Roundup: Arizona on the rise

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Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports talks about Arizona’s rise to national prominence after Thursday’s win in Eugene. Last undefeated team standing in the Pac-12, y’all.

Arizona State

Surprise, surprise: the Jael Mary was the ESPN Pac-12 Blog play of the week. Also, here’s a nice article from Kevin Gemmell on Arizona State’s never-say-die attitude. And finally, let’s indulge a certain sports information director…


When Oregon and UCLA square off this weekend, legacies will be on the line for Brett Hundley and Marcus Mariota, writes Ted Miller.


And how ‘bout another Oregon-UCLA article from Ted Miller? Sure – Oregon and UCLA are still in the playoff hunt despite their home losses last week to Arizona and Utah, respectively.


Here’s a really interesting look at how Condoleezza Rice and the rest of the College Football Playoff committee is preparing to make their selections come judgment time. Props to FOX Sports’ Stewart Mandel for the read.


Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham won’t announce a starting quarterback publicly, according to what he said on his conference call Tuesday.


The Cal football team is winning with a lot of new faces, notes Jeff Faraudo. According to the Bay Area News Group reporter, 41 Golden Bears have made their collegiate debuts this year.


Scott Wolf examines USC’s “little-ball” approach. As Wolf points out, the Trojans are 89th in the nation in passing yards per completion (11.19). Sark says he’d like improvement in the explosive plays department.


One key for Washington in its matchup with the Golden Bears, according to Christian Caple, is to put pressure on Cal quarterback Jared Goff.

Washington State

Former Washington State quarterback Jack Thompson (aka the Throwin’ Samoan) is impressed by what he sees from Connor Halliday, tweetin’ his props to the current signal-caller during his record-setting performance Saturday night against Cal.

Oregon State

Connor Letourneau discusses how Oregon State middle linebacker Jabral Johnson is feeling more comfortable in his position. Dude has 20 tackles over the last two games.


The Denver Post’s Tom Kensler features Colorado cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon right here. Ya know, 6-3 corners aren’t easy to find, so the Buffs are more than happy to have one in Witherspoon.


Quite a few Pac-12 players on Athlon Sports’ top 20 breakout players in college football so far this year: Devon Allen, Jared Goff, Nelson Spruce and Anu Solomon make the top 20, while Budda Baker, Devontae Booker and Peter Kalambayi get an honorable mention nod.

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