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Pac-12 Football: Week 2 Preview

The Pac-12 didn't open the season on the strongest foot, but looks to rebound with a slate of favorable matchups in the second week of play.

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Okay, so Week 1 wasn't the Pacific Twelve's best, but the games on tap are surely promising.

Utah State @ No. 24 Utah

Shane Roberts of BlockU.com explained earlier this week that these schools are more than anticipating the rekindling of the heated rivalry. Coming off of a very dominant win over Michigan in Week 1, the Utes are expected to come away with the win this week, too. Considering the Aggies only managed to post 12 points over Southern Utah in a home contest and are tasked with traveling to Rice-Eccles Stadium to try and defeat a team motivated at the chance to avenge their loss from two seasons ago in the latest installment of "The Holy War."

Prediction: Utah State 9, Utah 31

Oregon State @ Michigan

Oregon State went with Seth Collins at quarterback to start the year, and it unquestionably provides a dynamic element to the Beavers' offense. However, despite having Storm Barrs-Woods, Victor Bolden and Jordan Villamin around him, Collins will have to deal with Jim Harbaugh's unit on its home turf, and it's fair to believe the advantage is present in Big Blue's court.

Prediction: Oregon State 17, Michigan 27

Sacramento State @ Washington

Washington held its own in a three-point loss to now-No. 20 Boise State. Now, with a chance to host a Sacramento State team that enters the game coming off of a 41-20 win over NAIA's Eastern Oregon, expect the Huskies to take the chance to further gauge where they stand as a young unit.

Prediction: Sacramento State 23, Washington 38

Massachusetts @ Colorado

Is this the beginning of a Buffaloes winning streak? After a disappointing loss to Hawaii in their opener, Colorado is hoping to rebound quickly in an effort to bounce back from a very rough 2014 season. A chance for a mostly unknown football program like Massachusetts to play against a Power 5 Conference team is something its players -- such as cornerback Randall Jette -- are looking forward to. We'll see if Colorado is able to pull out a victory over a team that only won three games last season.

Prediction: Massachusetts 20, Colorado 28

Washington State @ Rutgers

Quarterback Luke Falk is expected to start for the Cougars after leaving Wazzou's first game with a right shoulder injury. Even without Falk, Washington State's season-opening defeat at the hands of Portland State came as a surprise, considering the roster returns plenty of starters from last year's team with a year of experience together. The Scarlet Knights are favorited by two points in a game the over/under has been set at 63 points. After Rutgers dropped 63 points themselves in their opener, I'd assume it's safe to bet this will be a shootout.

Prediction: Washington State 43, Rutgers 48

San Diego State @ California

The Golden Bears offense appears to be every bit as exciting as many of us expected it to be after scoring a wowing 73 points in their first victory over Grambling State last season. While San Diego State is unquestionably a step up in competition, it still shouldn't stymie Cal from once again finding success on the offensive end.

Prediction: San Diego State 24, California 51

No. 22 Arizona @ Nevada

Arizona will have to find a way to cope defensively without All-American linebacker Scooby Wright III. After allowing Texas-San Antonio to hang around with them with Wright and other players out of the starting lineup, the Wildcats will have a chance to prove early in the season they're a complete team against a Nevada team that's proven pesky to them in previous matchups.

Prediction: Arizona 31, Nevada 27

Idaho @ No. 8 USC

The Trojans rolled in their opener against Arkansas State en route to scoring 55 points while only allowing six. From top to bottom, this team looks like it is primed to live up to the offseason hype. They should have no problem here.

Prediction: Idaho 14, USC 51

No. 7 Oregon @ No. 5 Michigan State

Last season, Oregon ended up making easy work of Sparty defeating them 46-27, with the Ducks outscoring Michigan State 28-3 in the second half. Things are different this time around. There's no Heisman-winning quarterback under center for Oregon, and the contest will be taking place in East Lansing this time around. Oregon did allow 41 points to Eastern Washington in its opener, and while we don't expect Michigan State to post that many points, it isn't outrageous to believe that if they control the tempo of the match they won't have a good chance to flip the script this year. Expect an exciting contest, if not the most entertaining one a member of the conference will be taking part in.

Prediction: Oregon 37, Michigan State 31

Central Florida @ Stanford

Stanford fell apart in its opener against Northwestern. Central Florida lost its first game in similar futile fashion, scoring all of its 14 points in the first half, before being outscored 12-0 in the second half as they fell to Florida International 15-14. This is a chance for the Cardinal to regain their balance and right the ship ahead of conference play.

Prediction: UCF 17, Stanford 23

No. 13 UCLA @ UNLV

The Bruins have found their quarterback. True freshman Josh Rosen helped UCLA post 34 points in his debut, while he finished 28-of-35 for 351 yards and three touchdowns. Against a Rebels defense that allowed 360 yards and two touchdowns on 21-of-26 passing, Rosen may be once again putting his great talent on display.

Prediction: UCLA 38, UNLV 24

Cal Poly @ Arizona State

The Sun Devils are coming off of a tough defeat against Texas A&M. The Aggies simply overmatched ASU throughout the game, however that's not to say the Sun Devils still don't present a high-powered attack when playing their best ball. In the comfort of familiar surroundings, ASU should win this one quite handily.

Prediction: Cal Poly 13, ASU 45