Roundup: Is Stanford the next college football dynasty?
Ok sure, Alabama has won three of the last four national championships, but is Stanford college football’s next dynasty? Coming off an unexpected-at-the-beginning-of-the-season Rose Bowl victory and a preseason No. 4 ranking this year in the coaches’ poll, many think Stanford has what it takes to be a national title contender in 2013.
Very good to hear that Cal safety Avery Sebastian was released from the hospital Tuesday morning after suffering an injury at practice on Monday.
The injury news isn’t as positive up in Seattle, where Washington suffered its first big injury with Austin Seferian-Jenkins’ broken finger. He broke his pinkie on his right hand, thus putting his status for the season opener against Boise State in doubt.
We had a couple of quarterback competition links yesterday, and we’ll continue that theme this morning down in Tucson… with a bit of a twist. Who are Arizona’s top two quarterbacks? Maybe not who you think, writes Anthony Gimino. RichRod hasn’t exactly been complimentary of the quarterback play thus far in camp, and Nick Isham has been given props by the head honcho with a hard edge.
Christian Caple of The Spokesman-Review is beginning his Washington State football position previews, writing that there is no bad choice when it comes to the quarterback spot. Connor Halliday is the presumed starter, but Austin Apodaca has looked solid in camp and Tyler Bruggman is a very promising true freshman.
The quarterback competition isn’t the only position bout to keep an eye on around the conference, because Obum Gwacham and Richard Mullaney are battling to start at split end.
The season opener for Whittingham’s boys is merely 15 days away, so the Utes want the depth chart settled this weekend, with the commander-in-chief setting a deadline of Saturday to decide on the ongoing position battles.
In trying to find a suitable replacement for “The Mayor” Johnathan Franklin, the UCLA Bruins are seeking a running back who can do it all. While being a great ball-carrier is certainly a necessary trait, so is picking up a blitzing defender to keep the QB standing upright.
As his training camp roommate, USC’s Darreus Rogers is taking a cue from Marqise Lee, trying to soak up all of the Heisman contender’s knowledge. So far, so good: While Lee has been out of practice recently, Rogers has stepped in and made many a nice play.
The Pac-12 Networks crew was in Eugene to get footage for the Oregon football season preview, and while there, a camera caught De’Anthony Thomas dancing before practice. Whose moves do ya like more -- Black Mamba or Matt Barkley?
We still have three months-ish until the start of the college basketball season, but thanks to this video taken last week at the Adidas Nations Camp, Jahii Carson helps cure our hoops craving. He is currently with his fellow Sun Devils on a tour of China, and an amusing sign greeted Arizona State upon its arrival in Shanghai. Two links for Arizona State should suffice for today.
The new Colorado AD officially began his gig on Monday, and Rick George had a busy first day, starting at 7 a.m. Too early for my blood.
A couple of conference links for soccer: Three Pac-12 women’s soccer teams are ranked in the NSCAA preseason poll (Stanford No. 2, UCLA No. 5 and Cal No. 20), while UCLA and Washington hit the NSCAA men’s soccer preseason poll. The Bruin men are ninth, while the Husky men check in at 23.
Happy first birthday, Pac-12 Post link roundup. By my count, this is the 258th roundup in the history of Pac-12 Post-kind. Here’s a link to the first-ever roundup, in case you wanna take a trip down memory lane a bit.
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