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Pac-12 Report - Week 1

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The Pac-12 kicks off another season, and the same old faces will be in contention with Oregon, Stanford, and to a lesser extent, Washington, contending in the North Division, while UCLA and Arizona State battle it out in the South Division. Southern California is also trying to get back into the mix in the South. Last season, we also saw some upward mobility from Washington State, as head coach Mike Leach's system was a nice fit for the high-flying Pac-12. The Cougars will be a team to watch, especially for 'over' bettors. California and Colorado remain the dregs of the league, although both should be a little better.

2013 PAC-12 STANDINGS
Team SU Conference  ATS Over/Under
Arizona 8-5 4-5 6-7 5-8
Arizona State 10-4 8-1 7-7 9-5
California 1-11 0-9 2-10 5-6-1
Colorado 4-8 1-8 7-5 8-4
Oregon 11-2 7-2 8-5 7-6
Oregon State 7-6 4-5 7-6 7-6
Southern California 10-4 6-3 7-7 4-9-1
Stanford 11-3 7-2 7-7 6-8
UCLA 10-3 6-3 9-4 6-7
Utah 5-7 2-7 6-6 5-7
Washington 9-4 5-4 7-6 6-7
Washington State 6-7 4-5 9-4 7-5-1

Rutgers at Washington State (Thursday - FOX Sports 1, 10:00 p.m. ET)
The high-octane offense of WaZu will be on display Thursday night, and QB Connor Halliday is back to post big-time numbers again. Rutgers is just 2-5 ATS in the past seven non-conference tilts, while Washington State is 3-1-1 ATS stepping outside of the Pac-12. This one could be a shootout on the Palouse. Remember, last season Rutgers opened on the road with a 52-51 overtime thriller at Fresno State.

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Colorado State vs Colorado (Friday - FOX Sports 1, 9:00p.m. ET)

These Rocky Mountain State rivals do not like each other, and this is a big game in the state of Colorado. It is usually fairly close, too, with the underdog covering in 13 of the past 18 meetings in this series. Colorado State has covered just twice in the past seven installments of this series. Lately, it has been a defensive battle, too, with the 'under' cashing in five of the past six meetings.

UNLV at Arizona (Friday, ESPN, 10:30 p.m. ET)
Arizona is better than a three-touchdown favorite against Vegas. In the past seven non-conference games for Arizona, the Wildcats are 5-2 ATS. For the Rebels, they are 2-5-2 ATS in the past nine non-conference tilts while managing an awful 12-37-4 ATS mark over the past 53 road games. UNLV is a team which is deficient in Acadamic Progress Rate (APR), and they will be ineligible for a bowl in 2014. It will be interesting to see how motivated this team is this season. Arizona could get out to a slow start, as QB B.J. Denker and RB Ka'Deem Carey have moved on.

UCLA at Virginia (ESPN, 12:00 p.m.)
UCLA QB Brett Hundley put off the NFL for one more season, returning to Pasadena with unfinished business. He should get things off on a good foot in Charlottesville, as the Cavaliers are 2-9-1 ATS in their past 12 non-conference games, and just 7-15-2 ATS over the past two season. Meanwhile, the Bruins are 4-0 ATS in their past four forays outside of the Pac-12. UCLA is also 17-10 ATS over the past two seasons. The bright spot for UVA is RB Kevin Parks, who ran for 1,031 yards and 11 scores, but he might be a non-factor if UCLA builds a big lead as expected. They're better than a three-touchdown favorite.

California at Northwestern (ABC/ESPN2, 3:30 p.m.)
Cal has been horrid against the spread over the past two seasons, going just 5-19 ATS. They're a 10-1/2 point underdog in Evanston. They have managed a 1-6 ATS record in their past seven non-conference battles, and they're just 1-11 ATS in the past 12 on a grass surface. Northwestern is 7-2 ATS in the past nine non-conference tilts, and that includes last season's 44-30 road win in Berkeley.

Fresno State at Southern California (FOX, 7:30 p.m.)
USC kicks off the Steve Sarkisian era as a three-touchdown favorite against visiting Fresno. The Trojans have managed a 2-7 ATS mark in their past nine non-conference games, while Fresno State is 13-6 ATS in their past 19 road outings. However, the Bulldogs are also 2-6 ATS in the past eight against Pac-12 foes. The total for this game is set at 58, and that bears watching. The 'under' is 9-17-1 for USC over the past two seasons.

Washington at Hawaii (CBS Sports Network, 10:30 p.m.)
Washington hits the road for Hawaii to begin the Chris Petersen era. QB Jeff Lindquist will be the team's starting quarterback. RB Deontae Cooper also must fill big shoes vacated by RB Bishop Sankey, who is now playing on Sundays. Lindquist will be aided by a strong corps of receivers, including WR Kasen Williams (leg) who is back from a broken leg. Offensive genius Norm Chow has yet to work his magic for Hawaii, as they're just 4-20 SU over the past two years. However, they're 5-6 ATS in the past 11 at home, and 3-0 ATS over the past two seasons against Pac-12 teams.

Other Pac-12 teams in action
Idaho State at Utah (*Thursday, Pac-12 Network, 7:30 p.m.)
Weber State at Arizona State (*Thursday, Pac-12 Network, 10:30 p.m.)
Portland State at Oregon State (Pac-12 Network, 4:00 p.m.)
UC Davis at Stanford (Pac-12 Network, 4:00 p.m.)
South Dakota at Oregon (Pac-12 Network, 10:30 p.m.)

  
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