Roundup: Two Ducks scratch (and sniff) their way to top 10

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Two Ducks made ESPN's #CFBRank top-10 list compiled by 32 of ESPN's college football staffers. Quarterback Marcus Mariota is ranked as the second-best player in the nation behind Jameis Winston of Florida State. Senior cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu is tied for ninth. And on a more important note, Oregon will give season-ticket holders scratch-and-sniff tickets that smell like Carl's Jr.


Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre is being realistic about the Buffs' chances for success this upcoming season. Improving third-down play on both sides of the ball might be one of the biggest concerns. As for MacIntyre, there's a change in store: he lost 55 pounds since Christmas, writes Tom Kensler of the Denver Post

Arizona State

Doug Haller gives us everything we need to know as Todd Graham's football team enters August. Seriously, it's everything, including the ASU's three biggest concerns, a list of newcomers to know and links to position previews.

Oregon State

The Beavers expect Sean Mannion to excel in his final go, but there are concerns from Oregon State head coach Mike Riley that his team will need to improve on the offensive line to protect the starting quarterback.


No disrespect to hype of the 2014 college football season, but CBS Sports' Gary Parrish has an early guess at which college basketball players will be preseason All-Americans. Arizona sophomore Rondae Hollis-Jefferson gets one of Parrish's first-team votes, though Parrish does admit this year will be a complete crap-shoot.


Cal women's swimming and diving coach Teri McKeever has a busy summer in store as the head coach and recruiter for the U.S. Pan Pacific Championships. She'll be helping a number of Golden Bears this week at the Phillips 66 National Championships in Irvine, California.

Washington State

Is Washington State football ready for a breakthrough this season? After taking a few important steps forward in 2013, fans and pundits might think so. And after listening to a very positive outlook from head coach Mike Leach in a conference call Thursday, the Seattle Times' Bud Withers believes the coach expects big things as well.


Trojans defensive lineman Leonard Williams came in 11th in the #CFBRank series while teammate and receiver Nelson Agholor tied with Stanford offensive lineman Andrus Peat for 16th. 


Utah's non-conference football schedule won't include the traditional matchup with Utah State after the 2015 season. Dirk Facer of the Deseret News breaks down the upcoming non-conference slates for the Utes. 


For all the success that has made Jim Mora's Bruins the favorites to win the Pac-12 South, he isn't delusional about the pressure on his job. He pointed out that UCLA hasn't beaten Oregon or Stanford in his first two seasons, according to the Los Angeles Times' Chris Foster. Also, no surprise that quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker Myles Jack also fell into the top-20 of the #CFBRank list.  


Tennessee Titans writer Joe Fann goes in depth about how former running back Bishop Sankey blossomed into a nationally recognized talent while playing for the Huskies. 


The next Stanford linebacker to watch following the departures of Shayne Skov and Trent Murphy is A.J. Tarpley. Who else joins him in David Shaw's linebacker unit is to-be-determined, writes the Mercury News' John Reid.

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