@ Arizona 16
Despite destroying Northern Arizona in week one, there were no pretenses that Arizona was going to be a good team this year. The Wildcats hosted Houston (whose first game was cancelled in the wake of Hurricane Harvey) and played better than expected considering the talent level of their opponents. Arizona plays UTEP next week and they will need to see more out of their offense at every position if they are going to make any moves this year.
San Diego State 30
@ Arizona State 20
The Sun Devils also decided to schedule a Group of Five darling in the SDSU Aztecs. They would also follow-up by losing to said darling at home. We weren’t expecting ASU to be big contenders this year, but I figured they’d compete for a bowl. QB Manny Wilkins and freshman WR Frank Darby gave great efforts. Star running back Kalen Ballage couldn’t get anything going and ASU allowed SDSU RB Rashaad Penny to rush for over 200 yards. These things must change if they want to compete versus Texas Tech this week.
Weber State 20
@ California 33
Cal lost some luster and showed why they were picked as a bottom feeder in the PAC. Weber State (FCS) threw for 450 yards on the Bears past week, not good for a power conference member. That said, the Bears’ RB Patrick Laird ran for 191 yards on 12 attempts and QB Ross Bowers completed 71% of his passes in a game managing performance. I don’t anticipate this kind of success against a talented, yet troubled, Ole Miss this weekend.
Texas State 3
@ Colorado 37
A good team beat a bad team. Expect the same when the Buffs play Northern Colorado.
@ Oregon 42
The tight score doesn’t show the talent of two halves this game offered. I was at a sports bar watching this game and left at halftime with Oregon leading 42-14. When I checked at the end of the third, the Huskers had brought it to 42-28. The defense stepped up and only allowed one more score to hang onto the win but this shows Oregon being a strong chaos team rather than a world beater. Another temperature-taking happens for the Ducks as they travel to face a good Mountain West team at Wyoming.
@ Oregon State 14
Oregon State is really bad all over. While they aren’t losing to lower level teams like the Arizona twins, they got throttled here. Minnesota didn’t put up flashier stats because the Beavers couldn’t get anything going offensively. Expect another slaughter when they travel to Pullman, WA.
@ USC 42
I picked USC to win this game but didn’t expect it to quite look like this. Stanford kept Pace for the first half but USC looked really, really good. RB Ronald Jones II was consistently chewing up yards and freshman RB Stephen Carr looked almost like Reggie Bush out there amassing over 100 yards on only 11 carries. There’s nothing to say about QB Sam Darnold that hasn’t already been said; he was excellent. Meanwhile, Keller Chryst has still not quite recovered from his torn ACL. We certainly saw flashes of very good-ness from Chryst this game but it is entirely possible that he is not the answer the Cardinal are looking for. Bryce Love continues to bolster my prediction of his Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year aspirations as he hung 160 yards on the Trojans on only 17 carries.
Stanford might be able to right the ship, but this looks like USC’s to lose. The Trojans host Texas in what is sure to be a beating on the Longhorns while Stanford hosts the SDSU Aztecs who gave Arizona State some fits…which doesn’t mean much in terms of how they will play against Stanford.
@ UCLA 56
Hawaii and UCLA both put up over 500 yards but UCLA’s offense and defense were simply much more efficient. Josh Rosen shows the world why he was considered to be one of the best quarterbacks completing 88% of his passes for 329 yards and five touchdowns. UCLA plays a talented Memphis in a trap game this weekend on the road. Let’s see if UCLA can continue this streak of performance.
@ Washington 63
Good team beat bad team. Washington hosts Fresno State who has proven themselves to be better than last year. Last year they went 0-12.
Boise State 44
@ Washington State 47 (3OT)
So, if you decided to cut to a different game after WSU went down 31-10 in the fourth quarter, you missed a hell of a game. WSU scored three times to tie it (one being a pick six, one resulting after a punt bounced off the back of a Boise blocker and recovered by WSU). Three overtimes later, WSU was able to seal the victory. Luke Falk broke the WSU career passing record previously held by Connor Halliday in what was assuredly the worst performance of his career. Tyler Hilinski, after giving the ball away for a Boise touchdown in the fourth quarter, put the team on his back with 240 yards and 3 touchdowns in a stunning display of resolve. WSU plays Oregon State this weekend and will surely rout the Beavers.