The Pac-12 had an impressive non-conference run with notable wins over Illinois, Nebraska, Oklahoma State and Wisconsin.
Five conference members are ranked in this week’s Associated Press poll.
And then there are the Buffs. At least for one more day they are tied for first place in the South Division.
Here’s a quick look at last week’s results and predictions for five Pac-12 openers:
Washington State at UNLV
My prediction: Cougars pull out a 24-20 road win. Actual outcome: Cougars held on for a 35-27 road win.
Cal at Ohio State
My prediction: Bears get boat raced, 41-17. Actual outcome: Bears beaten at the wire, 35-28.
Tennessee Tech at Oregon
My prediction: Ducks in a laugher, 63-16. Actual outcome: Ducks in a laugher, 63-14.
Portland State at Washington
My prediction: Huskies get back on track, 34-20. Actual outcome: Huskies really got back on track, 52-13.
Arizona State at Missouri
My prediction: Sun Devils lose a tough one in “SEC country,” 31-30. Actual outcome: Sun Devils lost a tough one to the Tigers formerly of the Big 12, 24-20.
BYU at Utah
My prediction: Utes rise up and win Holy War, 27-25. Actual outcome: Cougars let Holy War slip away, 24-21.
South Carolina State at Arizona
My prediction: Wildcats go through the motions and win, 33-13. Actual outcome: Wildcats made another statement with 56-0 romp.
Houston at UCLA
My prediction: Bruins give Houston a problem, 36-16. Actual outcome: Bruins gave Houston a problem, 37-6.
USC at Stanford
My prediction: Trojans finally beat Stanford, 34-24. Actual outcome: Trojans lose to Stanford again, 21-14.
Colorado at Fresno State
My prediction: Bulldogs by 17 (37-20). Actual outcome: Bulldogs by 55 (69-14).
Now let’s get into some Pac-12 football.
Oregon State (1-0) at No. 19 UCLA (3-0) at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena (1:30 p.m., ABC/ESPN2).
The Beavers have only played one game, although it was a win over Wisconsin. The Bruins have come too far, too fast to lose the conference opener at home. UCLA prevails, 23-17.
Cal (1-2) at No. 13 USC (2-1) at the L.A. Coliseum in Los Angeles (4 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
Lane Kiffin is cracking. But the Trojans still have too much talent to fall to 0-2 in conference play. USC wins, 31-20.
Utah (2-1) at Arizona State (2-1) at Sun Devil Stadium in Tempe (8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
A huge South Division showdown for both programs. The Utes pull off a minor upset, 27-24.
No. 22 Arizona (3-0) at No. 3 Oregon (3-0) at Autzen Stadium in Eugene (8:30 p.m., ESPN)
Rich Rodriguez doesn’t have enough depth or speed to run with Chip Kelly, especially at Autzen Stadium. Ducks make a statement, 48-28.
Colorado (0-3) at Washington State (2-1) at Martin Stadium in Pullman (2 p.m., FX)
This is the best chance the Buffs have for a win, at least on paper. The Cougars have to have this one to make a bowl game and beat CU 45-24.
Idle: No. 9 Stanford (3-0) and Washington (2-1). The Cardinal and Huskies meet next Thursday in Seattle.
My season record: 26-7 (.788)