Roundup: CFP ramifications abound in Oregon-Michigan State
Big game this week in Eugene… how big? Well Sports Illustrated’s Thayer Evans says there are plenty of College Football Playoff ramifications in the Oregon-Michigan State game not just for the Ducks and Spartans, but for their respective leagues as well.
As expected after a subpar opener for the Dawgs’ offense, Cyler Miles will start at quarterback for Washington against Eastern Washington.
CBS Sports has named UCLA linebacker Eric Kendricks its defensive player of the week for a 16-tackle, pick-six performance against Virginia Saturday (he also forced a fumble). CBS Sports also calls Utah wide receiver Kaelin Clay the specialist of the week after running both a punt and kickoff back to the house.
Those two (Kendricks and Clay, that is) were also named Pac-12 Players of the Week in defense and special teams, respectively, while USC quarterback Cody Kessler was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week after throwing for 394 yards and four scores against Fresno State (he also ran it in from a yard out). That’s the release to prove it.
The Associated Press is reporting that Arizona State men’s basketball coach Herb Sendek has agreed to a contract extension through the 2018-19 season, while women’s basketball coach Charli Turner Thorne has agreed to an extension through 2017-18.
The Wildcats have UT San Antonio on the slate this week, and Jon Gold tells us that former Arizona defensive back Victor Yates is now working at UTSA as a development assistant in the Roadrunners' athletic department. Good feature on the up-and-comin' athletic department staffer who hopes to be an AD one day.
If you saw Cal take down Northwestern, then you’d agree with Jeff Faraudo in his assessment that freshman quarterback Luke Rebenzer was “an effective secret weapon” for the Golden Bears against the Wildcats.
Oregon State wide receiver Victor Bolden displayed “flashes of potential” in the Portland State game, according to Connor Letourneau. He caught five passes for 52 yards, rushed for 41 yards on six carries as the primary fly sweep dude and averaged 15 yards per attempt as a punt returner. Let the Brandin Cooks comparisons continue.
Cool little story here from the Salt Lake Trib about Utah quarterback Travis Wilson helping a first grader fight cancer. Other football-pertinent tidbits are also included.
David Lombardi breaks down Stanford’s win over UC Davis (in written form, this time) and looks ahead to the showdown with USC.
Was it a disappointing loss to Colorado State? Sure, but Kyle Ringo says that Colorado head coach Mike MacIntyre isn’t panicking. The defense does need to step it up, though.
Although the Cougs lost a heartbeaker Thursday night to Rutgers, Jacob Thorpe reports that Washington State quarterback Connor Halliday was a very positive influence on the sideline after bad plays, a change from last season when he would get frustrated after sacks.