Roundup: Stanford is 'redemption game' for USC

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USC

Is there any better way to start conference play than with USC-Stanford, a rematch of last year’s Pac-12 Football Championship Game and rivalry that has produced so many “wow” moments since 2007? Considering how things went in Santa Clara last year against the Card and the season-opening blowout loss to ‘Bama, USC is calling Stanford its “redemption game,” notes Scott Wolf.

Stanford

On the other sideline, Kevin Gemmell writes that Stanford is hoping to find its identity as the Trojans come to The Farm. I hear they are going to have a really good internal PA guy in the press box tomorrow (and don’t forget that Stanford and USC meet in men’s water polo on The Farm at 1pm on Pac-12 Networks)…

Washington State

Washington State defensive lineman Robert Barber has been kicked out of school because of a fight he was allegedly involved in during the summer. AD Bill Moos said Barber is appealing the punishment and will still practice with the team while he appeals.

UCLA

Dennis Dodd of CBS Sports whips up this article on Josh Rosen’s thoughts about NCAA reform as the sophomore quarterback tries to lead the Bruins to a victory over BYU in Provo. Really good stuff here from Rosen. Also, UCLA assistant football coach Adrian Klemm was penalized with a two-year show-cause order by the NCAA for arranging housing and training services for two recruits worth $2,400 (USA TODAY Sports).

Oregon

Former Oregon football center Fred Quillan died Monday at the age of 60, the San Francisco 49ers announced Thursday (The Oregonian/OregonLive on this link). Quillan played for the 49ers for 10 years, winning two Super Bowls in 1981 and ’84.

Utah

Former Washington teammates Troy Williams and Deontae Cooper will be reunited in the Utah-San Jose State game, writes Kyle Goon. Cooper, a rare seventh-year senior (remember all those ACL tears?), is San Jose State’s starting running back, while Williams starts at QB for the Utes.

Colorado

Kevin Gemmell and former Kevin Danna classmate Dan Murphy break down the Colorado-Michigan game for ESPN. Both see the Wolverines winning this one, with Gemmell giving the Buffs a little more love than Murph.

Arizona State

Respect – Kalen Ballage made sure the Arizona State offensive linemen received credit for his eight-touchdown performance, bringing them to the postgame interview room after he torched Texas Tech. David Lombardi on the link.

California

Rusty Simmons of the San Francisco Chronicle tells us that the Texas natives on Cal are looking forward to playing the Longhorns this weekend.

Oregon State

It’s this simple – Oregon State needs to win big against Idaho State, writes Ken Goe of The Oregonian/OregonLive. Things looked promising against Minnesota two weeks ago, and now it’s time to get to 1-1.

Arizona

Andy Benoit of Sports Illustrated considers New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski a “football mastermind.” Don’t let the partying fool you; the former Wildcat knows his ball.

Washington

No. 5 Washington women’s volleyball swept Maryland in Los Angeles Thursday night, improving to 9-0 on the season and remaining the only undefeated Pac-12 team (Pac-12 Networks highlights).

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