Roundup: Marcus Mariota is putting up special numbers

Eric Evans


Man, Marcus Mariota is putting up special numbers. I’ll let Ted Miller and the stats do the rest of the 'splainin' from here.


With the conference opener against Arizona State on the horizon, No. 5 Stanford is gearing up to defend its Pac-12 title. You're also going to want to check out this feature on David Shaw and the Stanford offense from Peter King of Sports Illustrated: King writes that Shaw is showing that the future of offense is simplicity.

Arizona State

The Badgers look a lot like the Cardinal on film, so Wisconsin helped Arizona State prepare for a similar but stiffer challenge in Stanford this weekend. Also, Pac-12 officiating coordinator Tony Corrente elaborated on the ASU-Wisconsin referee reprimand.

Washington State

Who’da thunk you’d say this about a Mike Leach Air Raid squad, but defense might be the Cougs’ strength. Washington State leads the nation in pass defense at 99.7 yards per game through three contests, so that’s a number you can hang your hat on.


He’s only been coaching games in this league for three weeks, but Cal coach Sonny Dykes says the Pac-12 is as good as the SEC. Also, the San Francisco Chronicle asks why are the Bears struggling on defense?


With the game against Fresno State being postponed, Colorado AD Rick George is working to shuffle the football schedule. This includes exploring options for a 12th game beyond rescheduling Fresno State, and San Diego State and San Jose State (MacIntyre’s old stomping grounds) are potential replacement options due to playing at Hawai’i (which allows for a 13th game on the schedule) and a similar bye week with the Buffs.

Oregon State

Oregon State’s D.J. Alexander was pleased to “finally be back” after playing in the Beavers’ crazy 51-48 overtime triumph over Utah. Dude missed the first two games with a knee injury.


With that bounce-back beatdown of Boston College, USC is showing signs that it might be a contender after all. Schedule doesn’t get any easier though, with Utah State and Arizona State up next on the Trojans’ docket.


All right, it’s time to put that Oregon State loss in the rear-view mirror because BYU is up next, and the Cougars ran for 550 yards against Texas a week and a half ago. As such, the Utes are eager to put their run defense to the test against BYU.


The pleasant surprise of a Husky defensive line has cartoonish nicknames for its special packages, so take some time to meet Washington’s “Jetsons”… and then “The Flintstones.”


UCLA head honcho Jim Mora talked to Tahaan Goodman about his Twitter post after the Bruin safety took to his Twitter page to vent his frustrations about not playing much against Nebraska.


The NIT Season Tip-Off bracket was announced yesterday, and Arizona men’s hoops will open up with Fairleigh Dickinson on Nov. 18. Metro State and Rhode Island are also a part of the four-team Tucson pod.

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