Pac-10 week one: Quick previews

Here's a quick look at the season-openers for every Pac-10 team.

All times are PDT.


USC at Hawaii (8 p.m., ESPN): The first game of the Lane Kiffin Era will kick off at 11 p.m. (EST) in Knoxville (just saying). Here's a guess that the Trojans will come out fast, hard and motivated after all the offseason turmoil. Hawaii returns 12 starters from a 6-7 team. Up next: Virginia.

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Arizona at Toledo (5 p.m., ESPN): A Pac-10 team playing in the Glass Bowl is not something you see very often. Toledo welcomes back 12 starters from a 5-7 team, but the Rockets rolled up 54 points in a home win vs. Colorado in 2009. The Wildcats shouldn't take this one lightly, though it's hard to imagine the Rockets defense will be able to keep up with Nick Foles and company. Up next: The Citadel.


UCLA at Kansas State(12:30 p.m., ABC): The Bruins beat Kansas State 23-9 last season. The Wildcats welcome back 12 starters from a 6-6 team. There are two big questions here: 1. Will quarterback Kevin Prince (back) be healthy enough to start? 2. Will the patchwork offensive line be able to hold up? Up next: Stanford.

Washington at BYU (4 p.m., CBS College Sports): The Jake Locker show begins: Will it end in New York at the Heisman Trophy ceremony? In 2008, BYU won 28-27 at Washington after Locker was flagged for tossing the ball into the air after scoring what appeared to a tying touchdown, pending the PAT. With 15 yards tacked on, though, UW missed the extra-point attempt. Funny thing: That still might have been the high point of a 0-12 season. BYU welcomes back 12 starters from an 11-2 team. Up next: Syracuse.

Washington State at Oklahoma State(4 p.m., FSN): The Cowboys, who welcome back just eight starters from a 9-4 team, beat the Cougars 39-13 in Seattle in 2008. While it might be premature to flag this one as an upset alert, don't be shocked if the Cougars play a tough, competitive game against a rebuilding Big 12 team. Up next: Montana State.

Oregon State vs. TCU (Cowboys Stadium, 4:45, ESPN): Sixth-ranked TCU welcomes back 16 starters from a 12-1 team, so, yeah, this is a heck of a test. The Horned Frogs are 9-2 vs. BCS teams, beating Clemson and Virginia in 2009. The game is a homecoming for the Rodgers brothers, Texas natives James and Jacquizz. It also will be the first start for sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz. Up next: Bye.

Portland State at Arizona State(7 p.m): The Sun Devils will look to make a statement with their new-look offense against the first of two FCS opponents to start the season. Think of it as a preseason before the visit to Wisconsin on Sept. 18. Up next: Northern Arizona.

UC Davis at California (1 p.m., CSN California): The Bears should roll this FCS foe. What's worth watching? Will quarterback Kevin Riley complete more than 60 percent of his passes. The higher his completion percentage, the better Bears fans should feel with Colorado and a visit to Nevada ahead. Up next: Colorado.

New Mexico at Oregon (12:30 p.m): New Mexico welcomes back 11 starters from a squad that went 1-11 in 2009. The Lobos figure to give new Ducks quarterback Darron Thomas plenty of opportunities to gain confidence. Running back LaMichael James is suspended for this one, so expect to see some flashy highlights from backup Kenjon Barner. Up next: At Tennessee.

Sacramento State at Stanford (3:30 p.m., Comcast SportsNet Bay Area): Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck should sit out the fourth quarter (third also?) against this FCS foe. Good chance for the new look 3-4 defense and rebuilt running game, post-Toby Gerhart, to get some quality preseason work before a visit to UCLA the following weekend. Up next: At UCLA