Ok, let’s be honest, the game between the Utah Utes and the Washington Huskies is the game to watch in the Pac-12 today. Many of our readers will likely be at the game with it being in Salt Lake City, Utah. There are five Pac-12 teams playing FCS teams this week, and the Oregon Ducks play possibly the worst FBS team in the nation in the San Jose State Spartans, so there are not many compelling games this week in the Pac-12. With that said, here are three Pac-12 games you can watch.
#22 USC Trojans at Texas Longhorns - 6:00 p.m. MT - Fox
There are two sneaky good games where a ranked Pac-12 team goes on the road to face an unranked opponent, and both of them happen to feature Pac-12 South contenders. First up is USC at Texas. USC got the win in Los Angeles, Calif. over Texas last year, but it took overtime to claim the victory. USC failed to score a touchdown against Stanford last week, and scored the fewest points since 1997 when they were shutout at No. 7 Washington. Can the USC offense get back on track with true freshman quarterback JT Daniels? Texas was “back” for about the 10th time, just to yet again fall on their face early in the season, losing to the Maryland Terrapins in week one (just like last season). These are two blue-blood programs that both need a win to get their seasons back on track.
#23 Arizona State Sun Devils at San Diego State Aztecs - 8:30 p.m. MT - CBS Sports Network
The Sun Devils scored their first marquee win in the Herm Edwards era, knocking off the No. 15 Michigan State Spartans last weekend. Can they avoid a hangover on the road? The Sun Devils were picked dead last in the South in the preseason Pac-12 Media Poll. But after two weeks, they look like a contender in the South. If they are for real, this is a good chance for them to prove it. The Stanford Cardinal got a 31-10 win at home against the Aztecs in week one. The Sun Devils also will be looking to avenge a loss at home to the Aztecs last season.
Fresno State Bulldogs at UCLA Bruins - 8:30 p.m. MT - Fox Sports 1
Can Chip Kelly get his first win at UCLA? Fresno State might be a Group of Five team, but they have been playing really well since Jeff Tedford arrived in Fresno, Calif. Fresno State always plays hard when they face an L.A. school. They will contend for the Mountain West title this year, so this is not a game the Bruins can overlook.