So much has changed for Stanford and No. 13 Oregon since the 2018 season, but the memories are still vivid for Cardinal safety Kendall Williamson.
Williamson made his college debut against the Ducks and he admittedly got knocked around a lot.
Stanford (1-2, 0-2 Pac-12) at No. 13 Oregon (3-1, 1-0), Saturday, 11 p.m. ET (FS1)
Line: Oregon by 17, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
California (3-1, 1-0 Pac-12) at Washington State (3-1, 0-1), Saturday, 5:30 pm ET (Pac-12)
Line: Washington State by 3 1/2 points, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
When Oregon got throttled by top-ranked Georgia and Utah lost at Florida, it appeared as though the Pac-12 was headed toward another College Football Playoff miss.
NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — Kansas State quarterback Adrian Martinez ran for 148 yards and four touchdowns, and the Wildcats stunned No. 6 Oklahoma 41-34 on Saturday night.
Martinez also passed for 234 yards and a score and Deuce Vaughn rushed for 116 yards for the Wildcats (3-1, 1-0 Big 12).
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Oregon quarterback Bo Nix was piling up the yardage, but the No. 15 Ducks were not getting into the end zone in the first half against Washington State.
That all changed with less than seven minutes left in the game, when Oregon scored three late touchdowns to come back for a 44-41 win over the Cougars on Saturday.
Through his first three games at Washington State, linebacker Daiyan Henley is proving to be one of the most important transfer portal additions in the country.
Much like his team as a whole, Henley gets another big stage to show both he and the Cougars are worthy of even more attention hosting No.
No. 15 Oregon (2-1) at Washington State (3-0), Saturday, 4 p.m. ET (Fox)
Line: Oregon by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The last two games have certainly shown that any initial concerns about Bo Nix's integration into Oregon's offense were a bit overwrought.
Nix has rebounded from a disappointing outing in the season opener against Georgia with a pair of stellar performances against Eastern Washington and BYU.
The starts by the four Pacific Northwest schools would have had all the hallmarks of an exciting race in the Pac-12 North Division.
If only the North Division still existed.
The current Pac-12 season marks the first time that the two teams with the highest winning percentage in conference games will meet in the championship game.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The University of Oregon and its student section have apologized to Brigham Young University fans after they were subjected to an offensive chant during Saturday's football game.
Washington made its season debut in The Associated Press college football on Sunday at No. 18, and Penn State and Oregon moved into the top 15 after all three had decisive nonconference victories.
A weekend filled with blowouts by highly ranked teams kept the top 10 almost unchanged.
Being a good, but definitely not great, quarterback can be a rough ride in college football.
Good enough to start and be successful, but not good enough to satisfy fans that see only a ceiling they wish was higher.
SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Penix Jr. threw for 397 yards and four touchdowns, and Washington emphatically stated its case as a contender in the Pac-12 with a 39-28 win over No. 11 Michigan State on Saturday night.
EUGENE, ore. (AP) — Bo Nix likened himself to a point guard for Oregon.
He certainly scored like one. Nix threw for two touchdowns and ran for three more to lead No. 25 Oregon to a 41-20 victory over No.
In the aftermath of a big win over Baylor, BYU's players celebrated with their raucous blue-clad fans who rushed the field in Provo, Utah.
The victory moved the Cougars (2-0) up nine spots to No.
No. 12 BYU (2-0) at No. 25 Oregon (1-1), Saturday, 3:35 p.m. ET (FOX).
Line: Oregon by 3 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 12 Brigham Young (2-0) at No. 25 Oregon (1-1), Saturday. The Ducks play their second ranked opponent of the season when the Cougars make their first trip to Autzen Stadium since 1990.
Perhaps no team in the Pac-12 has worked the transfer portal harder than Southern California.
The Trojans have 33 players who previously played at other four-year universities on their roster.
The greatest weekend in the history of Sun Belt football was not enough to push any of the conference's upstarts into The Associated Press poll.
Marshall and Appalachian State were left at the top of the others receiving votes list in Sunday's AP Top 25 presented by Regions Bank, the day after the Thundering Herd won at Notre Dame and the Mountaineers beat Texas A&M in College Station.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Bo Nix threw for 277 yards and five touchdowns and Oregon rebounded from its season-opening loss to Georgia with a 70-14 rout of Eastern Washington on Saturday night.
It was Oregon's 20th straight win at Autzen Stadium and its 18th straight victory in a home opener.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — A shutout win wasn't enough for a No. 2 Georgia coming off its impressive opener when it scored touchdowns on its first seven offensive possessions.
The reigning national champions fell short of that lofty standard against FCS Samford.
Eastern Washington (1-0) at Oregon (0-1), Saturday, 8:30 p.m. ET (Pac-12)
Line: No line.
Series record: Oregon won the only previous meeting 61-42 at Autzen Stadium in 2015.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — They’re all set in the quarterback department at USC and Arizona may have just found the answer.
Georgia moved up to No. 2 in the first Associated Press college football poll of the regular season, passing Ohio State, after the defending national champions dominated their opener.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Even when keeping No. 11 Oregon out of the end zone in a dominant opening win, No. 3 Georgia proved its offense is ready to lead.
Last week's 49-3 rout of Oregon was a showcase for the Bulldogs' depth — and its new attacking, pass-first style.
ATLANTA (AP) — Stetson Bennett and the Georgia defense picked up where they left off in last year’s national championship game, even with a bunch of their former teammates now playing in the NFL.
Bennett threw for 368 yards and accounted for three touchdowns, a revamped defense didn't miss a beat, and the No.
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Cam Wiley had a 1-yard touchdown run in overtime and Akron held off FCS-member St. Francis (Pa.) 30-23 on Thursday night in the debut of head coach Joe Moorhead.
Wiley scored on the first possession of overtime in the season opener for both teams.
ATLANTA (AP) — A significant chunk of Georgia's defense for the ages has moved on to the NFL.
No. 11 Oregon (0-0) vs. No. 3 Georgia (0-0), Saturday, 3:30 p.m. ET (ABC)
Line: Georgia by 16 1/2 according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
The first big weekend of college football is bursting with storylines and intrigue.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Things to watch in Week 1 in the Southeastern Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 11 Oregon visits No. 3 Georgia in one of two games in which an SEC team faces a ranked opponent.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 11 Oregon vs. No. 3 Georgia on Saturday in Atlanta. As nonconference games go, it doesn't get much bigger in the Pac-12 than one of the conference's best teams facing the reigning national champions.
Now the college football starts for real.
Well, not that it didn't start for real for the teams that played Week 0 games. Those results very much count. Sorry, Nebraska.Congratulations, Vanderbilt!
Oregon linebacker Noah Sewell is certainly aware of the expectations that come with the family name.
Noah is the youngest of the four Sewell brothers. Penei also went to Oregon and now plays for the Detroit Lions.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — When you build a powerhouse program, it's inevitable that others will try to copy your success.
That means hiring people who work for you.
Georgia coach Kirby Smart will see another familiar face on the opposing sideline Saturday when the reigning national champion Bulldogs open the season against No.
AUBURN, Ala (AP) — Quarterback T.J. Finley will start Auburn's opener against Mercer, beating out two new transfers.
Auburn announced in a Twitter post Sunday that Finley won the job.
The one-time LSU starter had been battling former Oregon quarterback Robby Ashford and Texas A&M transfer Zach Calzada for the starting job.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is the first Heisman Trophy winner since 2017 to play another college season and he is trying to become just the second player to win the award twice.
It has been nearly half a century since Ohio State's Archie Griffin won back-to-back Heismans in 1974-75.
The last major change in the Pac-12 came with the addition of Colorado and Utah in 2011, an expansion met with excitement.
The latest bit of realignment feels a lot different.
UCLA and Southern California aren't leaving for the Big Ten until 2024, but there's already an uncomfortable air out West.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon first-year coach Dan Lanning isn't dropping any clues about his starting quarterback this season.
“If I felt like it gave us a competitive advantage to tell you, I would,” Lanning said.
The Associated Press preseason Top 25 college football poll presented by Regions Bank:
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Bo Nix has seen this all before.
A three-year starter at Auburn, Nix transferred to Oregon in the offseason and now finds himself in a competition at quarterback with young prospects Ty Thompson and Jay Butterfield.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Coaching changes in the Pac-12 are a given, but it is rare when it happens to three of the most recognizable programs in the conference.
Such is the case with Southern California, Oregon, and Washington, which have new coaches on the sideline this season.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Ducks tight end Spencer Webb has died after falling and striking his head on rock slides at a popular swimming lake near Eugene, Oregon, authorities said.
The 22-year-old who was expected to play his fifth football season at the University of Oregon this fall was found about 100 yards (91 meters) down a steep trail Wednesday afternoon at Triangle Lake.
Three huge matchups to kick off the college football season, the XFL, a new Australian Open agreement and two new “30 for 30” documentaries were announced Tuesday by ESPN as part of its presentation to advertisers in New York.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — T.J. Finley once again spent spring practice battling for a starting job he'd previously held as an injury fill-in.
The Auburn quarterback and onetime LSU starter faces challenges after the Tigers brought in three potential contenders during the offseason, including two Power Five transfers: former Texas A&M starter Zach Calzada and Oregon's Robby Ashford.
Miami is hiring Michigan offensive coordinator Josh Gattis to run new coach Mario Cristobal’s offense with the Hurricanes.
A person with knowledge of the deal told The Associated Press on Sunday that Gattis was leaving Michigan after three seasons to join Cristobal’s staff.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Lincoln Riley says he didn't — and couldn't — talk to Caleb Williams between the day the coach left Oklahoma and the day his once-and-future star quarterback entered the transfer portal five weeks later.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — Georgia has hired assistant coach Bryan McClendon to return to his alma mater less than a month after he took a job with Miami.
McClendon had been on new Hurricanes coach Mario Cristobal's staff at Oregon, and he followed Cristobal to Miami, taking a job early this month as receivers coach and co-offensive coordinator.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA football coach Chip Kelly agreed to a new four-year contract Friday after leading the Bruins to their best season since 2015.
The agreement came two days before the $9 million buyout on Kelly’s original contract would have expired.