Roundup: Heated QB battles at Oregon State, UCLA

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Oregon State

Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen says there’s “absolutely zero separation” in the quarterback competition between Seth Collins and Marcus McMaryion.


Similarly in Westwood, UCLA head coach Jim Mora isn’t any closer to making a quarterback decision, reports Kevin Gemmell. Josh Rosen or Jerry Neuheisel? He’s got another two and a half weeks to figure it out.


Schweet – Utah and BYU are finalizing a deal to extend their football series. The schools have an agreement to play in 2016, 2017 and 2018 and are working on extending the series through 2022, according to the Deseret News’ Dirk Facer. Earlier, AD Chris Hill responded to criticism of the two-year hiatus of the “Holy War.” Ted Miller has more on that subject in the preceding link.


Interesting story from Andrew Greif on how Oregon football has significantly reduced its number of two-a-day practices during fall camp. According to Greif, the Ducks had only one two-a-day in last year’s training camp.


Greg Beacham of the AP writes that USC football is eager to showcase its talent in 2015 and calls the Trojans title contenders. This is USC’s first season free of sanctions since they were imposed.


It’s the big question surrounding the team in fall camp – has the Cal defense improved enough to get the team to a bowl game? Jeff Faraudo ponders the thought in this link.

Washington State

Jacob Thorpe features Washington State wide receiver Kyrin Priester, who was recently granted eligibility to play this season after transferring from Clemson (he was dismissed from the South Carolina school).


Could it be that Washington’s defense is being underestimated? David Lombardi thinks that might be the case, and linebacker Travis Feeney certainly think that’s going to be the case.

Arizona State

Let’s get mic’d up with Arizona State associate head coach Chris Thomsen, shall we?


Check out this feature on Colorado football broadcaster Larry Zimmer returning to the booth for his final season behind the mic. Good stuff, Ashley Adamson and Pac-12 Networks crews.


Daniel Berk features the Arizona football defensive line, which is working to get bigger. For example, Luca Bruno has beefed up from 264 pounds at the start of the 2014 campaign to 293 pounds at the start of training camp.


Tom FitzGerald surmises that the Stanford offensive line looks like it can live up to the hype this season. The 2012 offensive line recruiting class was very highly regarded, and now most of them are seniors (one, Brandon Fanaika, went on a two-year mission).

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