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PAC-12 Week 2 Recap

We are 2 weeks into college football and for most PAC-12 fans you still have no idea what to expect from your team.

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Last week we saw #21 Stanford lose to unranked Northwestern, a Washington State team that was supposed to be the best in years drop a big game to FCS opponent Portland State, an Oregon team give up 42 to Eastern Washington, Utah stun Michigan, Colorado lose because the official clearly wasn't a wide receiver, Washington missed wide right, and the 15th ranked Sun Devils couldn't keep up with Texas A&M.

It doesn't get much more "PAC-12" than that.

Here is a look at how the conference did this weekend:

Utah State (1-1) @ #24 Utah (2-0) -  14-24

Utah continues to impress despite losing Travis Wilson to an injured shoulder in the second quarter of this game. Backup QB Kendal Thompson stepped in for Wilson and threw for 56 yards on 8/10 passing and scrambled for 23 yards and a touchdown but leaned on the help of Devontae Booker who had 120 yards on 31 carries.

Final thought: Wilson expects to return by Oregon in 2 weeks. With Fresno State this weekend the Utes could need Booker to step up big time.

Oregon State (1-1) @ Michigan (1-1) -  7-35

The Beavers couldn't do what Utah did last week and were unable to upset Jim Harbaugh. The Wolverines were led by running back De'Veon Smith and his 126 yards and 3 touchdowns. Oregon State went through 3 different quarterbacks and weren't able to get anything done with any of them.

Final thought: This is the start of Oregon State's long season. The defense allowed 405 yards and was on the field for 38 minutes.

Sacramento State (1-1) @ Washington (1-1) -  0-49

Washington struggled to get things going in this game but once they figured it out, there was no looking back. The Huskies put up 28 points in the second quarter and 21 in the third and stayed out of the endzone in the 4th. Browning went 17/24 for 326 yards and 2 touchdowns - a great improvement from last week.

Final thought: Washington improved a lot from last week, but it is expected going from #23 to an FCS opponent.

Massachusetts (0-1) @ Colorado (1-1) -  14-48

Colorado avenged last weeks loss to Hawaii by rushing for 390 yards and throwing for another 168 yards. UMass scored a touchdown in each of the two quarters but was unable to find the endzone the rest of the game. The concerning part for Colorado is they gave up nearly 400 yards.

Final thought: Colorado needs to work on their defense or that 400-yards and 2 touchdowns will increase substantially.

Washington State (1-1) @ Rutgers (1-1)  -  37-34

Washington State started this game out the same way they ended the game. Driving down the field with purpose and finding the endzone. Luke Falk completed his first 13 passes and went 47/66 for 478 yards and 4 touchdowns. Rutgers return man Janarion Grant took a punt to the house with 1:45 left in the game to give Rutgers the lead 34-30 lead. Falk then led the Cougars on a 10-play 90 yard drive to score the game winning touchdown with :13 seconds left.

Final thought: This win meant a lot for the Washington State. This team has not given up yet and neither should we.

San Diego State (1-1) @ California (2-0) -  7-35

San Diego State scored first but could not find the endzone after that. Both teams punted the ball a combined 15 times in this game as neither team could really move the ball. Which is weird being that Jared Goff threw for 321 yards on 17/24 passing and 3 touchdowns. Daniel Lasco had 123 yards on 19 carries for the Bears as well.

Final thought: Goff is the real deal and continues to prove it.

#22 Arizona (2-0) @ Nevada (1-1)  -  44-20

Arizona QB Anu Soloman and the Wildcats offense have not missed a stride as they put up 40+ points for the second time in this young season. Soloman threw for  264 yards on 24/33 passing and 2 touchdowns while Nick Wilson ran for 194 yards on 21 carries and scored 3 times. There still is not much of a defense and teams are going to start to learn where to pick on a Scooby-less defense.

Final thought: Arizona can score with ease. But when it comes to stopping the opponent they are going to struggle until Scooby comes back.

Idaho (0-2) @ #8 USC (2-0) -  9-59

Idaho has struggled to get out of the bottom of the FBS and this was not a week to help them out. The Trojans outgained the Vandals 737-311 yards of total offense while Kody Kessler threw for 410 yards on 26-31 passing and 3 touchdowns. The Trojans used this game as a "scrimmage" of some sort as they get ready for the meat of their schedule.

Final thought: Judging a team based on how they played Idaho doesn't help anyone.

#7 Oregon (1-1) @ #5 Michigan State (2-0) -  28-31

Vernon Adams went 22/39 throwing for 309 yards and 1 touchdown and 2 interceptions as the Ducks failed to convert on downs after Adams took a sack with 1:06 left to give them a 4th and 16 down 3-points. The Ducks proved they belonged in the top-10 but weren't able to come back from a 10-point deficit on the 5th ranked team in the nation.

Final thought: The Ducks will come back from this game and learn a lot from it.

#13 UCLA (2-0) @ UNLV (0-2)  -  37-3

Josh Rosen shocked the PAC-12 last weekend and proved that again this weekend throwing 22/42 for 223 yards for the Bruins. He also received a lot of help from Paul Perkins who had 2 touchdowns on 18 carries for 151 yards. The Bruins held UNLV scoreless until 3:04 remained in the game.

Final thought: UCLA still has a lot to look forward to in Josh Rosen.

UCF (0-2) @ Stanford (1-1) -  7-31

After not finding the endzone last weekend, it took the Cardinal 5 drives to find it this week. Kevin Hogan led Stanford with 341 yards passing and 3 touchdowns on 17/29 passing. The Cardinal were hit with 12 penalties,10 more than their opponent.

Final thought: This isn't the same Stanford team that had no issues finding the endzone in past years.

Cal Poly (1-1) @ Arizona State (1-1) -  21-35

Arizona State started out the season ranked 15th in the nation but dropped a game to Texas A&M and almost dropped their second game to FCS Cal Poly. With 8 minutes left this game was still tied at 21 before MikeBercovici threw for his two touchdowns and pulled away with the win.

Final thought: Arizona State needs to figure out their offense before getting into the PAC-12 schedule.