Ten things to watch in the Pac-12 in Week 2

Here are 10 things to keep an eye on for Week 2 in the Pac-12.

1. Marquee matchup: This week brings us Round 2 of Oregon vs. Michigan State, with the Ducks making the return trip to East Lansing. It's the first meeting of top 10 teams in the 2015 season and, naturally, all eyes will be on Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. to see how he handles the environment. He's faced just one AP Top 25 team in his career, when Eastern Washington knocked off Oregon State in 2013.

2. More Big Ten: The Pac-12 has two more games against Big Ten this week with Oregon State making the trek to Michigan and Washington State heading to Rutgers. The Pac-12 has won seven of its last 10 games against the Big Ten, including a 1-1 mark last week (Utah beating Michigan, Northwestern beating Stanford).

3. No threat to USC: The Trojans, who host Idaho, are 43-point favorites. Idaho is 1-40 all-time against teams ranked in the AP poll and they've dropped 36 in a row against ranked opponents. The last time Idaho beat a ranked opponent? It was in 1947 against Utah.

4. The replacements: The Pac-12 lost a pair of high-profile defensive players in Week 1 -- UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes and the recipient of almost every defensive player of the year award last season, Arizona's Scooby Wright III. Vanderdoes is likely done for the year with a torn ACL, and the tandem of Eli Ankou and Matt Dickerson will platoon as his replacement. Haden Gregory is expected to fill in for Wright, who is expected to miss about a month with an MCL tear. He had four tackles last week.

5. Road warriors: Five of the 12 teams are on the road this week. That suits UCLA just fine. Since the start of the 2013 season, the Bruins are 12-2 away from the Rose Bowl. Their seven-game win streak away from home ranks fourth in FBS.

6. Thievery! Despite only going 7-5, the conference as a whole was quite the quarterback pick-pocket in Week 1. Pac-12 defensive players snagged 19 interceptions in the 12 games played. That's tops among all conferences and six picks more than the closest Power 5 league -- the SEC -- which had 13.

7. Solomon on the move: Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon has more completions (86), attempts (169) passing yards (1,278), touchdowns (12) and 20-yard plays (17) outside of the pocket than any other Power 5 quarterback over the last two years. If you saw his scramble play against Texas-San Antonio, then you saw his athleticism on display. However, this might not be the week he needs to leave the pocket. He's been sacked at least once in every game in his career -- except last year against Nevada.

8. Tall order for Oregon State: With half of the state of Oregon in East Lansing and the other half in Ann Arbor, the Beavers face some tough odds. Oregon State has lost five straight road games against the Big Ten by an average of 24.6 points. It's last road win against the Big Ten came in 1978 at Minnesota.

9. DYK? This will be the 112th meeting between Utah and Utah State. Since joining the Pac-12 in 2011, the Utes have actually won more home games against nonconference foes (8) than league foes (7). Going back to the Mountain West days, Utah has won 16 straight home games against nonconference opponents. They have beaten the Aggies 13 of the last 14 times.

10. Backs with handles: The Pac-12 boasted some of the top receiving runnings backs in the college football in Week 1. Washington's Dwayne Washington and Utah's Devontae Booker caught seven passes each, which ranks second among all FBS backs after one game. Paul Perkins and Christian McCaffrey had five each. Throw in DJ Foster (who carried three times for ASU) and the Pac-12 leads all Power 5 conferences in receiving backs.