Behind Stanford and Oregon, Pac-12 up in the air

By Bob Baum

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 13 2011 6:11 p.m. MDT

After beating Nevada 69-20, Oregon (1-1) is at home against Missouri State (0-2). That's a long drop in level of competition from the Ducks' season-opening loss to LSU. Coach Chip Kelly said Oregon was supposed to play Utah, but that game was cancelled when the Utes joined the conference.

"We were scrambling to find someone," he said. "... We like playing big-time games — at Tennessee, at Boise, LSU. The Catch 22 a lot of times is you can't get quality opponents to come to your own stadium. Not a lot of people want to play in Autzen Stadium. We'll play anybody, but I don't want to play every game on the road, either."

California plays Presbyterian (1-1) at AT&T Park, home of baseball's San Francisco Giants. The Bears' stadium is under renovation.

Washington State, coming off a superb performance by backup quarterback Marshall Lobbestael in a 59-7 rout of UNLV, is at San Diego State (2-0). USC is home against Syracuse (2-0). Oregon State (0-2) has a bye as coach Mike Riley vows to bring an end to his two-quarterback system.

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