Roundup: Jared Goff leading much-improved Cal

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Kyle Bonagura writes that Cal football is rising in large thanks to quarterback Jared Goff. As he notes, Goff would probably be a serious Heisman candidate if Cal wasn’t 1-11 last year.


The AP reports that Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan is nursing a leg injury, but he is expected to play Friday night against Washington State.


Tony Corrente, the Pac-12 coordinator of football officiating, resigned. Jim Blackwood is the interim coordinator.

Arizona State

Hey, we’ve all been focused on the Jael Mary and how awesome that was, but did you realize that Arizona State safety Jordan Simone registered 20 tackles against USC last Saturday?! Doug Haller fills us in and breaks down every single one of 'em. He also notes that it’s the first 20-tackle game for a Fork in more than 300 games. And to think this dude was a walk-on two months ago…


It doesn’t take an expert to notice that Colorado football has been much more competitive in conference play this year, but Brian Howell is an expert, and he lets us know that the rest of the Pac-12 is taking notice as well.


Andrew Greif of The Oregonian tells us how Oregon football has avoided consecutive losses in the same season since 2007. Of course, it won’t be easy avoiding a two-game losing streak this time around with a trip to the Rose Bowl on the horizon. Also, let’s find out what Marcus Mariota thinks of Drake rocking a No. 8 Oregon jersey (other topics are covered as well in this interview with Seth Davis).


Injured USC running back Tre Madden’s status for 2014 could be decided within the next week or two, according to Sark and Gary Klein of the Los Angeles Times. Madden has yet to play this year because of a toe injury; he was second on the team in rushing last season.


One thing is for sure – Arizona quarterback Anu Solomon is off to a great start, and Anthony Gimino lets us know all about it.


It hasn’t been easy this year but Washington’s struggling offense could get right against Cal’s defense, Christian Caple opines.


Time for us to look at the newest episode of “Overdrive,” which zeroes in on the father-son combo of Noel and Taylor Mazzone, offensive coordinator (Noel) and quarterbacks coach (Taylor) for the Bruins.

Washington State

The always-entertaining Adam Butler gives us a Washington State men’s basketball season preview in a way that only Adam Butler can.


It’s of the opinion of ESPN’s Eamonn Brennan that Utah’s new basketball court design is third-best in the nation, trailing just Indiana and North Carolina. UCLA ranks fourth and Arizona is fifth on this list.

Oregon State

One thing I forgot to mention Wednesday is that former Oregon State basketball coach Craig Robinson joined ESPN as an analyst. He’ll be calling games and doing studio work on ESPNU; I for one am looking forward to hearing Robinson on the air.

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