Roundup: The Ed Orgeron era begins tonight



We’ve got another Thursday night special for ya with Arizona heading to Los Angeles to take on USC tonight (7:30 p.m. PT, FOX Sports 1). It’s the first game of the Ed Orgeron era, and the Trojans are doing an about-face for tonight’s game against Arizona. Orgeron has made some big changes in Troy since taking over – will they work come game time?


As the last team to go through a coach firing mid-season before the Trojans with Lane Kiffin, Arizona relates to USC’s sitatuion. Also, there are quite a few SoCal guys playing for RichRod, and at least one of them – Shaq Richardson – is eager to prove himself against USC.


Boo-yah! Washington is breaking out black matte helmets against Oregon this Saturday. These are simply the bee’s knees. Credit to Mason Kelley for the photo.


Speaking of this contest, acrimony reigns between Washington and Oregon, according to Anne Peterson of the Associated Press and every college football fan living in the Pacific Northwest. Also, Marcus Mariota is No. 1 in the latest Heisman Rankings. Fourteen touchdowns against no picks? That’s what we call efficiency.

Washington State

Mike Leach is always good for a quote on, well, anything. The government shutdown is, of course, a topical subject right now, and Leach called the government shutdown a sham on John Canzano’s radio show.

Oregon State

Despite playing on the offensive line as a young buck for the Beavers, Kyle DeVan is now fitting in with the tight ends as the TEs coach for Oregon State.


It’s all about UCLA vs. Stanford in soccer on the Pac-12 Networks tonight. The UCLA men take on Stanford at 5:30 p.m. PT, while the Bruin women travel to Stanford for a 7:30 p.m. PT tilt. That’s a No. 2 vs. No. 5 battle, and Stanford is ready for the UCLA showdown, so you should watch.


This Utah linebacker doesn’t care about stats (but if you do, his 37 tackles on the season are tied for the team lead and he also has 4.5 TFL, two sacks, two pass breakups and a forced fumble); Jared Norris is all about winning games. The guy he’s tied for the team lead with in tackles – Trevor Reilly – talked about his daughter’s fight with cancer on “Pac-12 Football Weekly.”

Arizona State

‘Twas a tough loss at Cowboys Stadium, but Arizona State hopes playing in Texas opens up important recruiting grounds. Speaking of that game last weekend, here’s Todd Graham talking to his team after losing to Notre Dame.


Hey, how ‘bouts we get a tour of the new Stanford football facility with David Shaw? Yeah, that sounds like a good idea.


In case you missed “The Drive” last night, here’s Sonny Dykes using his coaching experience as a weapon.


It has been a rough last couple of weeks for the Buffs, and quarterback Connor Wood looks at himself in search for answers. The sledding has gotten a lot tougher for the QB as well – 25-67 (37 percent) for 351 yards, two touchdowns and four picks in those two conference losses.

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