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"The origin of me doing it comes back to that game," Graham said, "and everywhere I’ve been we’ve been a fast-paced, no-huddle team."

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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Cal cautious

Matching results against expectations, Cal arguably had the worst week of any Pac-12 team. Debuting at home in a remodeled Memorial Stadium, the Golden Bears lost 31-24 to Nevada.

Now, Cal, with coach Jeff Tedford considered to be on the hot seat, will look for its first win of the season against Southern Utah, an FCS team that it should have no trouble dispatching. However, Tedford spoke highly and cautiously of the Thunderbirds, who lost to Utah State 34-3 last week.

"They have a lot of good players on their team," Tedford said. "They have a great quarterback [Brad Sorensen] who can throw it all over the yard."

It will be Southern Utah’s first matchup with a Pac-12 team, but, Tedford said, "We’re in no position to overlook anyone after losing last week."




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