Around The Pac 12 - Week 1

Here are some observations, news and notes from around the Pac 12 conference after week one of the college football season...

-- Washington State’s season, while already on the brink after their woeful loss to Portland State last weekend, could head over the cliff if Luke Falk is injured for any length of time. I realize that Mike Leach says there is “no doubt” that Falk will play this weekend when the Cougars head to New Jersey to take on Rutgers.


-- Did the loss to Portland State kill any momentum the Cougars had on the recruiting trail?


-- Oregon got its second quarterback commit over the weekend when Del City (Ok) QB/ATH Terry Wilson committed to the Ducks.  Could that open things up with Seth Green? Anything is possible, but it isn’t likely.


-- UCLA is pretty deep along the defensive line, but losing Eddie Vanderdoes to a torn ACL for the season could definitely hurt the Bruins as the season goes along.


-- The win over Michigan could be the biggest in Utah history. The Utes had quite a few unofficial visitors on campus over the weekend and word is the atmosphere wowed them.


-- Hawaii won’t be a bad team, but Colorado losing to the Warriors just kills their chances of making a bowl game. Any scenario you looked at when trying to figure out if the Buffs would make a bowl game included a win over Hawaii.


-- As rough as Washington’s offensive situation looked last Friday, Oregon State’s might be worse. Their QB situation might be almost as bad as Washington State’s.


-- Anyone else surprised to see Northwest do to Stanford what Stanford typically did to people? Conservative game plan, a strong running game and tough defense. Kevin Hogan may be the worst quarterback with a winning record I have ever seen.


-- As we’ve been saying…as long as UCLA’s coaching staff doesn’t screw him up, Josh Rosen is the next great QB to come out of conference.


-- Scariest tailback in the conference is Royce Freeman. That guy is a beast and probably the toughest to bring down within the conference. I sure wouldn’t like the come up and tackle him.


-- Texas A&M is a middle rung SEC program and they whipped up on the program some think could win the Pac 12 South in Arizona State. Anyone who thought the Pac 12 was ready to overtake the SEC for dominance should put that notion to rest right now.


-- Blah, blah…Cal and USC manhandled two lower-tier opponents. Talk to me when they play a real opponent. Cal gets a decent test this weekend when they host San Diego State while USC’s first real test will be in two weeks when they face Stanford although the Cardinal look like they could be down from where they’ve been. Top Stories