PAC 12 Week 1 Game Previews
Utah vs. Utah State
Last season the Aggies defeated the Utes 27-20 in overtime. Now the Aggies enter the 2013 season on a seven-game winning streak. This streak actually ties them for the fourth longest active winning streak in the nation. (Behind such programs as Ohio State and Stanford). Can the Aggies parlay this success into a win in their season opener over the Utes? Historically Utah holds the advantage.
#24 USC at Hawaii The Trojans are ranked 24th in the country. The Rainbow Warriors are ranked 123rd. The Rainbow Warriors have no chance. Even with former Trojan coach Norm Chow at the helm for Hawaii the Warriors will hope to avoid a similar 49-10 beat down like the one they received at the hands of the Trojans in Los Angles last year. USC hasn’t lost an opener since 1997, haven’t lost a non-conference road game since 2006, and have never lost to Hawaii in eight encounters. The Trojans will make it nine.
Friday Match up's
Arizona vs. Northern Arizona
The Wildcats open up against the Lumberjacks of Northern Arizona on Friday night. In 12 meetings between these two schools the University of Arizona has won 11 of them losing to Northern Arizona once.The Wildcats have won the last 10 straight meetings. Expect the streak to continue as Arizona will dispatch the Lumberjacks easily. The Lumberjacks visit Tucson coming off an impressive 8-3 season last and are poised to continue, their success but it won’t come against the Wildcats in their season opener.
#3 Oregon vs. Nicholls State – 1:00 PM
The game is should a no contest for Oregon. Expect the most lopsided win in the history of college football, or, if you can dream up a Colonels win, the most epic upset in the history of college football. Oregon will defeat Nicholls State unless the apocalypse happens.
#25 Oregon State vs. Eastern Washington
The two 3-9 teams from last season open up the 2013 season against each. Just a few years back the Oregon State lost to Division II Sacramento State by one point in overtime to open up the season? It just might happen here but then again but in reality the Beavers will win this game without a doubt.
Washington State at Auburn
One would think a competitive game is expected. But the Tigers are favored by 15.5 points. This is a tough road test for the Cougars and a win would be a landmark in coach Mike Leach’s rebuilding efforts. But don’t count on it. This is coach Gus Malzahns first game as head coach of Auburn and the Tigers badly need a victory. The Tigers will pull away with the win.
Washington vs. #19 Boise State This game hands down is one of the better match-ups for the opening weekend of the Pac-12. Boise State is ranked and favored, but Washington is no cream puff. The match-up represents a good non-conference game for both schools. Washington to some is considered more of a pretender than a contender in the Pac-12. It's hard to pick a sure winner in this one and Washington playing at home in the newly renovated Husky stadium just may give the Huskies the motivation, pride, and home field advantage to topple the mighty Broncos and win their home opener in their brand new stadium.
#21 UCLA vs. Nevada
The Bruins take on the Wolfpack at home on Saturday. The Wolfpack should pose no a threat to the highly ranked Bruins and UCLA should dispatch the Mountain West team easily. Jim Mora and team will earn their first win of the season.
California vs. #22 Northwestern The Bears face a tough challenge to open the 2013 season facing the 22nd ranked team in the nation at home. This is the last game of the day for a busy Saturday in the Pac-12. Probably not the type of game or team first year head coach Sonny Dykes had in mind to start off his tenure at the University of California. Cal is too underdeveloped of a team with a new coaching staff and new coaching schemes to pull off a successful upset against a highly touted team such as Northwestern. Look for the Bears to lose their home and season opener.
Sunday Match -up's
Colorado vs. Colorado State
The annual Rocky Mountain showdown is scheduled for Sunday this year. Early indications reveal that ticket sales are slumping for these two down-trodden programs. That doesn’t mean the match-up between Buffaloes and Rams won’t be a fun game to watch. These two schools play for state pride. It’s an annual college football tradition for these two in-state schools to kick-off the season with a bitter rivalry. Each team will battle each other to claim the state title. Colorado is staring down the barrel of one of the toughest schedules in the country, including games against Oregon State, Oregon and Arizona State in one three-week stretch. Wins will be few and far between for the Buffaloes, and they are desperate to get one where they can. Look for Colorado win against the Rams.