Anthony Cassino, UW Dawg Pound: UW vs Boise State. The opening of the renovated Husky Stadium, a rematch of the Las Vegas Bowl, and it's the opening weekend of college football which has been away for far too long.
Chris Landon, UW Dawg Pound: Of course, UW vs Boise State is exciting because of the opening of the new stadium and the fact that a win propels UW into the top 25. However, I'm most interested in WSU vs Auburn. The game will give us a hint as to how much improvement WSU made over the offseason (and I'm on record as saying that WSU will be a bit of surprise performer in 2013) and it will also serve as a measuring stick between the bottom halves of the P12 and SEC conferences.
Jon Woods, Ralphie Report: A lot of my answers are going to be CU-focused because that's who I cover, but if I am choosing something other than the Buffs opener I would go with Arizona State at Notre Dame. There aren't a lot of really great match-ups this season, but that game should be an interesting litmus test for both teams.
Jack Follman, Pacific Takes: The immediate rematch of the Las Vegas Bowl on opening Saturday with Boise State at Washington. Has there ever been back-to-back non-conference games for a Pac-12 team in the modern era? Along with that, this one has two evenly matched teams with similar styles, the grand opening of the new-and-improved Husky Stadium and a Boise State team that always brings it when they play out-of-conference. On top of that,this is one of the most pivotal games in Steve Sarkisian's tenure at Washington, so there is a ton on the line.
Phil Fraser, Ralphie Report: Tennessee/ Oregon, because I like watching the SEC get trampled. For once.
Kurt Sahr, Building the Dam: UCLA @ Nebraska. There's a lot of questions in my head about how good both of these teams are, and I think this game could tell us a lot about both. A win here will be huge in establishing the Pac-12's credibility as the second best conference this year, which could prove important come BCS selection time.
Every other OOC marquee matchup in the Pac-12 involves Notre Dame, and I don't enjoy watching Notre Dame. I think Ohio State @ Cal also has a sneaky chance to be a very good game.
nds500 (Noah), Addicted to Quack: Cal/Northwestern. An opportunity for a bottom of the conference team to make a statement against a ranked team from another big conference. Cal has a lot of talent, is playing at home, and I think Sonny Dykes is the real deal, so a win here would not surprise me.
Jeff Nusser, CougCenter: UW hosting Boise State. Because I have a genuine morbid interest in how Washington fans would react to losing to the Broncos for the second time in two games on the day their jewel of a stadium is unveiled to the public. The meltdowns that would ensue from their fan base (which surrounds me where I live) would be high entertainment.
David Piper, Addicted to Quack: Besides the Oregon games, obviously, I am really looking forward to Boise State-Washington. Not only is this the best Pac-12 game of the opening weekend, but it will set the tone for Washington's entire season. If the offensive line looks solid, and Keith Price looks like the Keith Price of two years ago, Washington may be ready to make their jump in the Pac-12. If they open their new palace with a loss, the legend of Seven Win Sark continues for another season, and you have to start wondering whether he's the right guy.
Jason Bartel, AZ Desert Swarm: Oregon at Virginia. Outside of the Notre Dame games, seems like the biggest game to show the strength of the conference.
Connor Pelton, Building the Dam: Too many of them to choose, so I'll go a little off the beaten path. I love the Ohio State-California matchup in week three. The Golden Bears nearly completed a wild comeback in Columbus last season and now they get the second best team in the nation on their home turf to complete its non-conference slate. I don't exactly expect Cal to have a great season, but this will be a fun one to watch with a charged up crowd behind them.
What Pac-12 OOC game are you most looking forward to and why? Discuss!