AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — A Southern California-Texas rematch was supposed to be an early-season blockbuster. But both programs are already struggling. Now it feels more like a fight for survival, and the pressure is mounting to get a win to keep their seasons from spinning off course. The Trojans and Longhorns meet Saturday night with both teams facing questions about their quarterbacks and how nervous fans would react to another loss.
UNDATED (AP) — Huskies coach Chris Petersen knew the opening month of the season for No. 10 Washington could end up being quite challenging. The opener against Auburn was a given. Now the Huskies open Pac-12 play Saturday night at Utah, an opponent that has given Washington fits in recent seasons.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — San Diego State coach Rocky Long has reason to be concerned going against Herm Edwards’ 23rd-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils. Chief among them is that the Sun Devils know the Aztecs’ defensive hand signals. Edwards hired away Aztecs defensive coordinator Danny Gonzales to serve in the same role with the Sun Devils.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The challenge for No. 20 Oregon is to not look past San Jose State this Saturday in preparing for Stanford next weekend. It may not be easy given the mismatch. San Jose is 0-2 with losses to FCS-level UC Davis and to Washington State.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Chip Kelly is 0-2 for the first time in his college coaching career. Kelly’s task of getting his first win at UCLA doesn’t get any easier on Saturday when it hosts Fresno State at the Rose Bowl. UCLA is trying to avoid its first 0-3 start since 1971, when it went 2-7-1. The last time the Bruins were winless after three games was 198.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — No. 9 Stanford will be without running back Bryce Love when it faces UC Davis on Saturday. Love apparently suffered an undisclosed injury late in the win against USC last week. The Aggies are scoring 49 points and averaging more than 500 yards of offense. But they’re also allowing nearly 30 points and more than 430 yards.
UNDATED (AP) — Oregon State will try to turn its victory last weekend into a streak of sorts when the team visits Nevada on Saturday. The Beavers’ confidence has no doubt been boosted by a 48-25 victory last week against Southern Utah. The win broke an 11-game losing streak dating back to last season.
UNDATED (AP) — Washington State didn’t fare so well the last time it hosted its challenging neighbor Eastern Washington. The FCS school upset the Cougars 45-42 on their home field in 2016. Both are rolling at 2-0 as they prepare to meet in Pullman again on Saturday.