No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 3 Georgia top Pac-12 Football Week


Here are some things to watch for this week at the Pac-12 conference:

No. 11 Oregon against No. 3 Georgia on Saturday in Atlanta. As non-conference games go, it doesn’t get much bigger in the Pac-12 than one of the best teams in the conference facing the defending national champions. Game 1 led by coach Dan Lanning will be a huge test for the Ducks against a loaded Georgia team that could be a barometer for the Pac-12 college football playoff chances. Lanning was an assistant under Georgia coach Kirby Smart the previous four seasons before landing in Eugene, so he knows how fierce the Bulldogs defense can be. Oregon is one of eight FBS schools to fire all five starting offensive linemen, which should help, but Lanning has yet to name a starting quarterback. Former Auburn QB Bo Nix is ​​considered the favorite.

No. 7 Utah at Florida on Saturday. The Utes were picked to repeat as Pac-12 champions and have plenty of returning talent, including quarterback Cam Rising and running back Tavion Thomas. The Gators are rebuilding, but Utah’s first real road game against an SEC opponent in 38 years doesn’t look easy; Florida has won 32 straight games at home, the longest active streak on FBS. Keep an eye out for Utah linebacker Mohamoud Diabate, who was traded from Florida after leading the Gators with 89 tackles last season.

Kalen DeBoer will make his Washington coaching debut when the Huskies host Fresno State on Saturday. He was Fresno State’s coach the previous two seasons and succeeds Jimmy Lake. … Both Arizona schools will have new quarterbacks to start the season, both by transfer. Emory Jones will be the Wildcats starter at San Diego State after transferring from Florida, and former Washington State QB Jayden de Laura will lead the Sun Devils against Northern Arizona on Thursday. … Stanford has five offensive linemen with a total of 101 starts going into Saturday’s game against Colgate.

Caleb Williams, Southern California. Trojans coach Lincoln Riley boosted his chances of a successful first season by bringing Williams with him from Oklahoma. The dual-threat quarterback was the only FBS freshman to have 20 passing and five rushing touchdowns last season, and is among the Heisman Trophy favorites this year.

Boise State on Oregon State on Saturday. The Beavers are 2 1/2 point favorites, according to FanDuel Sports Betting, but the Broncos have won the last three meetings. The key will be to stop Oregon State’s run game. The Beavers averaged 212.4 yards per game last season and have another talented backfield.

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