Roundup: Stanford does it again
A dominant performance for 50 minutes turned into a squeaker down the stretch, but Stanford held off Oregon 26-20 to hand the Ducks their first loss of the season for the second year in a row. As Jeremy Fowler puts it, Stanford crushed Oregon’s title hopes with power football. After the win, Stanford players dressed up as nerds in the post-game presser (that’s Shayne Skove, A.J. Tarpley and Tyler Gaffney you see.) And kudos to Pac-12 Post blogger David Lombardi for that pic -- crushing it with retweets and favorites, yo.
On the other side of things, John Canzano writes that the Oregon Ducks and Marcus Mariota broke down at Stanford Stadium. Heart-wrenching embrace between Mariota and his father after the game; let’s hope he’s alright going forward. Still one of the best quarterbacks in college football. Here’s the post-game notebook from GoDucks.com.
Got a slate o’ four games for you this weekend, starting with USC’s trek up to Berkeley for a date with the Golden Bears (noon PT, FOX). The Trojans have gone 3-1 since the coaching change, and Ed Orgeron’s evolution could mean a future with USC football. He’s done a bang-up job thus far; good story from USA Today here.
The Cal football family will be going into this contest with heavy hearts, as former Cal football coach Ray Willsey died at the age of 85. Cal fans can also get a look at the USC Trojans offense, thanks to a preview from California Golden Blogs.
For our next kickoff, we travel to Salt Lake City for a pivotal Pac-12 South tilt between ASU and Utah (2 p.m. MT/1 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks). Todd Graham talks Utah preparations as his boys look to stay on top of the South, while over on the hardwood, Jahii Carson is poised to guide the Sun Devils back to the NCAA tournament.
That win against the Cardinal looks all the mo’ betta’ for the Utes now, and Utah is seeking a Stanford-type performance against Arizona State. Turnovers will be key for the Utes (the Stanford game is the only Pac-12 game in which the Utes have won the takeaway battle this season).
Washington can become the eighth Pac-12 school to get to six wins this year if it can take care of business at home against Colorado (5 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks). The media was introduced to freshman John Ross this week since Kasen Williams is out for the season, and Ross is eager to break out.
While the Buffs are struggling on the football field in Pac-12 play, the same won’t be said about men’s hoops team this year, and Boyle’s Buffs are ready to embark on a long journey. But yes, there is still football to be played, and Colorado can achieve bowl eligibility by winning three of its last four. If the Buffs are able to pull out some big wins down the stretch, it’ll probably be in large part due to their play-making wide receiver. Speaking of which, Paul Richardson is on the cusp of breaking two receiving records for the Buffs: most receiving yards and touchdowns in a season.
The Pac-12 North had its huge battle last night, and the Pac-12 South will have its day (or night) in the sun (or moon) at 8 p.m. MT/7 p.m. PT on ESPN when ‘Zona welcomes U...C….LLLLLLLLLL-A (U-C-L-A; fight-fight-fight!). It was a total beatdown in the Rose Bowl last year as the Bruins won running away 66-10, and now Arizona seeks revenge.
Hath been about a year since Damien Thigpen banged up his knee in that huge win over USC last season, but Thigpen is regaining his burst after tearing his ACL, as evidenced by a 5-yard touchdown run against the Buffs last weekend. Additionally, the college basketball season begins today, and here are five questions as UCLA enters the Steve Alford era, which begins with a date against Drexel tonight on the Pac-12 Networks (9 p.m. PT, a late one).
No football game for the Cougs this weekend, but Cougar basketball is ready to go. One guy who is taking this season to heart is D.J. Shelton, who has put the weight of the Cougars’ season on his shoulders, literally (as in he gained 26 pounds of muscle over the offseason).
No game on the gridiron for the Beavers this weekend either, so the Oregon State men’s basketball team is set for the regular-season opener against Coppin State at 5 p.m. on Sunday (Pac-12 Networks baby).