Roundup: State of Oregon takes center stage

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Oregon State

So there’s UCLA at Oregon and Stanford at Oregon State on Saturday. Sure looks like the state of Oregon is taking center stage this weekend. For the Beavers, last year’s loss to Stanford serves as motivation. The Beavs held a nine-point lead late in the third quarter of that game before dropping the contest 27-23.

Washington State

Washington State coach Mike Leach responded to the Nick Aliotti comments by saying, “I focus on my team” and that he doesn’t criticize other teams.

USC

The NCAA handed down its decision on the Miami case, and Pat Haden handed down his opinion on Miami’s sanctions handed down by the NCAA (loss of three scholarships each year over the next three years; no additional bowl ban).

California

Jared Goff or Zach Kline? Don’t ask the man in charge, because Sonny Dykes is not tipping his hand on the Cal quarterbacking situation. Open competition during practice this week between the two.

Washington

Washington head man Steve Sarkisian said there’s no decision yet on Keith Price’s availability against Cal after aggravating a thumb injury in the loss to Arizona State.

Oregon

Big Brother is watching you… in Eugene, Big Brother happens to be a giant pigeon spying on Oregon football practice. Wouldn’t happen to be a pigeon from Westwood who flew up to do some reconnaissance, would it?

UCLA

The Bruins are looking to move on after their first loss, and they better, because Oregon is on the horizon.

Stanford

Let’s get some coach speak with Stanford’s Lance Anderson, outside linebackers coach on The Farm. And, as tight as that catch was against UCLA, Barry Sanders is still a bigger online hit than Kodi Whitfield going by YouTube views of Sanders’ 16-yard catch-juke-and-run against the Cougs and Whitfield’s 30-yd TD grab against the Bruins.

Arizona

There’s usually a ton of praise that gets heaped at opponents in the week of lead-up to the game, and Mike MacIntyre called Ka’Deem Carey the best he’s seen in a long time. Remember what Carey did to Colorado last season? Buffs and 'Cats this weekend in Boulder, y’all.

Arizona State

The Forks don’t take the field till Halloween, and Arizona State sees the bye week as a time to heal but not rest. Chip Kelly once called ‘em improvement weeks -- can’t be caught slippin’, ya feel me?

Utah

Admitting that they didn’t come out with enough fire in the first half against Arizona, the Utes know they need a spark for the USC game.

Colorado

After doing some nice work against Charleston Southern last weekend, Colorado quarterback Sefo Liufau is ready for his first Pac-12 start.

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