Monday Morning Around The Pac 12


Nov 19, 2011; Stanford CA, USA; Detailed view of the Pac-12 logo on painted on the field before the game between the Stanford Cardinal and the California Golden Bears at Stanford Stadium. Stanford defeated California 31-28. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

What an emotional roller coaster that weekend was! If you didn’t have a little fun watching college football, than you should just rename your self Debbie Downer; because despite the Cougs losing, that was one hell of a weekend!

The Pac 12 fared quit well over this opening weekend, going 7 and 3. However my picks didn’t do quite as well, going 6 and 4.

Here’s the rundown:

Utah State at Utah

My Pick: Utah State 28 – Utah 17

Final Score: Utah State 26 – Utah 30

Utah’s Top Performers:

Passing: T.Wilson – 17/28, 302 yards, 2 TD

Rushing: J.Poole – 12 carries, 47 yards

Receiving: A. Denham – 6 rec, 113 yards

Utah State’s Chuckie Keeton was as advertised, passing for 314 yards and 2 TDs, while also rushing for 85 yards and adding another TD on the ground. That wasn’t enough though, as Utah  held off a very good Utah State team, as it came to the final play of the game with Utah State missing a Hail Mary pass by maybe 3 yards. 

USC at Hawaii 

My Pick: USC 49 – Hawaii 21

Final Score: USC 31 – Hawaii 13

USC’s Top Performers:

Passing: C. Kessler – 10/19, 95 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT; M. Wittek – 5/10, 77 yards.

Rushing: T. Madden – 18 carries, 109 yards; J. Davies – 14 carries, 74 yards, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Lee – 8 rec, 104 yards

USC won this game, but either one of their QB’s have won the starting job. Both Max Wittek and Cody Kessler turned in a sub par performance, leading the starting QB position still up in the air for this upcoming week verse none other than WSU. I believe it will be Kessler, but looks like Kiffin wont name a starter until game time, playing mind games it looks like.

Northern Arizona at Arizona 

My Pick: Arizona 63 – Northern Arizona 7

Final Score: Nothern Arizona 0 – Arizona 35

Arizona’s Top Performers:

Passing: B. Denker – 9/13, 87 yards, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Jenkins – 12 carriers, 139 yards, 1 TD

Receiving: G. Wharton – 2 rec, 35 yards

With Ka’deem Carey serving a one game suspension, former Wildcat turned Coug, turned back to Wildcat, Daniel Jenkins turns in a big performance. His 91 yard TD run was of historical proportions, being as it was the third longest in school history. Rich Rodriguez option running attack was on full display, being as he only passed the ball 13 times, completely opposite of the Cougs Air Raid.

Nicholls State at Oregon

My Pick: Nicholls State 0 – Oregon 100

Final Score: Nicholls State 3 – Oregon 66

Oregon’s Top Performers:

Passing: M. Mariota – 12/21, 234 yards, 1 TD

Rushing: D. Thomas – 18 carries, 128 yards, 2 TD; M. Mariota – 5 carries, 113 yards, 2 TDs

Receiving: J. Huff – 5 rec, 118 yards

Oregon’s new head ball coach, Mark Helrich, showed no signs of slowing down, where Chip Kelley left off. It was the same old Oregon we have all grown to hate, although very fun to watch. This was virtually a pre season game for the Ducks, whose schedule gets a lot tougher from here on out, with a trip to Virginia to take on the Cavaliers, then back home to take on Tennessee.

Eastern Washington at Oregon State

My Pick: Oregon State 31 – Eastern Washington 24

Final Score: Eastern Washington 49 – Oregon State 46

Oregon State’s Top Performers:

Passing: S. Mannion – 37/43, 422 yards, 3 TDs

Rushing: S. Woods – 16 carries, 68 yards, 2 TDs

Receiving: B. Cooks – 13 rec, 196 yards, 2 TDs

What a game! I knew Eastern would give Oregon State fits, but I didn’t think they could actually win a game in Corvallis. Sorry to all my Eastern friends for ever doubting your football team, never again. Vernon Adams, the Eagles  star QB, is making an early push for the Walter Payton Award (The FCS Heisman), he passed for 411 yards, and 4 TDs, also adding 107 yards on the ground, with 2 rushing TDs as well. This is a tough one for OSU to swallow, but Eastern is a very good FCS team.

Nevada at UCLA 

My Pick: UCLA 42 – Nevada 21

Final Score: UCLA 58 – Nevada 20

UCLA’s Top Performers:

Passing: B. Hundley – 22/33, 274 yards, 2 TDs

Rushing: J. James – 21 carries, 155 yards, 1 TD; B. Hundley – 7 carries, 63 yards, 2 TDs

Receiving: S. Evans – 6 rec, 81 yards, 1 TD

It took awhile for UCLA to really get going, only leading Nevada, 17 to 13 at half. Jim Mora must give one hell of a halftime speech, because his Bruins came out pedal to the metal in the second half, in route to a 58 to 20 win. Heisman hopeful Brett Hundley added to his legacy with a solid performance as well.

Boise State at Washington

My Pick: Washington 28 – Boise State 17

Final Score: Washington 38 – Boise State 6

Washington’s Top Performers:

Passing: K. Price – 23/31, 324 yards, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: B. Sankey – 25 carries, 161 yards, 2 TDs

Receiving: J. Mickens – 9 rec, 109 yards

Washington wasn’t going to lose this game. Opening up their newly renovated stadium, playing in front of a sold out crowd, Boise State had no chance. Though I thought they would at the very least put up a fight. Former Coug commit, Bishop Sankey, continues to make us Coug fans think “What If?” as he had a career day going for 161 yards and 2 TDs. UW made a statement this game, they could be very good….sadly.

Northwestern at Cal

My Pick: Northwester 34 – Cal 24

Final Score: Northwestern 44 – Cal 30

Cal’s Top Performers:

Passing: J. Goff – 38/63, 445 yards, 2 TDs, 3 INT

Rushing: B. Bigelow – 16 carries, 65 yards

Receiving: C. Harper – 11 rec, 151 yards, 2 TD

Northwestern was just the better team when it came down to it. Cal hung in there all game, but like us Coug fans know, its all about the fourth quarter, and Cal let one slip away, getting outscored in the 4th, 17 to 6. Cal, freshman QB, Jered Goff, had a rough go for his first ever start, he passed for 445 yards, but also threw 3 costly interceptions. Still not bad for his first ever collegiate game.

Colorado at Colorado State

My Pick: Colorado 14 – Colorado State 24

Final Score: Colorado 41 – Colorado State 37

Colorado’s Top Performers:

Passing: C. Wood – 33/46, 400 yards, 3 TD

Rushing: C. Powell – 15 carries, 42 yards

Receiving: P. Richardson – 10 rec, 208 yards, 2 TD

In the battle of what many were calling the “Weed Bowl” (Does this mean the Apple Cup will be called the same?) Colorado won in impressive form. Many, including me, thought this would be a lot closer than it was; but the Buffs held off a strong 3rd quarter push from the Rams, to win 41 to 27. This was an easy opponent for the Buffs to start out with, will see going forward if there is any improvement from a horrid 2012 season.

Washington State at Auburn

My Pick: WSU 28 – Auburn 24

Final Score: WSU 24 – Auburn 31

Washington State’s Top Performers:

Passing: C. Halliday – 35/65, 344 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: T. Caldwell – 7 carries, 53 yards, J. Laufasa – 5 carries, 10 yards, 2 TD

Receiving: G. Marks – 9 rec, 81 yards

We should of won. We looked way better than Auburn, and played better as well. If it wasn’t for 3 interceptions, and 2 big plays, we would have won the game easily. Good news is though, we should of won, and we did play better than our opponent, how many times have we been able to say that in the past? I hate going to moral victories as much as the next guy, but I did see a lot to be happy with. Hopefully Halliday can get it together for next weekend verse USC, if not, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Leach go with a youth movement at QB. GO COUGS!