weren't sure the Bruins could move against #16 Nebraska. I'm certain they're sure now. UCLA put up 653 yards of offense in a battle that was close all game long.
Arizona Wildcats 59 - Oklahoma State Cowboys 38: #18 Oklahoma State got off to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter and probably thought this was going to be another rout like their win last week against Savannah State (84-0). Uh - no. The Cowboy's couldn't keep up with Arizona's offense under new head coach Rich Rodriguez as the Wildcats ran away with a big win in Tucson.
Arizona State Sun Devils 45 - Illinois Fighting Illini 14: Quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase couldn't play for Illinois but it really was the Illini defense that didn't come to play. Arizona State rolled up over 500 yards of offense while cruising to a big win.
There was a problem
One issue with these big wins was they weren't viewed by very many fans. Five of the listed games above were not available for a lot of fans because they were on the Pac-12 Network which unfortunately is not available on many television sets across the land. This is a problem the Pac-12 must address now.
Next week looks tough but as for this past week, it was a very good one for the Pac-12, except for the bad game at Colorado and Utah's upset loss. Oregon State will not play next week after a bye which sets up for an interesting situation where they will play their Pac-12 opener at UCLA September 22 having played only one game. Also, next week has the first Pac-12 Conference game of the year in Palo Alto with USC visiting Stanford.
Sources - Pac-12 Conference
Daryle lived in Los Angeles Ca. most of his life and has been a longtime fan of USC and the Pac-12, having closely followed the Trojans since he was just a youngster. Fight On!
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