The lone black eye for the Pac-10 conference came in Seattle, where Washington State hosted Okalahoma State. The Cougars struggled offensively and fell 39-13 in the season opener. Now, they must face the California Golden Bears in the conference opener.
Cal played well against Michigan State and so far, the decision to go with Kevin Riley at quarterback looks like a good one. Riley went 17 of 24 for 202 yards with two touchdowns in the 38-31 win over the Spartans.
The UCLA Bruins got an incredible 27-24 overtime victory over Tennessee. Bruin quarterback Kevin Craft came back from the dead after throwing four first half interceptions and playing a flawless second half to give the Bruins a win at the Rose Bowl.
The Stanford Cardinal played a solid game with Toby Gerhart running for 147 yards and two touchdowns in a 36-28 victory over Oregon State. The only other Pac-10 conference game in week one, was Oregon blasting Washington, 44-10.
It will be interesting to see if week two can offer the same type of excitement.
California at Washington State
Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen both ran over 100 yards last week and the Cougars should attempt to take away the Bears running game and force Cal's receivers to make plays. Last season, the Bears beat the Cougars 20-17. After a big win at home, Cal must focus on playing a solid game at Washington State. If wide receiver Brandon Gibson gets to matchup with defensive back Syd'Quan Thompson on Saturday, it should be a very good battle. The Cougars will look to bounce back from their disappointing loss to Oklahoma State.
CalSportsDigest.com says…despite the travel, Cal should take care of the Cougars.
Stanford at Arizona State
Arizona State comes into this game with high expectations for the season. The Sun Devils better be prepared to play a solid game against the Cardinal. A better effort will be needed than the one Arizona State gave against Northern Arizona. The Lumberjacks rushed for 139 yards against Arizona State. Stanford is a very solid team and has a defensive line that could cause a lot of trouble for the Sun Devils. This is a game that Rudy Carpenter must play like he is the best quarterback in the Pac-10 and lead his team one more step closer to a big match-up against the Georgia Bulldogs.
CalSportsDigest.com says…ASU will step it up this week and get the win.
BYU at Washington
BYU has one of the nation's best quarterbacks in Max Hall. Last week, Hall threw for 486 yards. The Huskies must get their offense in gear quickly after a bad showing at Oregon. A number of skill position players must step up and give Jake Locker some help if they expect to beat BYU. Against the Ducks, the Huskies did not have a 100-yard rusher or a 100-yard receiver. This game is important for the Huskies to win, because the next week Oklahoma will be in town and Washington does not want to start the season 0-3.
CalSportsDigest.com says…BYU needs to be on upset alert.
Oregon State at Penn State
The Beavers did not expect to lose at Stanford. If wide receiver Darrell Catchings does not fumble the ball out of the end zone, Oregon State still had a chance to win the game against the Cardinal. The Beavers passing attack, minus the turnovers, was very impressive. Sammie Stroughter caught 12 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns. Underrated Shane Morales caught 13 passes for 151 yards and one touchdown. If the Beaver defense can play average, and not be overpowered by the Nittany Lion running game, it could be close going into the fourth quarter.
Penn State has two good receivers in Derrick Williams and Deon Butler. It remains to be seen if quarterback Daryll Clark can be efficient in the passing game. But the only way Clark will be forced to throw is if the Beavers front seven can contain Evan Royster and Stephfon Green.
Green and Royster averaged eight yards per carry against Coastal Carolina. Beaver quarterback Lyle Moevao must take care of the football for OSU to have a chance to pull out the victory.
CalSportsDigest.com says…OSU will play better, but Happy Valley will be too tough.
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