Week 1 is in the books, and Week 2 is already underway. Thus far the Pac-10 is 6-4, with three teams (Oregon, USC, and Stanford) in the Top 25.
There were some impressive contributions from Pac-10 wide receivers in Week 1. Here is a recap of the top performers, with a prediction of how each receiver will do this season.
Breaking into the Top 10 with four catches and 64 yards is Stanford senior Ryan Whalen. Sacramento State wasn't much competition, but Whalen is a solid receiver who put up a decent performance.
Whalen will have a solid season for the Cardinal, a program considered in many discussions as a Rose Bowl candidate.
Multiple Washington State wide receivers had career games last weekend, but astoundingly the Cougars still lost 65-17 to Oklahoma State last Saturday.
Still, Isiah Barton had four catches for 69 yards, the junior's first recorded stats as a collegiate receiver.
While Washington State will have another rebuilding year, it is difficult to estimate how Barton will fare. Without a supporting cast, however, it may be difficult for Barton to gain much attention.
In perhaps the top Week 1 matchup, senior wideout and half of the Rodgers' brothers tandem, James Rodgers, snagged four of the nine completions by sophomore QB Ryan Katz, and scored a touchdown against TCU in a 30-21 loss.
Most likely Rodgers will pass the 2,000 receiving yard mark against Louisville on September 18 in the Beavers' home opener.
James is undersized for a receiver and stands just 5'7", but his speed and ability to run the ball in the fly sweep may make headlines across the Pac-10 and the Top 25 this season. If Rodgers continues his pace, he may be able to make it to the NFL draft as a late-round selection, but he has some serious work to do.
Masoli who? The Oregon Ducks offense didn't skip a beat against New Mexico, beating the hapless Lobos 72-0, and somewhat silencing critics. Most insiders are wondering if the endless amount of Nike uniform combinations the Ducks possess would be the only thing to talk about in 2010, but thus far U of O looks impressive.
Senior Jeff Maehl led the Ducks with five receptions for 91 yards, with a long of 39 yards. Last season Maehl hauled in 53 passes for 696 yards and six TDs.
He isn't the fastest player on the field, but his reliable hands and strong execution make him a good possession receiver and a valuable weapon in the Ducks' progression. Look for him to have a strong year to finish his collegiate career in the national spotlight.
The wide receiver from Fontana, California is entering his junior season with pride, gaining 81 yards through the air and a touchdown last week.
While he only has 740 career receiving yards, Marvin Jones may just have a breakout year for the Golden Bears. Cal is once again in the realm of the nation's elite, and 2010 may be the year they make its case for the Rose Bowl, although the Bears will face stiff competition and many skeptics.
While Washington State was getting pounded by the Oklahoma State Cowboys in a dismal 65-17 loss, the bright spot for the Cougars was certainly freshman wide receiver Marquess Wilson.
The slim 6'3", 173 lb wide out broke the 100-yard mark with four catches and a touchdown.
However, for Wilson and WSU, it appears 2010 will be another season to forget. Last season the Cougars went winless in the Pac-10 and narrowly missed a winless season, defeating only Southern Methodist by a field goal in overtime.
Wilson will need some polishing and muscle. He looks severely under-developed with a lot of promise.
Jermaine Kearse turned in a huge performance in a tough game against BYU. With five catches for 108 yards and a score, Kearse hits high on the list for doing it against a tough team like the Cougars, who received 30 votes in the Top 25 poll for Week 2.
While most of these receivers padded their stats against smaller programs, the junior from Lakewood, Washington may have put himself on the watch list for 2010 to accompany his quarterback Jake Locker.
The true freshman had a big day in his collegiate debut. While only collecting four catches, Keenan Allen made them count. Against UC-Davis, the 6'3", 195 lb. speedster had 120 yards and a touchdown in a landslide Cal win, 52-3.
According to espn.go.com, Allen is projected to finish with 1,440 receiving yards. However, it is more realistic that the young receiver will have a more average season with a few punctuated highlights.
Doug Baldwin only recorded four receptions, but had 111 yards and two touchdowns for the Stanford Cardinal in a 52-17 victory over Sacramento State.
Baldwin is a senior with less than 1,000 career yards. Don't expect him to break the 100-yard mark in a single game often, as the Cardinal will face a tough Pac-10 schedule without many Sacramento State-caliber teams.
The top performance turned in by a Pac-10 wide receiver in Week 1 belongs to Arizona's Juron Criner.
Criner pulled in 11 passes while tallying 187 yards and a touchdown against Toledo in a 41-2 Wildcats victory.
The 6'4" junior wideout has 63 career receptions, 11 touchdowns, and is approaching 1,000 yards. Arizona's offense is very pass-heavy, and Criner thrives in the fast-paced offense. The Wildcats' 413-yard pass-and-catch performance ranks them second in total passing yards.
Criner is likely NFL-bound, and this season may be the year he makes his case as a high draft pick.