Roundup: OSU at tOSU in 2018
The Big Ten/Pac-12 battles are increasing in number, as Oregon State football will play at Ohio State in 2018, the schools announced Thursday. The Beavers have never shied away from tough non-conference roadies, with games at Penn State and LSU in the past and a date at the Big House (Michigan) next year.
To follow up on Wednesday’s big story, John Marshall of the Associated Press writes that Arizona State offensive lineman Chip Sarafin is getting a lot of support after coming out publicly and is surprised at the amount of attention his announcement has received.
Utah will scrimmage again on Saturday, making it a huge day for quarterbacks Travis Wilson and Kendal Thompson. As of now, Whittingham says the starting QB gig is up for grabs.
USC quarterback Cody Kessler is on the Manning Award watch list, along with Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, Sean Mannion, Taylor Kelly, Kevin Hogan and Connor Halliday. This award goes to the top QB in college football.
California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom wants reform at Cal and other University of California and California State University schools, wanting the ADs at these schools to place a greater emphasis on academic success. He sent letters to the heads of the UC and CSU systems this week expressing his sentiments, using Cal as an example. Thanks to Kyle Bonagura for breaking it down.
A tad late on this, but Arizona football coach Rich Rodriguez spoke out against an NCAA rule concerning how giving a walk-on player a scholarship counts towards the team’s scholarship limit. As it is right now, if a walk-on is awarded a scholie within his first two years, that scholarship counts towards the limit of 25 for the incoming recruiting class; if he is awarded the scholarship as a junior or senior, then it just counts towards the 85 overall total.
Chantel Jennings looks at previous Heisman Trophy winners to see what historical trends would say about Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota’s chances of winning the Heisman. Also some sad news to share: former Oregon volleyball volunteer assistant coach Matt Hartner passed away Wednesday. He was 30 years old.
Jon Wilner cooks up this piece about Stanford linebacker A.J. Tarpley stepping into a leadership role now that Shayne Skov is gone. It’s a big presence to replace, but Tarpley has prepared himself for this moment since he first stepped foot on The Farm, he says.
There have been some pretty impressive dudes in the second level of the Bruins’ defense lately, and UCLA linebacker Kenny Young could be the next big thing at that position for Mora and Friends, writes Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times. Myles Jack is raving about the dude.
While Yam and Rick were in Boulder for the Pac-12 Networks’ training camp show on the Buffs, they caught up with Colorado wide receivers Bryce Bobo and D.D. Goodson. Gotta love the hairdo Bobo’s rockin’ these days (‘preciate the link, Tyson Winter).
Mason Kelley of GoHuskies.com tells us that Washington defensive backs coach Jimmy Lake drives his boat to work and has even given Chris Petersen a lift.
Oooh fancy – check out the Washington State iPad playbooks.