It's early yet, but Saturday's Oregon State vs. Arizona matchup (7 p.m. PT, Pac-12 Networks) has the feeling of a milestone game for both squads.
Oregon head women's volleyball coach Jim Moore joined elite company Friday night as the No. 2 Ducks swept Utah to give Moore his 500th career victory as a coach. Moore is currently in his eighth season as Oregon's head coach and is largely responsible for helping turn around the program that was a perennial conference bottom-dweller before he took over. He has since taken the Ducks to the postseason five of the last six seasons and have them undefeated and ranked No. 2 in the nation this season.
With 19 seconds left in the game, the Cardinal's Maddie Secco fired a shot toward goal and Courtney Haldeman hammered it home giving No. 13 Stanford (7-4, 1-0 NorPac) a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Cal (3-5, 0-1 NorPac). Most of this rivalry game was spent locked up in a 1-1 stalemate. Cal's Jordan O'Reilly opened the game with her fourth goal of the season, but was answered by Stanford's freshman sensation Maddie Secco early on in the first half, who found the back of the net off of a rebound.
The Oregon State football team made national news last Saturday first for beating UCLA on the road [highlights], then celebrating with 200 double doubles at a local In-N-Out burger. Here coach Mike Riley explains how the trip came about:
This really is what the Pac-12 Networks is all about.
One of the missions of the network is to provide thorough coverage of the conference's schools and teams, especially in sports that up until now haven't traditionally been given much media exposure.
Well, today on the Pac-12 Networks, exposure they will be.
Some say Oregon State head coach Mike Riley is the most likable football coach in the NCAA, but there's more to coaching major college football than being a nice guy. His former teammates, current staff and players lined up to tell our cameras about the qualities (plural) that make Riley a success:
It's a hallmark of college football when fans rush the field after a big win. That was exactly the scene in Seattle when unranked Washington upset No. 8 Stanford 17-13 Thursday night. It was the first time that the Huskies defeated an opponent ranked in the top-10 nationally since they knocked off No. 3 USC in 2009 and the first time they've topped Stanford since 2007. Here's the video:
UCLA is ranked No. 9 in the nation and coming off a trip to the NCAA College Cup, but Pac-12 Networks men's soccer analyst Cobi Jones doesn't necessarily think the Bruins are the slam-dunk favorite to win the conference title this season.
The frontrunner may be chaos.
The Pac-12 race commences Friday with a pair of games, including the opener between UCLA and Stanford on the Pac-12 Networks at 4 p.m., and Jones says the race is wide open right now.
Rich Rodriguez's frown got some attention during Arizona's loss to Oregon this past Saturday. But as expressions go, there's a lot more to the Wildcats' coach. Here's three and a half minutes of RichRod mic'd up on the sidelines from the Wildcats' matchup with South Carolina State on September 15, including a full range of emotions.
The beginning of Pac-12 men's soccer play, three football teams receving votes in the Associated Press top 25, volleyball showdowns in Seattle and a jam-packed Friday highlight the rest of the week on the Pac-12 Networks.
It begins this evening when No. 5 Washington hosts No. 4 UCLA in women's volleyball at 7 p.m. Then on Friday, there will be a staggering 10 games on the networks -- four women's volleyball matches, four women's soccer matches, the men's soccer conference opener between UCLA and Stanford and a field hockey contest featuring Stanford and Cal.