After a season-high six ranked teams last week, the Pac-12 is down to four in the newest AP Top 25 poll. You can partly thank No. 2 Oregon for that, as the Ducks squashed then-No. 23 Washington's hopes of having a prolonged stay in the rankings with a 52-21 victory over the Huskies. The Chip Kelly attack was as explosive as always, amassing nearly 500 yards of total offense while being in possession of the pigskin for just more than 40 percent of the game. As a result, the Ducks held on to the two-spot and were the only team ranked in the top 5 last week that won on Saturday (No.
De'Anthony Thomas had been quiet the last couple of weeks but exploded back onto the scene Saturday with this 16-yard touchdown run. Showing off not only his quicks but also his elusiveness, the Black Mamba made three Husky defenders whiff on attempts to bring him down.
Oregon's giant quadrant flashcards have received a lot of pub over the years, and there are always a couple of images that make you shrug your shoulders. In the second quarter of tonight's game against Oregon, Stephen Colbert made an appearance on the Duck sideline. The ensuing play resulted in an incomplete pass (although Marcus Mariota made that about as sexy of an incomplete pass as you can, leaping over a pass rusher to avoid a sack), so perhaps the Comedy Central host doesn't hold the recipe to Oregon's offensive success.
When Oregon State and Washington State squared off Saturday, the players were not the only ones making the highlight reel. A cheerleader could be nominated for catch of the game with this unexpected stunt late in the third quarter:
Arizona fullback Taimi Tutogi isn't used to catching that many passes, but that doesn't matter so much when the ball catches him. Saturday vs. Stanford, Tutogi took a hard hit from Stanford safety Harold Bernard and coughed up the ball. Then the ball bounces off of Bernard's back, hits Tutogi again, and falls into his bread basket -- while Tutogi is rolling on the ground no less. It's better than room service. Video below:
UCLA is 4-1 and back in the AP Top 25 after dismantling Colorado a week ago [highlights] while Cal is off to a 1-4 start. A win over a ranked team in renovated Memorial Stadium -- on Homecoming weekend, no less -- would go a long way toward resuscitating the season. The two teams square off at 7 p.m. PT on Pac-12 Networks [watch preview].
The Beavers are the real deal -- No. 14 in the AP poll, consecutive road wins against quality opponents including a gutsy 38-35 victory over the Arizona Wildcats a week ago [highlights], and a quarterback who's edging into the Heisman conversation. Washington State is 2-3 overall and still looking for its first conference victory.
When Johnathan Franklin talks about being mayor of Los Angeles someday, he's not joking. To hear his teammates and coaches chime in, the UCLA running back's dream may not be that far fetched:
Every year, CBS produces "The Road to the Final Four," the network's annual coverage of the NCAA Basketball tournament. It's no small undertaking, as CBS puts on every game through every round of the tourney, culminating in the Final Four.
Now, imagine doing that for 52 straight days -- and counting.