Six morsels for Week Three …
1. Once again, every team is in action this week, but not every team is playing Saturday:
Arizona visits UTEP tonight at 7:15 (PT), on ESPN.
The Wildcats are heavily favored (20 points). UTEP is terrible. A close game deep into the fourth quarter would be cause for red alert in Tucson.
Actually, check that: There is already cause for red alert in Tucson.
2. The Pac-12 is 4-1 against Power Five conferences and has three more matchups this week:
Mississippi at Cal
Texas at USC
Arizona State at Texas Tech
(Would be something if the conference went 2-1, with USC taking the loss.)
Beyond Saturday, there are only two more P5 dates: Stanford and USC against Notre Dame.
3. The highest-rated passer in the conference isn’t Josh Rosen or Sam Darnold … or Jake Browning … or Luke Falk.
Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert has an efficiency rating of 199.01 — that’s good for eighth place nationally — and could very well build on that number Saturday in the thin air of Laramie:
Wyoming’s pass defense is No. 80 in the FBS.
Then again, passer ratings don’t mean everything, especially this early in the season.
Arizona State’s Manny Wilkins has a higher efficiency than Darnold, Browning and Falk.
4. Not surprisingly, USC topped the Pac-12 with 42 players on opening day active NFL rosters (numbers are from the conference).
Next was UCLA with 30, followed by Utah, Cal and Stanford with 28.
5. Two teams will be subject to Pac-12 measures designed to speed shorten the games:
Colorado will have reduced breaks between quarters and a short halftime (against Northern Colorado), while Washington will have reduced breaks between quarters for its home date with Fresno State.
Note: The measures are in place for non-conference home games televised by the Pac-12 Networks.
6. Kickoff times for the Sept. 30 games will be announced Monday, but we already know the start time for the best game that week:
USC at Washington State is on Friday the 29th at 7:30.
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