Pac-12 Season Update

By Sean Kreager


College football is two weeks in, let’s check out a couple teams in the Pac-12. First off are the Washington Huskies. The Huskies started the season off against the Rutgers. It was the Pac-12 vs the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights started off strong against the Huskies. On the Huskies first series they forced a three and out, then on Rutgers first drive, they went 59 yards and scored on a three-yard touchdown pass. The rest of the first half was a defensive battle, and finally in the second half the Huskies scored their first offensive touchdown. The Huskies then continued to dominate to beat Rutgers 30-14. Heisman hopeful Jake Browning threw for 284 yards and had two touchdowns.

In game two the Huskies took on the Montana Grizzlies and it was not a close battle. The Huskies won 63-7, and Dante Pettis found himself in the Pac-12 record books after returning his seventh career punt return for a touchdown. Browning completed 22/26 passes, threw for 259 yards, two touchdowns, but had one interception.

Next up are the Oregon Ducks. The Ducks took on the Southern Utah Thunderbirds, and that game went as you could expect, an 77-21 victory for the Ducks. Willie Taggart was able to walk away with a win his first game coaching the Ducks. Taggart was the former coach of Southern Florida from 2013-16, and Western Kentucky from 2010-12. The Ducks had over 700 yards on offense with 355 coming through the air and 348 on the ground.

In Taggart’s second game, they took on the Nebraska Cornhuskers. The game looked like it was going to be a blow out just like game one. The Ducks had a 42-14 lead going into halftime. The Cornhuskers could come back to score 21 straight in the second half, but threw an interception on their final drive to lose 42-35. One of the main issues for Oregon last year was their defense, if they want to compete for a playoff spot, they need to make sure they step it up. They caused four interceptions on the day, but in the second half they fell apart. They need to play four quarters of football. If they can fix their defense, look for them to be on the top of the Pac-12. Next week the Ducks take on QB Josh Allen, who is considered one of the top picks in the next draft, it will be a true test for the Ducks defense.

Lastly are the Colorado Buffaloes who started the season off against instate rival, the Colorado State Rams. The Buffaloes took home a 17-3 victory over the Rams, but it was not a pretty game. The Buffaloes finished the season last year 10-4 and they wanted to prove that was not a fluke. The game saw 17 penalties, with 10 on the Rams for 120-yards and 7 on the Buffaloes for 59-yards. The Rams had a couple questionable offensive pass interference calls in the end zone or close to the end zone, that could of changed the game. QB Steven Montez threw 202 yards, one touchdown and two picks. He will have to step his game up to compete in the Pac-12, on the bright side, running back Phillip Lindsay had 140 yards on the ground with one touchdown.

In their second game, they took on Texas State Bobcats. The Buffaloes were struggling in the first, but late in the quarter they received a punt from Texas State and the returner fumbled the ball. Laviska Shenault Jr. was in the right place, as he picked up the ball and returned it for a touchdown. Shenault touchdown made Colorado start to find their grove as they went on to win 37-3. Steven Montez threw for 299 yards and had one touchdown. In two weeks, The Buffaloes take on Washington, then UCLA. Those two games will prove if Colorado is for real or if last season was just a fluke.