Roundup: Friday night lights (and fireworks) on The Farm
We got some Friday night football for ya, folks, as Washington State makes the trip to The Farm to take on Stanford at 6 p.m. PT on ESPN. As far as the Cardinal is concerned, Jon Wilner says that Stanford must better involve Ty Montgomery in the offense; he was kept in check by Notre Dame last week. If you’re in the area, there’ll be fireworks after the game as well.
Here’s the Washington State-Stanford game preview from Wazzu beat writer Jacob Thorpe.
As we move to Saturday, there’s a huge battle in the Rose Bowl between Oregon and UCLA (12:30 p.m. PT, FOX) with the loser taking a big step back in the College Football Playoff hunt. On the road team side of things, Oregon is putting a heavy focus on defense after its loss to Arizona last week, a game in which penalties hurt the Ducks on that side of the ball.
UCLA is hoping for defensive balance, as Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times informs us. Which defense can better stop a future NFL quarterback? Also, Kevin Gemmell looks at the “under-the-radar” players in the Oregon-UCLA matchup.
At 3 p.m. PT on the Pac-12 Networks, Cal will try to hold on to first place as it goes up against Washington. Heading into this matchup, Jeff Faraudo says that Cal is producing “video game numbers” on offense. The Golden Bears rank second nationally with 50 points per game. Also, Jon Wilner reports that Cal will likely have a permanent AD by early 2015.
The Cal offense is certainly on the Huskies’ mind this weekend, and Percy Allen writes that Washington hopes to stop Jared Goff (but that’s no easy proposition).
Just four games this weekend, and the last one takes us to Tucson for a pivotal Pac-12 South clash between Arizona and USC (7:30 p.m. PT, ESPN2). The win over Oregon was fun, but Arizona is prepared for USC’s “first-rounder,” aka defensive lineman Leonard Williams.
USC coach Steve Sarkisian is concerned by depth issues, according to Scott Wolf. The Trojans only suited up 55 scholarship players against Arizona State last weekend.
Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports is reporting that former Colorado coach Gary Barnett is interested in the Kansas head coaching vacancy.
Nice feature from the Salt Lake Trib on Delon Wright’s decision to return to Utah. Mom had a lot to do with the decision, as she just earned her degree while working for the LAPD (30 years on the job) and wants her son to get that piece of paper as well.
No game for the Forks this weekend, but you should know that Arizona State is stepping up in the fight to stop domestic violence (credit Dana O'Neil of ESPN). Well done, Devils.
The Oregonian produces a slideshow of 10 questions facing Oregon State football as the Beavers wrap up their second and final bye week of 2014.