Roundup: Arizona's Wilma queen of the Pac-12 in preseason poll

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Arizona

Mascot time – Phil Steele ranks Wilma T. Wildcat 12th in his Capital One Mascot Challenge preseason rankings. Benny Beaver and Joe Bruin follow her up in 13th and 14th, respectively.

Washington

Hey, Washington football coach Chris Petersen is now on Twitter, and Adam Jude reports that the Huskies will hope to get a leg up in recruiting as a result. Don't expect him to tweet in the near future, though.

Utah

Utah football player Dominique Hatfield will play both wide receiver and cornerback this year, and the Salt Lake Tribune has a story on his background.

Stanford

Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey was named a national scholar-athlete award finalist Wednesday. The current freshman is one of 36 finalists; five winners (one from each region) will be announced the week of Oct. 9. Also, the Wall Street Journal published a chart showing every Power 5 head coach’s record against top 25 teams, and Stanford coach David Shaw has the best record at 14-4.

Oregon

Let’s hype up the hype, shall we? The consensus over at CBS Sports is that Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota will win the Heisman Trophy.

USC

Here’s USA Today’s USC football preview, as Paul Myerberg ranks the Trojans 13th in his college football countdown. Also, USC offensive lineman Khaliel Rodgers could be out for two weeks with a knee sprain, reports the LA Times.

Arizona State

If you ask Houston Rockets guard James Harden, James Harden is the “best all-around player in the NBA.” Can’t say he lacks for confidence. Also, here’s an Arizona State football practice report from Tuesday.

California

The San Francisco Chronicle examines Cal football’s defensive tackle situation, as Mustafa Jalil has recently been named a starter there. Sonny Dykes expects six guys to be in the mix at DT.

Washington State

While we’re in the vicinity of tackle, Jacob Thorpe previews the Washington State football defensive line. A lot of experience at that position.

Colorado

Colorado football player Ryan Severson should see more time at defense this year as a linebacker. Dude was Colorado’s lead kick returner last season as a true freshman (San Jose stand up).

Oregon State

It sounds like Oregon State wide receiver Rahmel Dockery has been doing work in practice since his return from injury (concussion).

UCLA

Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times provides us with a brief story on UCLA linebacker Kenny Orjioke and the difference between being a linebacker in high school and linebacker in college (just a slight jump in competition, I’d say).

Stanford

Here’s the Sports Illustrated Pac-12 football season preview. Lindsay Schnell puts it together for us and picks Oregon to beat UCLA in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game.

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