Roundup: Washington can elevate Pac-12 to 3-1 in bowls
The Pac-12 gets back on the gridiron when the Dawgs take on BYU in San Francisco for the Fight Hunger Bowl on Friday (6:30 p.m. PT, ESPN). It’s only right to leave our link in the hands of the Unleashed One, Gregg Bell, who writes that finally, the Huskies get back to football after a busy December off the field. Good game preview here, but what else would you expect from Bell by now?
Sounds like all the moving parts out of Seattle aren’t done quite yet, because CBS Sports is reporting that Justin Wilcox will become the new defensive coordinator at USC and will be officially announced as such after the Huskies play tonight in their bowl game. Wilcox spent the last two years at U-Dub with Sark, and it sounds like he’s following him down to LA.
Former Golden Bear Nnamdi Asomugha will officially retire as an Oakland Raider today in a presser at the team’s headquarters. The man was a three-time pro-bowler for the Silver and Black and had a big fan in this blogger as a youngster growing up.
If you saw about 200 big dudes at Disneyland yesterday, then you already know that Michigan State and Stanford have started Rose Bowl week.
We linked to the possibility of this yesterday, but now it’s official: Arizona State and Texas Tech have agreed on a future football series for 2016 (Tempe) and 2017 (Lubbock). But of course, you only need to wait three days now to see them face off in the Holiday Bowl.
More scheduling news, this time on the hardwood: Colorado men’s basketball will play at the 2014 Hawaiian Diamond Head Classic. Oregon State just wrapped up play there, going 1-2 in its three games.
CBS Sports' Eye on College Basketball staff tells us that Oregon’s backcourt has emerged, further writing that the Ducks have "the deepest perimeter in college basketball."
With a bowl victory in its hip pocket, let’s take an early look at 2014 for Oregon State football. Some big decisions coming up for Brandin Cooks (great story on him from last week), Scott Crichton and Sean Mannion.
Anthony Barr had a great 2012, but turned down the allure of the NFL for one more season at the Rose Bowl. With another great season under his belt in 2013, Barr’s decision to come back to UCLA should pay big returns as he certainly moved himself up draft boards.
Athlon Sports gave the Cougs some love in its early predictions for 2014, and it has CougCenter asking whether or not the Cougars are a top-50 team in 2014. That’d put ya around seven or eight wins for next year at the very least.
There’s a new offensive coordinator in Salt Lake City (Dennis Erickson is staying on as running backs coach, while Brian Johnson will coach the QBs still), and Dirk Facer of the Deseret News talked with Dave Christensen about becoming the Utes’ new offensive coordinator. He spent the last five years as a head coach at Wyoming.
Raphielle Johnson of CollegeBasketballTalk has some more New Year’s resolutions, this time for the Arizona Wildcats.