Roundup: Clash of the Pac-12 South titans Thursday night
Go to your local movie theater, grab a big ol’ bucket of popcorn and head on back home – you’re staying in Thursday night and watching a top-15 showdown between Arizona State and UCLA (7 p.m. PT, FOX Sports 1), a game that has decided the Pac-12 South the last couple of years. Ted Miller writes that there is “plenty of intrigue” to the Arizona State-UCLA game. I’ll say, even if Taylor Kelly isn’t playing and Brett Hundley may or may not take the field.
Great story from the New York Times on Arizona State running back D.J. Foster and his sister who died five years ago of an accidental drug overdose. You’ll want to read this. As far as the game is concerned, Arizona State expects Brett Hundley to play for UCLA. And from earlier in the week, Ted Miller’s feature on Mike Bercovici, the man who will step in for Taylor Kelly Thursday night. Speaking of Bercovici, he's received advice and encouragement this week from Drew Stanton and Brock Osweiler.
The Denver Post dedicated some words to it earlier in the week, and now CBS Sports has an article on Colorado’s Hail Mary at Michigan 20 years ago with video of the play to boot (man, WHAT A THROW by Kordell Stewart – that thing traveled about 70 yards in the air!). Pretty timely considering what happened in the conference last weekend as well.
Jeremy Crabtree of ESPN discusses Chris Petersen’s recruiting philosophy and whether or not it will work at Washington.
Cal running back Jeffrey Coprich was honored for his community service, as he was named to the 2014 Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Brett Hundley is also on the list.
Gina Mizell reports that Oregon State wide receiver Hunter Jarmon stood out for his performance at practice Wednesday. Jarmon was the guy who caught the pass that made Sean Mannion the all-time leading passer at OSU.
The Register-Guard features Oregon football player Stetzon Bair, who has switched from defensive line to offensive tackle to help bolster an injury-plagued offensive line.
Nice story by Tom FitzGerald on Stanford offensive guard Josh Garnett, whose twin sister Rachel is captain of the debate team at Wiley College, the team that was the focus of the movie “The Great Debaters” starring Denzel Washington.
You think USC safety Gerald Bowman is satisfied with one interception? Nah – he’s looking to create more turnovers, if you believe what Gary Klein has to say on the kid.
Let’s learn a little bit about the Utes, Coug fan, since your boys are playing them this weekend. Jacob Thorpe has you covered by talking about Utah quarterback Travis Wilson. In his lede, Thorpe predicts that the Utes will make it to their first bowl game since 2011. Also, CougCenter revisits the 2012 loss to Utah (it wasn't pretty).
In one of a handful of volleyball matches on the Pac-12 Networks last night, Arizona defeated Arizona State in a five-set thriller, taking the fifth set by the slimmest of margins (15-13). Arizona actually had match point at 24-20 in the fourth set, but the Sun Devils roared back to take the set 27-25 and force a fifth.
Scott Gleeson of USA Today predicts that Utah men’s basketball will make the NCAA tournament as a No. 8 seed in his projected field of 68.