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Pac-12 football notes: Oregon State eager to start season after delay
College football » But instead of pushover Nicholls State, Beavers get Wisconsin.
First Published Sep 04 2012 02:46 pm • Last Updated Dec 25 2012 11:31 pm

It’s been a long wait for Oregon State.

The Beavers, whose season opener against Nicholls State was canceled due to Hurricane Isaac, will finally get on the field Saturday against Wisconsin at Reser Stadium in Corvallis. Instead of a Football Championship Subdivision pushover, the Beavers will now open things with the No. 13 Badgers. Wisconsin struggled with FCS Northern Iowa last week, but beat Oregon State 35-0 last year at Camp Randall.

At a glance

BCS conferences: opening week

Some BCS conferences fared better in the opening week than others:

Conference Record Best win Worst performance

ACC 10-0 Virginia Tech 20, Georgia Tech 17 (OT) Maryland 7, William & Mary 6

Big XII 10-0 Baylor 59, SMU 24 None

Big East 5-2 Louisville 32, Kentucky 14 Youngstown State 31, Pitt 17

Big Ten 10-2 Northwestern 42, Syracuse 41 Ohio 24, Penn State 12

Pac-12 8-3 Washington 21, San Diego State 12 Colorado State 22, Colorado 17

SEC 10-2 Alabama 41, Michigan 14 Clemson 26, Auburn 19

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"I’ve been saying it’s as big a nonconference game as Oregon State has ever hosted," coach Mike Riley said.

Riley has admitted in the past to overscheduling — it opened with TCU, Louisville and Boise State two years ago — and this year seemed to have found more balance. Without Nicholls State, however, the Beavers will jump into the Pac-12 schedule against UCLA after playing Wisconsin.

Riley said the delay created the "world’s longest training camp."

The Beavers may yet get to play Nicholls State, however. Riley said the game has been tentatively rescheduled for Dec. 1 — assuming the Beavers don’t qualify for the Pac-12 championship game (assume away) and the Colonels don’t reach the FCS playoffs.

Redd debuts

Silas Redd fared a lot better last week than his former Penn State teammates.

While the Nittany Lions lost at home to the Ohio Bobcats, USC was running all over Hawaii, winning 49-10. And Redd, who left Penn State in the wake of NCAA sanctions that freed players to transfer and retain eligibility, had a strong debut, albeit not a wildly successful one.

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The running back rushed for 56 yards and had one catch for 41 yards.

"I though Silas did a good job mentally," USC coach Lane Kiffin said.

The flip side was Redd’s second-quarter fumble after a big third-down gain.

Last season with the Nittany Lions, Redd rushed for 1,241 yards and seven touchdowns. He will be the lead runner in what could be a crowded backfield for USC, with Curtis McNeal coming off a 1,000-yard season last year.

That was fast

The state of Arizona will likely have two of the best offenses in the Pac-12. They certainly did on opening weekend: Arizona State hung 63 points on FCS Northern Arizona, while Arizona accumulated 624 yards in a win against Toledo.

The funny thing is, one offense can be traced to the other.

Both Arizona State coach Todd Graham and Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez are in their first seasons at the school, but their shared history won’t begin on Nov. 23, when their teams play in Tucson. In 1993, Graham’s East Central University won an NAIA Division I title after beating Rodriguez-led Glenville State 49-35. Graham said his team had the country’s No. 1 defense, while Rodriguez coached the No. 1 offense, a rapid-moving spread similar to what both coaches use now. Graham used it as a learning opportunity.

"I was just fascinated by how difficult that fast pace was," Graham said.

Graham quickly implemented something similar, and it has become a staple of his own teams, while remaining consistent with Rodriguez’s.

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