Roundup: ASU-Notre Dame during the day, Oregon-Utah at night
We have a great start and finish to the day for ya out here on the West Coast, as Saturday gets going with No. 9 Arizona State taking on No. 10 Notre Dame at Sun Devil Stadium (12:30 p.m. PT/1:30 p.m. MT, ABC). Tyler Lockman of FOX Sports Arizona gives us five questions for the Arizona State-Notre Dame game. Also, a story from Sam Gardner (same website) on how Pat Tillman’s legacy inspired a $700,000 donation from an Arizona State alum (John Eddy).
Make sure you settle back in at 7 p.m. PT/8 p.m. MT for a mega North-South clash between No. 17 Utah and No. 4 Oregon at Rice-Eccles (ESPN). It’s the opinion of Kurt Kragthorpe that Utah must play and coach boldly against Oregon if it wants to earn its seventh victory on the season.
One of the top AP guns, Ralph Drusso, does a feature on Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota and his personality as the Ducks prepare for the Saturday night showdown in Salt Lake City. They call him "Saint Marcus" in Eugene.
The Huskies have a huge home game of their own against No. 18 UCLA at 4 p.m. PT on FOX Sports 1, and David Lombardi pens some magic about the nation’s leader in sacks, Washington defensive end Hau’oli Kikaha. He has torn his ACL twice in his collegiate career but has found a way to stay strong and register 15.5 sacks this year.
On the other sideline, UCLA wide receiver Devin Fuller is trying to break free in the passing game, as he’s averaging just 7.7 yards per catch (LA Times). However, he is second on the team with 39 receptions.
It’s Homecoming weekend for the Wildcats, as No. 19 Arizona will look to get right against the Buffs (5 p.m. PT/6 p.m. MT, Pac-12 Networks). In the spirit of the weekend, Zack Rosenblatt of the Arizona Daily Star gives us a list of eight great homecoming moments in Arizona history in chronological order.
Cool story from Brian Howell on Colorado tight end Kyle Slavin “living his dream” with the Buffs. His parents have had Colorado season tickets for a couple of decades.
As Oregon State readies itself for Washington State (1 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks), Chantel Jennings tells us that the mounting losses overshadow the Pac-12 passing record for Sean Mannion, QB of the Beavs.
Another QB in this game will be making his first start, and Jacob Thorpe informs us that it has been a quick rise for Washington State quarterback Luke Falk, who has been forced into action with Connor Halliday’s injury one year removed from walking on to the team.
After beating Cal 3-2, Stanford women’s soccer is hoping for a top seed in the NCAA tournament. UCLA will win the Pac-12 as long as it defeats or draws with USC Friday, but as the No.3-ranked team in the polls and a No. 2 RPI ranking, Stanford is in good position to get a top-4 seed for the NCAAs, which will allow them to host all the way to the College Cup (final four).
Very good bye week question from California Golden Blogs for the Cal faithful: who would you rather see Cal beat – Stanford or USC? In actual news, Cal defensive end Brennan Scarlett is out for the season after undergoing knee surgery.
Here’s the State of Troy for the month of November, as AD Pat Haden updates us on all things USC Athletics.