Four teams from the Pac-12 North and four from the South were winners on college football’s opening week. That leaves four others at 0-1 including preseason media favorite Washington, which had the toughest opener by far vs. top-10 Auburn.
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12. Oregon State (0-1)
With or without Urban Meyer on Ohio State’s sideline, nothing was going to be easy about a season-opening trip to Columbus for the Beavers, coming off a 1-11 season. Sure enough the No. 5 Buckeyes scored on five of their first six possessions, knocked Beavers QB Jake Luton out early with a concussion and led 42-14 at half and won 77-31. Final 2017 ranking: No. 12. Up next: Saturday vs. Southern Utah (0-1).
11. UCLA (0-1)
There’s no way for Bruins fans to feel good about a 26-17 home loss to Cincinnati as the launch of the Chip Kelly coaching era. Yes, six players were out due to suspension for violating athletic department policies (three for multiple games), but still this was a non-power 5 opponent coming off a 4-8 season. UCLA lost QB Wilton Speight to a back injury in the first half and then had to lean on freshman Dorian Thompson-Robinson. Bruins now are facing possible 0-3 start. Final 2017 ranking: No. 7. Up next: Saturday at No. 5 Oklahoma (1-0).
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10. Arizona (0-1)
Every bit as disappointing as the UCLA/Kelly debut, UA’s 28-23 home loss to BYU was the last thing expected after a summer of hype up to Heisman level from some about QB Khalil Tate and how he would elevate as a passer under new coach Kevin Sumlin. Maybe BYU is much better than last year (4-9) and this defeat will sting less as the season progresses. Final 2017 ranking: No. 8. Up next: Saturday at Houston (1-0).
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9. California (1-0)
The Bears won 24-17 over North Carolina thanks to their defense, not because playing three quarterbacks worked all that well. Still Cal did enough to build a 21-point lead and hold on for their second win in as many years over the Tar Heels (3-9 in 2017). But can the Bears prevent BYU from going 2-0 vs. the Pac-12? Final 2017 ranking: No. 11. Up next: Saturday at BYU (1-0).
8. Colorado (1-0)
This Rocky Mountain rivalry isn’t working out too well for Colorado State, on the losing end for a fourth straight year, 45-13. That’s the most the Buffs have scored on the Rams since 1996, a credit to returning QB Steven Montez, who threw for 338 yards and four touchdowns. Now Colorado seemingly catches a break because Nebraska did not get a tune-up vs. Akron under new coach Scott Frost due to a weather cancellation. Final 2017 ranking: No. 10. Up next: Saturday at Nebraska (0-0).
7. Arizona State (1-0)
ASU by almost every measure exceeded expectations in its debut under Herm Edwards but especially on defense, nearly registered a shutout and allowing two yards rushing in a 49-7 win over UT San Antonio. It’s possible that UTSA will drop off after consecutive six-win seasons but clearly the Sun Devils are dangerous offensively and could be trouble for nationally ranked Michigan State. Final 2017 ranking: No. 6. Up next: Saturday vs. No. 12 Michigan State (1-0).
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6. Washington State (1-0)
With QB Luke Falk finally gone, the Cougars started over at the position with graduate transfer Gardner Minshew, formerly at East Carolina. He had a solid debut (319 yards, 3 touchdowns) in a 41-19 win at Wyoming although the Cowboys led 16-13 at halftime. The Cougars come into this season with a combined 35-17 record since 2015. Final 2017 ranking: No. 4. Up next: Saturday vs. San Jose State (0-1).
5. Oregon (1-0)
New coach Mario Cristobal, promoted from co-offensive coordinator when Willie Taggart ducked out after one season for Florida State, had a comfortable 58-24 debut win over Bowling Green. Returning QB Justin Herbert had just 10 completions, half for touchdowns, and ran for another TD. It doesn’t get much tougher the next two weeks vs. FCS Portland State (72-19 loser to Nevada) and San Jose State. Final 2017 ranking: No. 5. Up next: Saturday vs. Portland State (0-1).
4. Utah (1-0)
The Utes were one of the first openers nationally, beating Weber State 41-10 on Aug. 30. Utah trailed 10-0 before QB Tyler Huntley (four passing touchdowns) and RB Zack Moss (86-yard TD run) kicked into gear. Now, the Utes not only play a Mid-American Conference opponent for the first time but do it on the road. Final 2017 ranking: No. 9. Up next: Saturday at Northern Illinois (0-1).
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3. Washington (0-1)
Neither No. 6 Washington nor No. 10 Auburn looked like a College Football Playoff semifinal contender offensively in a neutral-site opener in Atlanta. Still the Huskies led 16-15 in the fourth quarter and had a chance to win even after falling behind 21-16. It’s a long road ahead with no margin for error when it comes to the CFP final four. Final 2017 ranking: No. 3. Up next: Saturday vs. North Dakota (1-0).
2. USC (1-0)
USC started a true freshman quarterback for just the second time in school history and it took until the fourth quarter before JT Daniels and the No. 15 Trojans put away UNLV, 43-21. Daniels threw for 282 yards and got better as the game progressed, but it’s a big jump from facing the Rebels (5-7 in 2017) to a road game against Stanford in week 2. Final 2017 ranking: No. 1. Up next: Saturday at No. 13 Stanford (1-0).
1. Stanford (1-0)
San Diego State found a way to limit Heisman Trophy runner-up Bryce Love to 29 yards, taking its chances with Stanford QB K.J. Costello. Wide receiver JJ Arcega-Whiteside and Costello connected for three touchdowns, one of 80 yards, in a 31-10 win to avenge the Cardinal’s 2017 loss to the Aztecs. Final 2017 ranking: No. 2. Up next: Saturday vs. No. 15 USC (1-0).