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Quick hitters: Observations from Week 1

LOS ANGELES -- They're only college football opinions, but at least they're all mine:

If I were Washington State this week, I’d be very concerned about USC’s Marqise Lee. There is no way someone as gifted as Lee will have two bad games in a row ...

That transition from linebacker to safety certainly didn’t seem to bother the Trojans’ Dion Bailey, who was all over the field in Hawaii ...

Yes, times definitely have changed. Not long ago, USC, playing at home, would have been favored by 28 or 30 points over Washington State. This week’s line opened at 15 ...

Freshman Justin Davis was USC’s most exciting runner in Hawaii, but often overlooked tailback Javorius “Buck” Allen made the single most impressive power run in that game. If nothing else, Allen should be considered as the main back in short yardage situations ...

I still think Washington State’s quotable/quirky Mike Leach is the coach with whom it would be most fun to sit down and have a beer ...

As good as I thought UCLA’s Brett Hundley was heading into that opener against Nevada, I now think he is even better. The kid is destined to be the best Bruins’ quarterback in a loooong time ...

That was a huge opening blowout win for Washington over Boise State, especially with talented quarterback Keith Price apparently playing like he did in 2011 ...

Some people said he was sick. Others just said he was disinterested. Whatever the reason, South Carolina’s Jadeveon Clowney was a major disappointment against North Carolina. I’ve heard of taking plays off, but this guy basically took the game off ...

So I guess, after all that happened this summer, Johnny Manziel didn’t expect opposing players to talk some trash to him. Uh, Johnny, you ain’t heard nothing yet. Wait until you play Alabama ...

You have to give him this, though: In the short period he played, Johnny Football was as exciting as ever to watch ...

Speaking of exciting, how about Florida State’s Jameis Winston? You can’t have a redshirt freshman quarterback play any better than that. Maybe he really is this year’s Manziel ...

For whatever reason, Oregon State always seems to get off to slow starts under Mike Riley. Don’t be fooled, though. The Beavers also always seem to get better as the season moves along ...

I’ll say this much for Clemson: That’s what you call basic home field advantage. Not that Tajh Boyd and Co. didn’t deserve to win that game against Georgia. Because they did ...

Everybody is trying to be Oregon now. UCLA will soon be seen in its new black uniforms. Yes, black. Call me a traditionalist, but I’ve always preferred seeing teams dressed in their school colors ...

I know San Jose State always plays Stanford tough. I just don’t think that will be the case on Saturday ...

Another college running back who didn’t receive enough preseason hype is Georgia’s Todd Gurley. That guy definitely will be playing on Sundays in the future ...

There’s absolutely no truth to the rumor that the kid with the best name in college football, Alabama’s Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, just plays the game for laughs ...