Roundup: Arizona shocks the college football world

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Just another ridiculously awesome game in the Pac-12 Thursday night, as Arizona shocked No. 2 Oregon 31-24 to improve to 5-0. The game was more or less sealed when Scooby Wright III stripped Marcus Mariota to give the ball back to Arizona, leading Greg Hansen to write that “Scooby stripped Oregon of its national title hopes.” Wanna see the deciding highlight? Here’s Scooby Wright’s fumble recovery. And while we’re at it, let’s get some thoughts from Kevin Gemmell on Arizona’s victory. Oh one more thing to read, Zona Zoo member, because you gotta be lovin’ life right now: CBS Sports’ Dennis Dodd’s take on the ramifications of Arizona’s upset. And how ‘bout some tweets? The Arizona athletic department's Twitter account was killing it last night:


Meanwhile, Tyson Alger of The Oregonian writes about Oregon’s defensive woes and John Canzano looks at what the loss means for Oregon. Additionally, Graham Watson of Yahoo! Sports says Oregon is out of the College Football Playoff hunt for now after the loss.


Huge non-conference game this weekend between the Card and Irish (12:30 p.m. PT, NBC) and ESPN writers David Lombardi and Matt Fortuna discuss the questions surrounding the Stanford-Notre Dame game.


Plenty of conference fun for you Saturday, starting with Oregon State at Colorado (1 p.m. PT/2 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks). On the Buffs’ side of things, Colorado kicker Will Oliver is eager to move on to the next kick after going 0-for-3 against Cal in the double-OT loss (credit Brian Howell).

Oregon State

Since it is Oregon State’s first visit to Boulder in 26 years (for football, at least), Gina Mizell gives the Beavers faithful an “unofficial guide to Boulder.” Plenty of places to hang out and things to see. Football-wise, Connor Letourneau has five things to watch for in the Colorado-Oregon State game.

Arizona State

Just as the Buffs and Beavs conclude their battle, Arizona State and USC will be kicking off at 4:30 p.m. PT (FOX) in the Coliseum. With Taylor Kelly officially ruled out for the USC game, Mike Bercovici is looking forward to playing in Southern California, considering he grew up there and all (Taft High School; same as former Colorado hoopster Spencer Dinwiddie).


This was not a fun game for the Trojans last year, but USC linebacker Hayes Pullard tells the LA Times’ Lindsey Thiry that last year’s loss to Arizona State is “in the past.”

Washington State

A couple of night games for you to round out the day. Raise your hand if you thought the winner of Cal-Washington State (7:30 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) would determine sole possession of first place in the Pac-12 North after the first weekend of October. That’s exactly what’s on the line in this battle in Pullman, and Jacob Thorpe reminds Coug fans that an improved and healthier Cal team is looking to exact revenge after a 44-22 home loss to Wazzu last season.


For the Golden Bears, Cal’s offensive line will have to withstand Washington State’s blitzing, writes Mike Vernon of the SF Chronicle. The Cougs sacked Marcus Mariota seven times.


As Utah gets ready to traverse into the Rose Bowl to play UCLA (7:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. MT, ESPN), Kyle Whittingham says Utah may use two quarterbacks against UCLA, per the LA Times’ Chris Foster. Also, here’s a nice feature of Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson, who grew up dreaming of becoming a Bruin because his dad and uncle both played for UCLA (well done, Everett Cook of the LA Times).


Bad news on the UCLA side of things as unfortunately linebacker Kenny Orjioke is out for the season with a torn ACL. Jack Wang tells us to look out for Takkarist McKinley and Cameron Judge as potential replacements for Orjioke.


Huge men’s soccer game on the Pac-12 Networks Thursday night, and our JB Long and Christopher Sullivan caught up with Washington senior forward Darwin Jones after the fifth-ranked Huskies beat 13th-ranked Cal 3-2. Jones’ brace (two goals) paced the Dawgs.

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