Jack Follman’s Simulated 2020 Pac-12 Football Season, Pt. 2

Follman's take on how the Conference games—as originally scheduled—would have played out

Posted on August 21, 2020

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  By Jack Follman, SportsPac12

T he matchups of weeks zero and one played out pretty much as expected, with OSU and USC logging the only losses.

Pac-12 play begins in this Week Two/Week Three simulated stretch with a pair of Conference tilts, both featuring Stanford: First at Arizona, and then at home against the Trojans.

The biggest matchup sees Ohio State visiting Autzen in one of the most anticipated games of the season. Can the Ducks pull off another major upset on their home turf and catapult themselves into the National Championship conversation?

Don’t forget to check out the updated simulated Pac-12 standings at the bottom. And let me know what you think. Remember, these are just my opinions, and I would love to debate and talk about any or all of my picks on Twitter (follow @JackFollman to play along).



 


Week Two (September 12)

 

 

Arizona State at UNLV

Series History: Sun Devils trail 0-1 (2008)

Arizona State 45, UNLV 24

 

 

Cal Poly at Cal

Series History: First meeting.

Cal 45, Cal Poly 0

 

 

Fresno State at Colorado

Series History: Buffs lead 4-2.

Colorado 35, Fresno State 27

 

 

Ohio State at Oregon

Series History: Ducks trail 0-9.

Ohio State 38, Oregon 28

 

The Ducks welcome what should be the nation’s top-ranked team into Autzen. Oregon has a good enough defense to frustrate Justin Fields and the Buckeye offense a bit at home, but Ohio State’s O is like none other the Ducks saw last year, and they aren’t able to keep up with Fields and Company in the end.

 



 

Colorado State at Oregon State

Series History: Beavers trial 2-1.

Oregon State 49, Colorado State 20

 

 

Stanford at Arizona

Series History: Cardinal leads 17-14.

Stanford 27, Arizona 24

 

The Pac-12 season opens with a tight matchup between two teams who desperately need a win here if they want to get to a bowl game. Stanford has just a little bit more consistency in their run game and on defense to power out a close win and start 1-0 in conference play.

 

 

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New Mexico at USC

Series History: First meeting.

USC 63, New Mexico 21

 

 

Montana State at Utah

Series History: First meting.

Utah 42, Montana State 7

 

 

Sacramento State at Washington

Series History: Huskies lead 1-0 (2015).

Washington 38, Sacramento State 6

 

 

Houston at Washington State

Series History: WSU leads 3-1.

Washington State 31, Houston 24

 

 


Week 3 (September 19)

 

 

 Arizona at Texas Tech

Series History: Wildcats trail 26-5.

Texas Tech 38, Arizona 34

 

The Wildcats take on a Big 12 team that is comparable to them, and an offensive slugfest unfolds with the home team getting the advantage, thanks to a last-second game-winning touchdown.

 

 

BYU at Arizona State

 Series History: Sun Devils lead 20-7.

Arizona State 34, BYU 24

 

 

Colorado at Texas A&M

Series History: Buffs lead 6-3.

Texas A&M 41, Colorado 23

 

 

 Hawaii at Oregon

Series History: Ducks lead 4-3.

Oregon 49, Hawaii 3

 

 

 Portland State at Oregon State

Series History: Beavers lead 2-0.

Oregon State 69, Portland State 7

 

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USC at Stanford

Series History: Trojans lead 62-33-3.

USC 35, Stanford 21

 

Stanford puts up some fight against the Trojans to show that they can climb back up the Pac-12 ladder. But the Trojan air raid is just too strong and USC’s playmakers on defense hold down a Stanford offense that is still young and limited in a game they take over in the second half.

 

 

UCLA at San Diego State

Series History: Bruins leads 21-1-1.

UCLA 28, San Diego State 27

 

UCLA redeems the Pac-12 and shakes off their struggles over San Diego State with a tight road win with some clutch play by Dorian Thompson-Robinson and the Bruin defense.

 

 

Utah at Wyoming

Series History: Utes lead 51-32-1.

Utah 38, Wyoming 10

 

 

 Utah State at Washington

Series History: Huskies lead 3-0.

Washington 31, Utah State 13

 

 

Idaho at Washington State

Series History: Cougars lead 72-16-3.

Washington State 52, Idaho 10

 

 


Week 2/3 Simulated 2020 Pac-12 Standings

North Division
TeamConfOverallHomeAway
Stanford1-12-11-12-0
California3-02-01-0
WSU3-02-01-0
Washington3-03-0
Oregon2-12-1
OSU2-12-00-1
South Division
TeamConfOverallHomeAway
USC1-02-11-01-1
ASU3-02-01-0
UCLA3-01-02-0
Utah3-02-01-0
Arizona0-12-12-00-1
Colorado2-11-01-1

You’ll find Part One of Jack Follman’s Simulated Season here.






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