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Week 2 in the PAC

Washington drops out of top 25 with mediocre week one performance

I wasn’t convinced Peterson was worth his contract when he signed on with University of Washington, and his debut as head coach was anything but impressive as the Huskies edged the Warriors 17-16 Saturday to open up the Pac 12 season. Good news for the Huskies - their opener was against a Mountain West opponent coming off a 1-11 season; bad news – the running game alone is not effective in a conference like the Pac 12. This style of coaching can fare well if you’re up against the Lobos or Air Force, not so much against the Cardinal defense or the Ducks secondary.

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Saturday they face Big Sky opponent Eastern Washington; a team who has outscored their opponents 97-44 in their first two games of the season. I’m betting against the spread with my pick this week. Shelton and Qualls were the only defense players that showed up last weekend, and with Lindquist finishing the day 10 of 26 for 162 yards I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Miles under center this week. These two areas will be exposed Saturday, and if Eagles LB Ronnie Hamlin and his defense can shut down backs Washington and Coleman, it’s going to be a long day for the Huskies.

Game time: 12:05 Kickoff PST; Pac 12 Network

#13 Stanford and #14 USC Battle it out in this Pac 12 conference opener

Stanford is favored by 4 this weekend as they take on Southern Cal at home in this much anticipated conference opener. Trojans QB Kessler was 25 of 37 for 394 yards and 4 TD’s last week, and back Javorius Allen added 133 more on 22 carries. They finished the day with 700 yards on the offensive side. The defense side of the ball was strong too, holding their opponent to just 160 total yards and forcing 4 picks (from four different defensive players).  

SC’s Kessler (minor toe surgery this week) and DE Leonard Williams are both expected to see the field Saturday.

Stanford spread the ball around on the offensive side last week with 10 players picking up a combined 424 yards in the air, while adding another 274 on the ground. On the defensive side of the ball, Stanford held the Aggies to just 115 yards last week as they walked away with the easy 45-0 win.

Senior QB Keith Hogan (12 of 16 for 204 yards and 3 TD’s) led the team to a perfect 7-0 record at home last season and was handed just one loss at home in 2012; from none other than USC. Off field controversy and drama (Anthony Brown and Josh Shaw) didn’t affect SC last week as some expected; but I wouldn’t be surprised if Sarkisian’s post game comments from their matchup last season comes back to haunt him this weekend. If I was Coach Shaw, I would play the audio clip of Sarkisian accusing Stanford of faking injuries before they head out on the field Saturday.

Game time: Kickoff 12:30 PST; ABC/ESPN 3 

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Week One

Fellow faithful college football fans - it is that time of year again. For the past 233 days we have been patiently waiting for this weekend to arrive.  Patiently waiting to see how Leach will fare his second year in the Palouse, if no conference Notre Dame falls 0-3 against the PAC this season, if a Pac 12 team will win the national championship, and if Steve and Chris made the right decision (an $18 million dollar offer would make the transition from Boise to Seattle pretty easy for me).

Work production all over the US slowly decreased the past 4 weeks as we checked stats on team recruits, injuries, opponents, and spreads. As we overanalyze our Pac12 stats and put together the playoff brackets in our head, we all collectively hope that the SEC doesn’t return to claim their eighth consecutive title game.

Here are my recommendations of the top Pac 12 games to watch this weekend:

Rutgers vs. the Cougs: Leach returns for his third season with the Cougs as they take on this Big East contender Thursday night in the Palouse. Unlike Oregon or OSU, the Cougs face a tough opponent in their season opener.  The Cougs could struggle on the defensive side of the ball as only 6 returning starters try to fill the holes of the two top tackles they lost last season. Washington State averaged 368 yards in the air last season, so expect the same from Halliday in this season opener. I think this will be a high scoring game with the Cougs capitalizing in the air, and the Scarlet Knights focusing on their rushing game.

Fresno State vs. USC: The Bulldogs travel to the Coliseum to take on SC without star QB Carr and WR Davante Adams; standout Adams finished his college career racking up 24 of the teams 50 total TD’s last season. Coach DeRuyter has yet to decide if Burrell or Connette will be starting Saturday, but whoever is chosen will face Leonard Williams, one of the top defensive lineman in the country. When you throw the recent SC headlines into the mix, Sarkisian has his hands full as he starts his career as the new head coach of the Trojans.

Recommendations to watch for entertainment value or because you’re a fan:

South Dakota vs. Oregon: We can only hope the weather is pleasant for the Duck mascot because he should be closing in on 200 plus pushups by the end of the day. This is a game for Oregon to pad their stats for the rest of the year and fine tune things before they face the Spartans.  
Portland State vs. Oregon State: I wouldn’t waste any DVR space on this one, but you never know what can happen when the Beavs face a Big Sky opponent….Eastern Washington stunned the Beavers 49-46 season so anything could happen, but I would put money on the Pac 12 if someone wanted to throw some money on it.

Enjoy your first weekend of the best part of the year! 
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The Dirty Poll! Week Thirteen Edition

Rk Team Record LW BCS AP Analysis
1 Alabama 11-0 (7-0) 1 1 1 Well, it’s all come down to one week for a team shooting at a three-peat. The Tide cruised through a bye week (Vs Chattanooga) and now the Iron Bowl, versus Auburn. Alabama’s instate rival had the week off to prepare, and this should be one for the ages. The stakes? Winner goes to the SEC Championship game.
2 Florida State 11-0 (8-0) 2 2 2 After a week filled with off the field controversy, Florida State was lucky to have Idaho on the schedule – a game they won 80-14. The problem; those off field issues aren’t going anywhere. The good news? FSU gets Florida this week, a team coming off a loss to Georgia Southern.
3 Ohio State 11-0 (7-0) 3 3 3 The chips continue to fall, and Ohio State is left hoping for a lucky break. Oregon went down, then Baylor; now a potential Jameis Winston suspension? The Buckeyes have to get through Michigan in the Big House, then Michigan State in the Big 10 Championship game – but they have to feel good about their chances with all the turmoil surrounding the team ranked one spot ahead of them.
4 Oklahoma St. 10-1 (7-1) 8 7 7 Arguably the most impressive win of the college football season happened Saturday night in Stillwater – OK State beat down Baylor 49-17. I wasn’t a huge believer in Baylor, but it’s hard to knock a performance like that. One more win for the Cowboys (over rival Oklahoma) and they’re Big 12 Champs, playing in the Fiesta Bowl.
5 Clemson 10-1 (6-1) 6 6 6 Clemson was irrelevant this past weekend, like they’ve been since that devastating loss to Florida State – beating The Citadel 52-6. The Tigers play South Carolina this weekend, with a BCS berth on the line.
6 Auburn 10-1 (6-1) 7 4 4 If I told you before the season, Auburn would control their destiny to play in the SEC Title game and potentially the Natty, going into the Iron Bowl – would you believe me? I know I wouldn’t. But that’s how big the stakes are this Saturday, against #1 Alabama. A win for the Tigers, and they head to Atlanta, and possibly LA.
7 Missouri 10-1 (6-1) 9 5 5 Missouri continues to control their own destiny to reach the SEC Championship game, but they need one more win to get there. The Tigers knocked off Ole Miss, 24-10 in Oxford, now they get a pissed off Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel. Good luck.
8 Michigan St. 10-1 (7-0) 12 11 11 All they do is win, win, win… Michigan State won again Saturday, beating Northwestern 30-6, clinching a spot in the Big 10 Championship game in the process. The Spartans close at home against Minnesota this weekend.
9 Baylor 9-1 (6-1) 4 9 9 Welp, the wheels sure came off Baylor Saturday night. An offense that couldn’t be stopped all year, came to a screeching halt (sound familiar, Duck fans?) against Oklahoma State. Only thing left for the Bears to do is beat TCU on the road, and hope for an at large bid to a BCS game.
10 Stanford 9-2 (7-2) 10 8 8 Talk about a bounce back, Stanford took their USC frustrations out on Cal 63-13 Saturday. More importantly, the Pac-12 North game of “hot potato” finally ended with Stanford on top, after Oregon fell at Arizona. The Cardinal face Notre Dame this weekend, before they play Arizona State in the Pac-12 Title game.
11 South Carolina 9-2 (6-2) 14 10 10 South Carolina continued their push to upend Missouri in the SEC East, but they need a Tiger loss this weekend if they want to make a trip to Atlanta. The Gamecocks beat Coastal Carolina 70-10, and face instate rival Clemson this weekend.
12 Arizona State 9-2 (7-1) 16 12 13 Your Pac-12 South Champion: Arizona State. It was a wild one in LA Saturday night, the Sun Devils blew a huge lead but eventually beat UCLA 38-33 to punch a ticket to the first Pac-12 Title game in school history. ASU closes with Arizona this weekend, a team fresh off an upset over Oregon.
13 Oregon 9-2 (6-2) 5 13 12 Well, didn’t see this one coming. Oregon was flat out embarrassed, humiliated, punched in the mouth (whatever analogy you want to use) in a 42-16 loss to Arizona. For the first time in four years, the Ducks will not be playing in a BCS game. Hard to let that sink in, if you’re a Duck fan. There’s not enough room to give an opinion on that turd sandwich, listen to GameNight this week.
14 LSU 8-3 (4-3) 17 17 15 For the second year in a row, LSU remains the only defense that somehow, someway slowed down Johnny Football. 34-10 was the final, a huge win over Texas A&M for Les Miles.
15 USC 9-3 (6-2) 13 23 23 USC played Colorado, no one watched, and one 47-29. The Trojans end the season with UCLA at the Coliseum, will a win make Ed Orgeron the next head coach?
16 Texas A&M 8-3 (5-3) 11 21 19 I would like to say Johnny Manziel can kiss his Heisman hopes goodbye, after his 3rd loss of the season, but it appears no one wants to win the award this year. Sadly, even with three losses, if Manziel can beat Missouri this weekend – you have to think he still has a shot.
17 Oklahoma 9-2 (6-2) 18 18 20 Oklahoma won at Kansas State 41-31 this Saturday, bringing up a huge matchup against Oklahoma State this weekend.
18 Wisconsin 9-2 (7-1) 19 15 14 Wisconsin has struggled with perception problems all season, and it’s crazy to think how different that perception would be if they didn’t screwed at Arizona State. Nonetheless, the Badgers won again this weekend, 20-7 at Minnesota. Wisconsin closes with Penn State at home this weekend.
19 UCF 9-1 (6-0) 20 19 17 Central Florida continued their push to an automatic BCS bid, with a 41-17 win over Rutgers. They face South Florida on Friday.
20 Duke 9-2 (5-2) 22 24 24 The dream season continues for the Dukies, after a 28-21 win over Wake Forrest – the Blue Devils area now just one win away from an appearance in the ACC Title game. The team standing in the way; instate rival North Carolina.
21 Fresno State 10-0 (7-0) 15 16 16 Fresno State hopes they bolstered their bid for a BCS game with a 69-28 win over New Mexico. Not only are they battling themselves, they’re also battling Northern Illinois for a higher ranking. The Bull Dogs are at San Jose State Friday.
22 Northern Ill. 11-0 (7-0) 24 14 18 Jordan Lynch is a stud. That is all. Northern Illinois won again, this time 35-17 at Toledo, they play 1-10 Western Michigan Thursday night.
23 Louisville 10-1 (6-1) 21 20 21 Louisville won…. Ah, who cares.
24 UCLA 8-3 (5-3) 15 22 22 Poor UCLA. The Bruins have had a fantastic season in Jim Mora’s 2nd year, but couldn’t knock off a top notch opponent. After a 38-33 loss to Arizona State, all three of UCLA’s losses have come to teams ranked 13th or higher in the BCS. They get the Trojans this weekend, in the battle for LA.
25 Notre Dame 8-3 NA 25 25 She loves me, she loves me not. Notre Dame (for the 4th time) squeezes back in the Dirty Poll after a win over BYU Saturday. The Irish get Stanford, on the road, this weekend.
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Pac-12 One and Done Contestants

You wanted it, and here it is - An update on our Pac-12 Survivor Pool. All picks in bold are last weeks choices, and as you can see, everyone has technically been eliminated. However, we at 1080 The FAN love being nice, so what we're going to do it open it up to you Final Four Contestants and whoever picks the final score in the Pac-12 title game the closest will win the whole thing and get a prize. So stay tuned as 1080's Twitter account will be giving out alerts on this part of the contest. 

Zachary Sharkey 
Has picked: ASU, Oregon, Oregon State, USC, Washington State, Cal, Colorado, Washington, Arizona, UCLA, and Stanford
Dustin Chilson 
Has picked: ASU, Oregon State, Stanford, Washington, Washington State, Colorado, Oregon, Arizona, UCLA,USC, and Cal
Jordane Lampi 
Has picked: ASU, UCLA, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington State, Oregon, Washington, and, Arizona, USC, and Cal
*remember, this person didn’t pick in week one but they keep picking so I included them again*
Ryan Lampi 
Has picked: ASU, UCLA, Stanford, Washington State, Oregon, Colorado, Oregon State, Washington, Arizona,USC, and Cal
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The Dirty Poll! Week Twelve Edition

Rk Team Record LW BCS AP Analysis
1 Alabama 10-0 (7-0) 1 1 1 It was a close call for the top ranked Tide, but they eventually outlasted Mississippi State by a final of 20-7. Bama is somehow allowed to play Chattanooga this weekend, before an Iron Bowl for the ages – winner goes to the SEC Title game.
2 Florida State 10-0 (8-0) 2 2 2 Despite the controversy surrounding the Noles’ this week, they went out and pounded Syracuse 59-3. Their ACC schedule is officially wrapped up, they close the season with Idaho and Florida.
3 Ohio State 10-0 (6-0) 3 3 4 Ohio State improved to 10-0 on the season, with a 60-35 win over Illinois. The Buckeyes welcome Indiana to Columbus this weekend, before traveling to Ann Arbor to close out with Michigan
4 Baylor 9-0 (6-0) 4 4 3 Baylor jumped up to #3 in the AP Poll, but remained #4 in the BCS following their 63-34 win over Texas Tech. Tests still remain for this team, though, with Oklahoma State, TCU and Texas left on the schedule.
5 Oregon 9-1 (6-1) 6 5 5 Funny how things can change in a week. Oregon, after beating Utah 44-21, is once again in the Pac-12 North driver seat after a Stanford loss. The Ducks should be able to navigate through Arizona and Oregon State – but Mariota’s health has to remain a concern. For the 2nd straight week, he totaled negative rushing yards.
6 Clemson 9-1 (6-1) 7 7 7 Clemson played on Thursday, easily beating Georgia Tech 55-31 at home. In true southern football fashion, the Tigers play The Citadel this weekend… Before closing with South Carolina on the road, a game that will have BCS implications.
7 Auburn 10-1 (6-1) 8 6 6 What. A. Finish. No doubt, the end to the Auburn vs Georgia game will be shown on highlight reels for years to come. The implications were huge, as now Auburn can win the SEC West with an Iron Bowl win over Alabama, in two weeks.
8 Oklahoma St. 9-1 (6-1) 10 10 11 Oklahoma State went through some growing plays in the middle part of the season, but the Cowboys are clicking on all cylinders now. They handed Mack Brown his worst home loss during his tenure at Texas, with a 38-13 win. Now – a primetime test we’ve been waiting for, Vs Baylor Saturday night.
9 Missouri 9-1 (5-1) 11 8 8 Missouri had the weekend off, benefiting on the polls because of it. The Tigers remain the top team in the SEC East, but have to get through Ole Miss and South Carolina to get there.
10 Stanford 8-2 (6-2) 5 9 10 Stanford went from Pac-12 North front runner, to potentially the Alamo Bowl with a 20-17 loss Saturday night to USC. The game showed if you have the size and strength, Stanford is a beatable team. The Cardinal close with Cal and Notre Dame.
11 Texas A&M 8-2 (5-2) 9 12 9 Texas A&M had a bye this weekend, but two HUGE games remain: at LSU this weekend, then at home versus Missouri.
12 Michigan St. 9-1 (6-0) 13 13 13 Michigan State clinched their spot in the Big 10 title game, with a clutch 41-28 win over Nebraska in Lincoln this weekend. The Spartans close with Northwestern and Minnesota.
13 USC 8-3 (5-2) NA 23 23 Talk about a turnaround… This USC lost 10-7 to Washington State in LA, let that sink in. Saturday night, the Trojans defeated #5 Stanford 20-17 on a last second field goal. Ed Orgeron might not get the SC job next season, but he’ll get a job somewhere else after what he’s done for this program. USC still has an outside shot at the Pac-12 title game, they’ll have to beat Colorado and UCLA to stay alive though.
14 South Carolina 8-2 (6-2) 12 11 12 It was a clunker, but South Carolina found a way to beat Florida 19-14 Saturday. The Gamecocks still have a chance at the SEC Title, their conference schedule is done, but they need a Missouri loss. Spurrior takes on Coastal Carolina and Clemson to close the season.
15 UCLA 8-2 (5-2) 18 14 14 UCLA played Friday, and beat Washington 41-31 in LA. The Bruins still control their own destiny in the Pac-12 South, with two must-watch games remaining – Vs Arizona State and at USC.
16 Arizona State 8-2 (6-1) 20 17 19 Arizona State won with their defense Saturday, opposed to the normal formula of outscoring their opponent – beating Oregon State 30-17 and forcing 4 interceptions. The Sun Devils remain in the drivers’ seat to make the Pac-12 Title game, but they have to beat UCLA on the road this weekend.
17 LSU 7-3 (3-3) 15 22 18 LSU had the weekend off, and they needed it to prepare defensively to stop Texas A&M and Johnny Manziel. The Tigers were one of the few defenses to figure out the Heisman winner last year, but a win this year would likely keep Manziel from winning the award back-to-back years.
18 Oklahoma 8-2 (5-2) 17 20 22 Oklahoma bounced back from an embarrassing loss to Baylor, pounding Iowa State 48-10 in Norman. Kansas State and Oklahoma State remain on the schedule for the Sooners.
19 Wisconsin 8-2 (6-1) 19 19 16 Wisconsin continued to play tremendous football, beating Indiana 51-3 in Madison this weekend. The Badgers close with Minnesota and Penn State.
20 UCF 9-1 (6-0) 14 18 17 Central Florida barely beat Temple Saturday, paying the price in the polls. The Scarlet Knights still have a strong case for a BCS game, remaining atop the AAC, with their only loss coming to South Carolina.
21 Louisville 9-1 (5-1) 16 21 21 Much like their AAC counterpart UCF, Louisville barely beat Houston 20-13 Saturday. Not much more to say about this garbage conference.
22 Duke 8-2 (4-2) NA NA 25 How about them Duke Blue Devils! After a 48-30 win over Miami, Duke now controls their destiny in the ACC Coastal Division. That is not a misprint. They close with Wake Forrest and North Carolina.
23 Ole Miss 7-3 (3-3) NA 24 24 Ole Miss found their way back into the Dirty Poll, with a 51-21 win over Troy. Strong showing this season, by the team who took home the nation’s #1 recruiting class.
24 Northern Ill. 10-0 (6-0) 24 16 20 Northern Illinois defeated Ball State, 48-27 Thursday night to remain undefeated.
25 Fresno State 9-0 (6-0) 25 15 15 Fresno State had a bye this weekend, the Bulldogs get New Mexico at home on Saturday.
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