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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

September 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Stanford slips by . . . anybody else vulnerable today?

Friday night on the Pac-12 Networks, Stanford began like it was going to blow out San Jose State but eventually had to have a defensive stand to turn back the Spartans, 20-17. The Cardinal was a 25.5-point favorite.

I’d love to be able to tell you acute detail of what happened, but alas, I’m among that legion of fans with DirecTV, unable to get Pac-12 Networks. But I guess, as a DirecTV spokesman implied this week in a statement, I should just be happy with the college football I am getting. So there.

Stanford took a 14-0 lead, saw the Spartans rally back into a 17-all tie, then got a field goal and shut down SJSU in the fourth quarter. First-year quarterback Josh Nunes was 16 of 26 for 125 yards and a touchdown, and coach David Shaw seemed pleased, saying, “He never flinched. He didn’t play like a first-year starter. I’m very proud of him.”

Now, anybody else at risk today in the other five Pac-12 games? Cal could get an argument from Nevada but I think will prevail comfortably, and who knows, Arizona, trying to work into Rich Rod’s new regime, could get tested by Toledo. And in the intrastate Colorado battle in Denver, the Buffaloes always encounter a feisty Colorado State team. (By the way, sorry for the early references to this being a Sunday game as it sometimes has in the past. It’s Saturday afternoon. Too many games to keep track of, I guess.)

Oregon State, of course, had its opener with Nicholls State wiped out by Hurricane Isaac. That’s tentatively rescheduled for the back end of the season.

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