Roundup: Siri is an Oregon State fan
It looks like artificial intelligence is backing the Beavs this year, because Siri is an Oregon State fan.
Here’s a little love for the Conference of Champions from ESPN’s Pac-12 Blog, as Ted Miller asks “Is the Pac-12 ready for its close-up?” Could this be the year the Pac dethrones the SEC for the BCS national championship?
If you missed the Stanford Football Training Camp show last night on the Networks, here’s a little bit about David Shaw getting Stanford mentally prepared for the season. There’s also a new play-by-play guy for Cardinal football and men’s basketball: Scott Reiss is the new voice of Stanford. He graduated from The Farm in ’93 and is a veteran broadcaster who has worked for ESPN, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area and others.
There’s a new offensive coordinator and new play-caller in Eugene, as Scott Frost is out to keep Oregon’s offense humming in 2013. Plenty of tools to work with.
Trying to get closer to 300, Tyler Sulka is putting on the pounds for a starting job on the Arizona State offensive line. He came into Tempe at 255 back in 2010 and is currently listed at 289 on the online roster.
While Connor Wood has been running the first-team offense, Mike MacIntyre is not ready to name a starting quarterback in Boulder just yet because Sefo Liufau has looked good as well, making some nice plays in Saturday’s scrimmage. Your other contenders are Jordan Gehrke and Stevie Joe Dorman.
It sure doesn’t look like anybody is going to take Travis Wilson’s starting job in Salt Lake City, but Adam Schulz is all alone as Utah’s No. 2 QB -- for now, that is. The backup QB won the No. 2 job as a result of completing 70 percent of his passes in fall camp and wants to continue pushing Wilson.
Cool story here from Adam Jude of the Seattle Times about Kasen Williams and Marcus Peters pushing each other from opposite sides of the ball. The wide receiver and cornerback line up against each other pretty much every play in practice and have been friends since they were roommates as freshmen (they are both in their third year now -- Williams as a junior and Peters as a redshirt sophomore).
Cal women’s basketball is in China (#BearsInChina, ya feel me?), and the Golden Bears visited the Silk Market in Shanghai on Wednesday. Lots of haggling was had.
Kevin Nebeker made the #SCTop10 with his three-quarter-court flip shot, but Andy Glockner of Sports Illustrated ponders which is the better flipping cheerleader three: Washington State or William Carey? Both shots are attached in the article so you can decide for yourself.
Here’s a nice one-on-one with Steve Alford, presented to you by independent hoops blog Rush the Court. This is also a couple of days old now, but UCLA men’s soccer is picked to win the Pac-12 again. The Bru Cru have won eight of the conference’s 13 titles in men’s soccer history. The rest of the poll is as follows: Washington second, Stanford third, Cal fourth, San Diego State fifth and Oregon State sixth.
Time for another Olympic sport preseason poll, and this one is really a no-brainer: USC men’s water polo is picked to win the MPSF as the squad looks to win its sixth consecutive national championship. However, Stanford is breathing right down their necks this year, as the Card received 60 voting points to the Trojans’ 61.
Hath been too long since our last volleyball link, so let’s bring it back with “Superfly” kin bringing energy to the Wildcats. We’re talking about Arizona setter Penina Snuka, whose grandfather is WWE Hall of Famer Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka (and if you didn’t know that, your behind better call somebody… or just read the linked article).
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