Roundup: Oregon is headed to the College Football Playoff
The Ducks are in the College Football Playoff as the No. 2 seed and will face Florida State in the semis (that link also gives bowl information for each team in the postseason). Helfrich and Co. clinched their spot in the final four by smashing Arizona 51-13 in the Pac-12 Football Championship Game, and Kyle Bonagura writes about the improvements made by Oregon’s defense over the course of the season. The Ducks surrendered just 224 yards Friday night, the fewest they had given up in more than 50 games.
The Wildcats are also headed to a New Year’s Six bowl game, as Arizona will play Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. As Daniel Berk points out in the preceding link, this is the first time since ’94 that Arizona has been in the Fiesta Bowl.
Major props to UCLA men’s water polo for winning the national championship by beating USC 9-8 in the finals. The Bruins’ victory snapped a streak of six straight national titles for the Trojans. Make that NCAA title No. 112 in Westwood.
How ‘bout them Beavers?! A year after going winless in the Pac-12, Oregon State women’s volleyball is headed to the Sweet 16 after knocking off the University of Arkansas-Little Rock in a five-set stomach-churner. Czech out these scores: 25-15, 19-25, 22-25, 28-26, 19-17. Those fourth and fifth sets, I tell ya…
Speaking of five-setters, Colorado volleyball lost a heartbreaker to Colorado State in the second round in a match that went the distance, with the Rams winning 25-22, 25-21, 23-25, 24-26, 16-14.
The Stanford women’s soccer season ended in the College Cup semifinals with a 2-0 loss to Florida State Friday night. The Cardinal wraps up 2014 with a 20-2-3 record.
Watch highlights of Washington men’s basketball’s 49-36 upset win over No. 13 San Diego State. How ‘bout that defensive effort from the Dawgs? The Aztecs shot just 20 percent from the floor. The Huskies are now 7-0.
This should be a fun one – Arizona State football is headed to the Sun Bowl to play Duke. Both teams were 10-4 last year after losing their conference championship and bowl games and both teams are 9-3 this year.
Jeff Faraudo reports that Cal safety Avery Sebastien will transfer. Since he is graduating this month, Sebastien can play next season as he pursues a Master’s degree in communications or sports management.
Good feature from Kyle Goon of the Salt Lake Tribune on Utah basketball’s Jakob Poeltl and how he came to be a Ute all the way from Austria. He’s leading the Pac-12 in field goal percentage, hitting a whopping 74 percent of his shots.
Kyle Glaser of the AP writes that hot shooting led USC men’s basketball to an 89-84 win over Utah State. The Trojans shot 50 percent from the floor en route to their fourth consecutive victory.
AD Bill Moos says Washington State is "still in the process" of building its football program.