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    [2022] Week 0/1 Superlatives -- PAC-12

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    The best of the best around the Conference in Week 0/1



    Best Win -- Washington over #23 Minnesota 

    The Huskies travelled to Minneapolis to take on a loaded Golden Gophers team, albeit starting some new parts, and emerged with a 38-33 win following a dramatic 21-pt 4th quarter. The Huskies were very good on 3rd down (7/13) and Jake Davis out-dueled Robert Lynch with 375 yards and 3 touchdowns. Minnesota has it's eyes on the B1G West title, and for the Dawgs to show up and show out like that is a huge boon for the Conference. 




    Best Performance by a Quarterback -- Mike Naylor, Colorado 

    There were so many to choose from: Bradley Hassan was up to his old tricks, Jake Davis was stellar, Marc Lockwood and Jason Baum had very solid season debuts, and even Eli Sherrill (that's Oregon State's QB, for all you haters...) had a fantastic game in the win over Kent State. Mike Naylor, however, put up video game numbers in the Buffs gigantic win over in-state rival Colorado State: 21 of 27 for 229 yards and 2 TDs passing, plus 7 rushes for 126 yards and 2 TDs on the ground, including a 61 yard dash for a score. That's 18 yards a carry for those scoring at home. Holy schnikes! Naylor, a (FR) from West Covina, CA is already a 4/4, like Hassan was last season as a (FR), and looks to be the man behind center in Boulder for a long time. 




    Most Poop-Inducing DLine Performance -- Arizona's "T + T" Duo

    Good edge rushers give Offensive Coordinators and Quarterbacks nightmares. Arizona has a pair of good ones in Tyler Toney and Tyriek Humphrey. Toney had 5 tkls, 3 TFLs, and 2 sacks against SJSU, while Humphrey (possibly the more ballyhooed of the two) had 2/1 and 2 sacks also. Granted, San Jose does not have a PAC-caliber OLine, but this was a foretaste of the feast to come for these two QB-eaters. 




    Best Performances by True Freshman -- FS Raekwon Rowe (USC) + TE Jack Booth (Oregon)

    Nine catches for 104 yards and a TD by Jack Booth was very nice for Oregon in the big win over CAL. And that's to be somewhat expected out of the the country's #1 TE recruit. Booth is an über-stud and will be a big part of the Oregon passing game for all three years he's on campus (:ninja:). But USC's Rowe had a very nice game against Notre Dame--3 tackles and a pick. Not bad for a 2.5/3.5 true frosh from De La Salle. Coach Jumbo must be beside himself with glee, getting that kind of production from such a dice-roll. 




    Best Chance to Start 2-0 -- USC Trojans (@ Liberty in Week 2)

    Coming off a very nice win over the Golden Domers in Week 0, Jumbo's Trojans head to Liberty University to build houses for the homeless play a football game. This is going to get ugly, and with a quickness. Look for Lockwood and Charles Bowser to both go over 100 yards on the ground, and for Nate Garrett to potentially tackle Liberty's President, AND all their running backs. On the other side of the coin, a couple schools have very difficult upcoming opponents: Stanford opens their season with a new coach and at #13 San Diego State; while Arizona State opens things up at #14 Ohio State in a huge battle of top class RBs. Arizona hosts #25 Nevada in a big game for the Southwest region, and Oregon hosts South Carolina, who will be breaking in a new quarterback after 4 years of Milo Condon. 




    Best Situation for Freshman QB -- Aaron Harden (UCLA)

    Harden had an up and down game at #6 Oklahoma State as the Bruins held firm. Harden threw for 3 TDs but added 2 picks in a slightly inefficient performance. However, no one is set up with a group of receivers quite like Harden: Noah Tumaalii, Ronan Humphreys, and Nico Mahan are really special talents catching the football and should ease the transition for UCLA, who won't face anyone else quite as good as the Cowboys this season. If only some of UCLA's beastly linemen from 2021 were still around to protect the young Harden, he would truly be in a dream scenario. 


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