Week Two of the College Football season went well for the Pac-12 once again. The conference has eight teams with unbeaten records, and the other four are now 1-1. The three losses in Week Two were tight, and none were a big blow to the conference.
The first loss of the weekend for the conference came in overtime. The Arizona Wildcats trailed Mississippi State 14-0 early in the game but battled back to tie the game with 0:09 left in regulation. The Bulldogs then won the game in overtime 31-24. Jayden de Laura had a tough game for the Wildcats, as he threw four interceptions in the loss.
The second loss went to the fellow Arizona squad. The Arizona State Sun Devils led Oklahoma State 7-0 after one and 15-10 at halftime. The second half was all Cowboys, as they held Arizona State scoreless and won the game 27-15.
The Sun Devils quarterback, Jaden Rashada, was 16 of 29 for a score and an interception. Cameron Skattebo scored a touchdown for Arizona State, but it was not enough.
The third and final loss for the Pac-12 on Saturday was the California Golden Bears. In the lowest-scoring game of the weekend, Auburn topped California 14-10. After a 10-7 lead at halftime, the Tigers put the defensive shoes on and held the Bears to no second-half points. Auburn scored a touchdown with just under 7:00 to anchor the win.
Best Wins of the Weekend
The Utah Utes struggled at times but won on the road at Baylor. No matter the status of the Baylor Bears, anytime you can go to Waco and pick up a win, it’s a good day. The Utes are ranked 12th in the country and are 2-0 on the season.
The Oregon Ducks needed nearly 60 minutes of the game but stayed unbeaten. The Ducks won on the road at Texas Tech, another Big 12 foe. Oregon used 359 passing yards and two scores from Bo Nix, their starting quarterback, in the win.
The UCLA Bruins were doubted by many but put a quick halt to that on Saturday. The Ducks were picked by many to be upset by San Diego State, scored 28 first-half points, and then held the Aztecs scoreless in the second half to win 35-10. The Bruins are now 2-0 on the season.
Washington State upset the Wisconsin Badgers at home. Wisconsin made a push late in the game, making it 24-22 Cougars to start the fourth quarter, but a touchdown by the home team put the game out of reach. Washington State is now 2-0, with a great chance to move to 3-0 as they host Northern Colorado in Week 3.
Week 3 Slate
The NCAAF Week 3 slate sees the conference teams as the favorite in every game except the Arizona State Sun Devils. The Sun Devils host Fresno State and opened as a three-point underdog. The Bulldogs won the Mountain West Conference a season ago and have started 2-0 this season.
The Arizona Wildcats will play host to UTEP at night. The last time these two teams met was in 2017 when the Wildcats scored 63 points and won by 47. UTEP has gotten off to a slow start, winning just one of their first three games.
The Miners’ lone win was over Incarnate Ward. UTEP is coming off a 31-point loss at Northwestern, who many felt would not win a game all season.
The Washington Huskies will face a stiff test when they go on the road to Michigan State. The Spartans have all sorts of controversy and will be without their head coach.
Michael Penix Jr. has put up Heisman-like numbers so far in his first two games. The Huskies are more than two touchdown favorites despite being on the road across the country in this one.
Coach Prime and his Colorado Buffaloes will look for their third straight win this weekend as well. The Buffaloes stay in Boulder to take on state rival Colorado State.
The Buffaloes come in as more than three touchdown favorites against the Rams in this one. Colorado is coming off the win at home over Nebraska.