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Three Pac-12 Games to Watch

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Saturday is here, and we have a full slate of Pac-12 games. A Pac-12 team is featured in the game of the week and probably the best nonconference game of the season. We give you three Pac-12 games to watch in week one of college football.

Oregon State Beavers at #5 Ohio State Buckeyes - 10:00 a.m. MT - ABC

It is one of the first games of the day. This is mostly about the opponent. The Beavers will likely get smoked, but anytime a Pac-12 team plays a top five team in nonconference play, we have to feature it. Can the Beavers stay at all competitive? The biggest storyline is that Urban Meyer is suspended surrounding the Zach Smith domestic abuse scandal. It is also the first game for new Oregon State head coach Jonathan Smith. I guarantee OSU will win this one.

#6 Washington Huskies vs #9 Auburn Tigers (Atlanta) - 1:30 p.m. MT - ABC

Just keep your TV tuned to ABC, and this game will kickoff after the battle of the OSUs ends. The Huskies had to travel more than 2,600 miles for this game to face another top 10 team in Auburn. Auburn played their last two games of last season in the Georgia Dome, and they lost both, will they lose three-straight games in one stadium that is not their home stadium? We get so few Pac-12-SEC showdowns, and they usually do not feature two top 10 teams. The Pac-12 was left out of the College Football Playoff last season. That makes this game important and a Washington win would be great for the Pac-12. However, a Washington loss does not destroy the Pac-12’s Playoff chances. The Huskies seem like the most balanced team in the Pac-12, will they show that off in the Georgia Dome?

BYU Cougars at Arizona Wildcats - 8:45 p.m. MT - ESPN

Khalil Tate will kickoff his 2018 Heisman campaign against a BYU team that struggled mightily last season. The Utah Utes faces both of these teams this year, so it will be a good chance for Utah fans to get a feel for both opponents. This is the first game for Kevin Sumlin at Arizona. BYU will likely be better than they were last year, but can they improve enough to make a bowl game with how tough their schedule is? Can Tate recapture the magic he found in October? Or will he look more like he did in November when opponents started to figure out how to slow him down?