Roundup: Cal looking for win No. 6

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California

Been a lil’ while since we had a Thursday night game, but Cal-USC at the Coliseum at 6 p.m. on ESPN should be a fun one in part because Cal is eyeing bowl eligibility at 5-4, writes Eddie Timanus of USA Today in this game preview.

USC

The Trojans are favored to win the game, but USC knows Cal can score a lot of points, so Sark and Co. aren’t taking the Golden Bears lightly. Also, Ted Miller writes that USC quarterback Cody Kessler has quietly become a star QB. He has thrown 25 TD passes and just two interceptions this year. In off-the-field football news, suspended cornerback Josh Shaw explained to the LA Times why he lied about saving his nephew from a pool back in August.

Oregon

ESPN writers Chantel Jennings and Jared Shanker debate over who would win on a neutral field between Oregon and Florida State.  Of course, Ms. Jennings argues Oregon’s case.

Washington State

Good story from Kyle Bonagura on how Washington State quarterback Luke Falk landed in the Palouse as a walk-on QB. I’ll let Bonagura explain the twists and turns in Falk’s recruitment.

Utah

With Kendal Thompson out for the season, Conner Manning is Utah’s backup quarterback, reports the Salt Lake Tribune.

Arizona State

I know football is the craze and all in Tempe right now, but you should know that Phil Mickelson has been named an interim assistant coach for the Arizona State golf team. His brother, Tim, is the head honcho.

Arizona

Arizona begins its NCAA women’s soccer tournament run Friday, and Greg Hansen writes that coach Tony Amato has Arizona women’s soccer on the map. The Wildcats are making their first NCAA appearance since 2005 and will play host Oklahoma State in the first round.

Colorado

You know what else gets underway Friday? The college hoops season; it’s finally here, and Colorado men’s basketball is eager to get going. The Buffs welcome Drexel to the Coors Events Center to lift the lid on 2014-15.

Washington

The early signing period in hoops is over, and Washington men’s basketball has the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation. Dejounte Murray and Marquese Chriss are top-60 recruits by ESPN, while Matisse Thybulle, David Crisp, Devenir Duruisseau and junior college transfer Malik Dime also join the mix.

UCLA

UCLA is putting more pressure on opposing quarterbacks, writes Chris Foster of the Los Angeles Times.

Oregon State

A neck injury ended Oregon State center Roman Sapolu’s career, but he is embracing the opportunity to help out the Beavers’ coaching staff, pens Gina Mizell.

Stanford

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News tells us why Stanford head coach David Shaw is limiting freshman Christian McCaffrey’s touches in the offense.

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