For a conference like the Pac-12, packed with so much potenial, opening week was a mediocre one as they went 7-5 in non-conference play. Two ranked teams were knocked out of the top 25 as then # 21 Stanford couldn't manage a touchdown and fell 16-6 to Northwestern. #15 Arizona State fell to Texas A&M 38-17, granted both team seasons aren't over, but being knocked out of the top 25 so early must be disappointing. The Pac-12 now has only five teams ranked in the top 25.
Getting a chance to knock off the rust is a must, and the Pac-12 is hoping for a much better week. #24 Utah plays today against in state rival Utah State. Coming off a big win over Michigan, Utah must not look too far ahead as Utah State almost always seems to give them a challenge. Game time starts 6pm PT on ESPN 2.
Saturday is the Beavers' first big test, as Oregon State travels to Ann Arbor to take on Michigan. Look for head coach Jim Harbaugh to have his Wolverines fired up as they don't want to start the season 0-2. Saturday will also be a great indicator to see where new coach Gary Andersen has his Beavers. We will found out as the game starts at 9am PT on ABC.
Sacramento State travels to Seattle to take on Washington, where head coach, Chris Petersen, hopes to see his Huskies rebound after losing to his former team the Boise State Broncos 16-13. This figures to be an easy win for Washington as they start at 11am PT on the Pac-12 Network.
Massachusetts meets host Colorado in their first game of the season. They open their season at 11am PT on the Pac-12 Network.
Washington State plays their first away game as they take on Rugters. The Cougars were upset at home by the Portland State Vikings 24-17, and hope to get a win in before the season gets really tough. Cougars begin their first road game at 12:30pm PT on ESPN U.
San Diego State sees if they can slow down the Golden Bears air raid offense as they play California. Last week California put up 73 points. Lets see if they can do that again at home as kickoff starts at 2pm PT on the Pac-12 Network.
#22 Arizona travels to the biggest little city in the world as they play Nevada. Arizona is 3-1-1 in the series and last beat Nevada 49-48 in 2012 at the New Mexico bowl. The Wildcats are missing defensive star Scooby Wright who is out for a month with a MCL tear. Expect their defense to be tested as game begins at 4pm PT on CBSSN.
Idaho has the unfortunate task of taking on a resurgence USC, who seems to have their program back on track. The Trojans are led by senior quarterback, Cody Kessler, who looks to be one of the better quarterbacks of the league. Expect this to be a tune up game for the Trojans as they use this game to get ready for Stanford. The Trojans start at 5pm PT on the Pac-12 network.
In what many consider the game of the week, #7 Oregon plays #5 Michigan State with the Spartans playing the host this time. The Spartans are sure to be looking to avenge last season's 46-27 to the Ducks. That game saw the Ducks down 27-18 in the third quarter but four unanswered touchdowns sealed the Spartans' fate. Michigan State hopes to deal a little payback at 5pm PT on ABC.
Some may say the #13 UCLA is ranked too high, but back to back 10-3 seasons will get you noticed. They play their first road game against UNLV Rebels at 7:30pm PT on CBSSN. Expect the Bruins to be in the hunt for the Pac-12 south title all season long.
Stanford hopes to rebound after not scoring a touchdown against Northwestern in a 16-6 loss. It will be nice for Stanford to have the home crowd cheering them on as they take on UCF at 7:30pm PT on FoxS1.
Another team with high hopes, but one that has fallen out of the top 25 early is Arizona State. The Sun Devils have a game where they can figure out what works and what doesn't against Cal Poly, which starts at 8pm PT on the Pac-12 Network.
Here's the complete, national schedule, adjusted for East Coast Bias Time: