No one knew what to expect from Washington State except that they would air it out, and that’s what they did. But the game didn’t start out well for the Cougars on defense, which is not a surprise since Mike Leech is known for addressing the offense more than the defense. They paid big right from the jump allowing a first play bomb for a touchdown. The momentum seemed to stay with Rutgers throughout the game, hanging on to win 41-38 over the Cougars.
Revenge is sweet if you’re a Colorado State fan, however the first half wasn’t looking very promising. They were down at halftime and things got worse as they were trailing 17-3 in the third quarter. But the Colorado defense began to get wore down by the Rams running game. The Buffaloes allowed Dee Hart and Treyous Jarrells to both rush for over 100 yards helping the Rams score 21 unanswered points.
Brett Hundley played solidly, but it was the defense who won the game for UCLA Saturday against Virginia, scoring 21 of UCLAs 28 points. The obvious surprise of the weekend was California’s win over Northwestern. Only allowing Northwestern 354 total yards of offense and 24 points, which was an improvement from last season’s average of over 30. Hopefully this will bring a huge boost of confidence for the Golden Bears going into week 2.
Speed kills every time. Fresno State ran into a buzz saw Saturday evening against USC. The “Men of Troy” look to be back to their old winning ways, dismantling the Bulldogs 52-13. USCs receivers and running backs seem to have no trouble running through, around and past the Bulldogs’ defense. Cody Kessler had a field day throwing for 394 yards and four TD passes. This is great for their confidence having to go up to Stanford next week, who had no trouble blanking UC-Davis 45-0.
The consensus for Week 1, not a bad start for the conference as whole. Ten out of the 12 teams came away with a victory. There were some surprises and there were some mishaps. Teams that should and were supposed to dominate did their job. Oregon, Stanford and Arizona State were not tested. USC and UCLA were surprises to me. USC, I didn’t see really dominating their game against Fresno State, especially with their speed. UCLA, I also thought would have an easier time with Virginia and it had taken a big game on the defensive side of the ball that led them to a victory.
I think the word that should cap first weekend of the season in the PAC 12 would be “Freshman”. D.J. Calhoun of Arizona State, made his impact early in the game against Weber State last Thursday night with 5 tackles one of them being a first play of the game 5-yard tackle for loss. USC WR JuJu Smith and WR/CB Adoree Jackson are to be reckoned with. Smith caught 4 passes for 123 yards and Jackson 3 catches and a touchdown. Yes it is only the first game of the season, but watch out.