Week one is finally in the books and the Pac-10 faithful will agree that there were several exciting and outrageous games to whet our appetites. The Cal Bears remain atop my rankings, which will no doubt be debated, but USC looked strong, per usual, in their opener.
While Cal faces a much weaker Eastern Washington team in week two, all eyes will be on USC's matchup versus the Buckeyes. Should be another great week!
(Overall Record, Conference Record, Last Week's Ranking)
1. California Bears (1-0, 0-0 | 1)
The offensive explosion displayed by the Bears on Saturday makes it hard not to be even more intrigued about this team's potential of stealing a Pac-10 crown. Jahvid Best ran wild over a fairly weak and inexperienced Maryland defense, but the real spotlight should shine on Kevin Riley. A 65.4 percent completion rate accompanied by four touchdowns and 298 yards added great signs that this offense isn’t one-dimensional.
2. USC Trojans (1-0, 0-0 | 2)
The Men of Troy tried to give the packed crowd at the L.A. Coliseum a little early drama by producing two punts and two fumbles in the first four series. Matt Barkley and his offense locked it up though, demolishing the feeble San Jose State Spartans, ceasing any worries that this team may stumble out of the gate. A true test on what this offense and defense is really worth will come this weekend.
3. Oregon State Beavers (1-0, 0-0 | 4)
A cupcake game against Portland State allowed Jacquizz Rodgers to flash his skills, recording three touchdowns and accumulating 103 yards. Jacquizz’s brother James also got into the act, catching the only passing touchdown of this game.
4. Arizona St. Sun Devils (1-0, 0-0 | 5)
Four different Sun Devils crossed the goal line to score against the Idaho State Bengals and kicker Thomas Weber tied an Arizona State record, nailing five field goals. The Sun Devils' defense also shined, only allowing 37 total yards and forcing five turnovers.
5. Oregon Ducks (0-1, 0-0 | 3)
The punch heard around the world was only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the concerns of Ducks fans. Zero first downs and only 14 total yards through the first two quarters was not the way Chip Kelly wanted to start his career as Oregon’s head coach. The loss of LeGarrette Blount for the entire season now raises huge questions about what this backfield is capable of doing for the rest of the season.
6. Stanford Cardinal (1-0, 1-0 | 6)
Andrew Luck impressed fans in his first outing, leading the Cardinal to that often elusive road victory. While Luck’s 11-for-23, 193 yards, and one touchdown were more than fans could ask for to start his Stanford career, he tacked on 53 rushing yards on six carries to make the pot even sweeter.
7. UCLA Bruins (1-0, 0-0 | 7)
The Bruins added their own drama in Southern California, allowing the San Diego State Aztecs to hold a 14-10 lead at the end of the first quarter. Kevin Prince looked a little shaky in his first outing, throwing two interceptions and only one touchdown. Their special teams came up huge, blocking a PAT and a field goal attempt, returning both for points. This helped UCLA keep their unbeaten streak against the Aztecs alive.
8. Washington Huskies (0-1, 0-0 | 10)
Despite losing their 15th consecutive game, the Huskies showed signs of life and kept the game against heavy favorite LSU a lot closer than many would have expected. Jake Locker’s arm looked healthy and he showed off signs of his mobility, gaining an overall total of 372 yards and putting the ball in the end zone twice.
9. Arizona Wildcats (1-0, 0-0 | 8)
The Wildcats' offense did its best impression of a 1970s Pinto, consistently sputtering and creating frustration among those that love them. Four field goals by Alex Zendejas would be enough for Arizona to sneak past Central Michigan, but Nic Grigsby would add a rushing touchdown for good measure.
10. Washington State Cougars (0-1, 0-1 | 9)
Kevin Lopina did the best job of moving the Cougars offense, connecting on 10-of-15 passes for 122 yards and finding Jared Karstetter in the end zone. Their rushing game looked quite anemic though, collecting only 104 yards, while Stanford’s rushing and passing offenses picked their defense apart.
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