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Pac-12 Report - Week 1

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SEC Report

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The Pac-12 is ready to kick off the season, and it appears to be a tale of two ends. There are good teams, and there are teams which are looking to make a comeback. Southern Cal is one of those teams looking to get back to the upper levels, and they look like they have work to do after sleepwalking through a 30-13 win in Hawaii. It appeared USC's defense is well ahead of the offense at this time. Oregon appears to be the class of the conference, but don't sleep on Stanford - ever. It seems like they're always at the top, regardless of losses in personnel.

2012 PAC-12 STANDINGS
Team SU Conference  ATS Over/Under
Arizona 8-5 5-4 6-7 9-3
Arizona State 8-5 5-4 8-5 6-6
California 3-9 2-7 3-9 5-6
Colorado 1-11 1-8 3-9 6-5
Oregon 12-1 8-1 8-5 7-5
Oregon State 9-4 6-3 8-5 7-5
Southern California 7-6 5-4 3-10 5-8
Stanford 12-2 9-1 8-5 5-9
UCLA 9-5 6-4 8-6 9-5
Utah 5-7 3-6 5-7 6-5
Washington 7-6 5-4 8-5 5-7
Washington State 3-9 1-8 5-6-1 6-5

Nicholls State at Oregon (FOX Sports 1, 4:00 p.m. ET)
The high-flying Ducks look to fire out of the gates against their FCS opponent from Louisiana. It is one thing if the Colonels were a top level team from the lower level, but they won just one of their 11 games last season. This game is going to be ugly with a capital 'U'. Look for QB Marcus Mariota, RB De'Anthony Thomas and friends to roll up video game-like offensive numbers in what will be a laugher by the end of the first quarter.

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Nevada at UCLA (10:00p.m. ET)

The Bruins have to replace all four starters in their secondary, so there will be some trial by fire for Jim Mora's bunch. Offense is not the issue for the blue and gold, as QB Brett Hundley is one of the nation's best. However, his counterpart, QB Cody Fajardo, should be able to roll up some impressive totals in his own right against that inexperienced secondary. The Bruins also need to replace their leading rusher, RB Johnathan Franklin, so this will be a game of experimentation. Covering a three-touchdown spread is a bit ambitious.

Boise State at Washington (FOX Sports 1, 10:00 p.m. ET)
The game of the week will be in Seattle, where Boise State hits the shores of Puget Sound looking for their first signature win of the season. The Broncos hope QB Joe Southwick can do a little better than last season when he struggled to fill the shoes of QB Kellen Moore. The defense is the key for the Broncos, and they will have their hands full trying to contain RB Bishop Sankey, who burst onto the scene after injuries created a role for him. The Broncos know him well, as they were trampled for 205 rushing yards and 74 receiving yards in their bowl game last season. This game should come down to the final moments.

Northwestern at California (ESPN2, 10:30 p.m.)
The Wildcats hit the road for Berkeley as a Top 25 team. If they return home without a loss will be up to the offense mostly. RB Venric Mark is a tremendous unheralded talent who rattled off eight consecutive 100-yard rushing games last season. QB Kain Colter is under center again, and he is a threat not only with his arm, but with his feet, too. The Bears turn to Sonny Dykes to get the program on track after Jeff Tedford was let go after last season's 3-9 campaign. The Bears will use freshman QB Jared Goff to start the season, as he becomes the first freshman to ever start a season opener under center for Cal. Lastly, there isn't anything wrong with your TV set. Northwestern will be wearing white helmets for their opening game, shedding their purple lids for the first time since 1980.

Other Games
Eastern Washington at Oregon State (6:00 p.m. ET )
Washington State at Auburn (ESPNU, 7:00 p.m. ET)

  
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