Roundup: Washington and Stanford preparing for the Friday night lights

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Washington

Washington and Stanford are getting ready for a Friday night showdown, and the Associated Press has this write-up discussing it. It is the first matchup of top 10 teams at Husky Stadium in nearly two decades, per the link.

Washington State

Washington State safety Shalom Luani will not be charged with assault, it was announced Monday. Sam Cooper of Yahoo Sports has the story.

Arizona

Michael Lev reports that Arizona running back J.J. Taylor is likely out for the season. Or, in the words of Rich Rodriguez, “more than likely” out for the season after breaking his left ankle against Washington.

USC

The always-entertaining Scott Wolf explains why he thinks an easier part of the schedule might put more pressure on USC. These are must-win games, starting against Arizona State.

Stanford

A mock draft in September doesn’t mean a whole lot (or anything), but Sports Illustrated has Christian McCaffrey going 18th overall in the 2017 NFL Draft in their first mock draft. Apparently the Raiders will be picking 18th come spring time. Johnny Caspers of Stanford, Sidney Jones of Washington and Chidobe Awuzie of Colorado also get first-round nods.

Colorado

No surprise – Colorado wide receiver Bryce Bobo’s one-handed game-winning touchdown reception was the top play of the week on #12Best on “Pac-12 Sports Report.” This is a thing of beauty. While we’re at it, Colorado quarterback Steven Montez was named Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week.

UCLA

Kyle Bonagura writes that UCLA’s increased physicality wasn’t enough to overcome Stanford. The Bruins almost snapped the losing streak and certainly played better than they usually do against the Card, at the very least, but I’m sure that doesn’t take the sting away of falling to 2-2.

Utah

Utah’s improved offense will be troublesome for the rest of the Pac-12, opines Kevin Gemmell. No disrespect to the ultimate gamer that was Travis Wilson, but Troy Williams has really brought a new dimension to the Utes offense with his strong, accurate arm.

Oregon

Oregon is trying to get past its “train wreck” against Colorado, notes Chantel Jennings. Helfrich was the one who used the term “train wreck” in talking about the game-losing pick thrown in the end zone.

Arizona State

Why don’t we all listen to the latest Arizona State football Pick Six podcast? Doug Haller and Jeff Metcalfe recap the Sun Devils’ win over Cal and look forward to the USC game.

California

Jon Wilner grades Cal’s loss to Arizona State, giving the Golden Bears a C- for their efforts.

Oregon State

Oregon State head coach Gary Andersen has had it with the moral victories, notes Gina Mizell from Monday’s press conference. He wants some actual victories.

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