Roundup: Rivalry time
It’s nothin’ but rivalries this week in the Pac-12, and the fun starts with the Apple Cup (12:30 p.m. PT, FOX). It’ll be a pleasure to watch Bishop Sankey do his thing for the Dawgs, and Gregg Bell writes that all-time UW greats say Sankey ranks among them.
Washington State AD Bill Moos wants to corner the market on “cool” in the Evergreen State, so the Apple Cup is another chance to boost Moos’ plan. So far, so good with these Cougs in 2013.
We got another North rivalry game for ya later this afternoon when the Quacks and Ducks take to Autzen Stadium at 4 p.m. on FOX Sports 1, and bowl positioning is at stake in the Civil War rivalry. If you’re at Autzen today and you get there early, you might see Oregon assistants Tom Osborne (special teams coordinator) and Tyler Osborne (undergraduate assistant) playing catch (they’re a father-son combo). And, as Rob Moseley details for us, a simple game of catch means the world to the Osborne family.
Ya know, it’s tough to mimic that Oregon quarterback in practice preparations, but Beaver frosh Kyle Kempt did his best Marcus Mariota impression this week as Oregon State’s scout-team quarterback.
The Saturday action gets kicked off with the Rumble in the Rockies (Colorado-Utah, noon MT/11 a.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks). Derrick Webb has never had the opportunity to experience a bowl game in a Buff uniform, and unfortunately never will, but the fifth-year senior Webb has stayed positive during trying times. Bonus link for ya, because it’s a really good story: The Buffs are making an impact on Josiah Speer’s life (an 11 year-old boy who has battled brain cancer for most of his life).
Like Derrick Webb, Trevor Reilly will be playing his last college football game, but he’s probably going to make a good bit of money on the gridiron next year as a projected second-round draft pick. That said, Reilly is not thinking about his future just yet. Also, the Utes want to go into the offseason on a positive note.
While it’s not a conference game, there is a good bit of tradition between Stanford and Notre Dame (4 p.m. on FOX), and the Cardinal is not looking forward or back vs. Notre Dame. David Lombardi details how to beat Notre Dame for Stanford fans on The Bootleg.
Battle: Los Angeles kicks off an hour later in the Coliseum (5 p.m., ABC), and Marcus Allen visited the Trojans’ final regular-season practice as the Men of Troy prepped for the Bruins.
On the other side, running back Damien Thigpen and corner Fabian Moreau are game-time decisions for UCLA. Also, a good read here about former UCLA standout Patrick Larimore still trying to get over post-concussion symptoms and helping others.
Last, but certainly not least, we got the Territorial Cup (6:30 p.m., Pac-12 Networks) in a game that will decide the site of the Pac-12 Football Championship Game next Saturday. After reading this article, I realized I have one thing in common with ASU’s Carl Bradford: We both watched wrestling growing up. Athletically between the two of us, however, there are absolutely zero similarities, because the defensive stalwart Bradford uses superior athleticism to dominate, while the best I can do is jack up threes at a local park. Think you’re a true-blue Arizona or Arizona State fan? Then take your shot at some Territorial Cup trivia.
Not too many people know the Territorial Cup better than Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen, and he reflects back on the 1989 ASU football jerseys (all gold e’rythang). I think they’re pretty cool, but former Wildcat linebacker Chris Singleton said the Sun Devils looked “like a bunch of bananas” (didn’t help the Forks; Arizona won that game 28-10). Getting down to the nitty-gritty of the game, y’all need to beware of the fourth-quarter comeback. Six times in the last 19 games between these two schools has one team blown a double-digit fourth-quarter lead.
The football season is over for Cal, which made it a good time for Jared Goff to have successful surgery on his right shoulder.