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The Pac-12 kicked off the 2013 season last night in Hawaii and Salt Lake City. First off, Lane Kiffin waited all off-season and even into week one to make a decision on who is quarterback is going to be and that's what we got?
Max Wittek and Cody Kessler were less than impressive. In fact, they were so pedestrian that if you are Max Browne out of Skyline you have to be asking Kiffin what he has to do to get on the field and compete for the job.
USC, especially their offense was slow, un-athletic and lacked any type of explosion, minus Marqise Lee. On top of that, Kiffin has this reputation of an offfensive mastermind, but his offense has no imagination.
I did chuckle last night when everyone was praising new defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast and the amazing turnaround he has performed on the Trojans defense.
We all did notice that they were playing....Hawaii...right? A team that literally had a thousand injuries dispersed over their whole team and they started a quarterback who hadn't taken a live snap in a game in FOUR years! I sure hope USC's defense looked good last night, because they were kinda expected to look pretty good against a high school offense.
If USC continues to play like that then it will be a pretty easy decision for AD Pat Hayden at the end of the season on the fate of Kiffin.
Meanwhile, in Salt Lake City, a terrific game took place between the Utes and Utah State. Really, the story was Aggies quarterback Chuckie Keeton. The junior threw for 314 yards on 31-of-40 passing, two touchdowns and ran for 85 yards on 15 carries.
After the game, Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, who talked extensivley in the off-season about improving the offense and the running game, probably forgot to address his defense and their inability to slow down a Utah State offense that would be average in the Pac-12.
Utah did rush for 148 yards in the game, but if you watched the game it never seemed like they ever found a rhythm, but I don't think it was the most pressing issue following the game like Whittingham made it out to be.
The most pressing issue from the game last night was Utah's defense not slowing down Utah State. 487 total yards given up. Utah State is fine football team, but Utah is going to see plenty of better offenses in the Pac-12 than Utah State. What was especially alarming for Utah was the fact that their defensive backs never looked like they were in position to ever make a play on the ball - Utah State receivers were running wide open all over the place.
Anyways, it's just the first two game of the season and the most important thing is both came away with wins. We get Arizona tonight and then we get to see everyone else tomorrow, minus ASU and Stanford.
College football is back. Thank god.