Ducks vs. Washington State, Beavers vs. USC to open Pac-12 play Saturday


Two of the best teams in the Pac-12 open the conference season against each other Saturday. No. 15 Oregon, which beat No. 12 BYU last weekend, is looking to continue its surge after an opening loss at No. 1 Georgia.

Undefeated Washington State (3-0) looks to knock off a second ranked team this season.

A key matchup is Washington State’s imposing defense against an Oregon (2-1) offense that scored on each of its first half possessions against BYU.  Oregon transfer quarterback Bo Nix completed 13 of 18 passes for 222 yards and Oregon rushed for 234 yards on 43 carries against BYU.

Washington State’s defense produced seven sacks as the Cougars crushed woeful Colorado State 38-7.

Oregon State has a chance to start the season 4-0 for the first time since 2012 with a win over No. 7 Southern California.

The Beavers beat USC 45-27 last season for their first win in the Coliseum in more than 60 years. There are currently four Pac-12 teams in the latest AP poll, but a win over the Trojans could very well elevate the Beavers into the rankings.

In other Pac-12 games, Sun Devils interim coach Shaun Aguano makes his debut after taking over for Herm Edwards. Arizona State will host No. 13 Utah.


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