Roundup: Monday Night Football for the title


Are you ready for some football? A Monday night party? Finally, it’s time for the CFP National Championship bout between Oregon and THE Ohio State University (5:30 p.m. PT, ESPN), so let’s overload you with some links: Max Olson of ESPN writes that Oregon coach Mark Helfrich and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer are ready for a “prize fight.” Jon Solomon of CBS Sports writes about the run defenses for Oregon and Ohio State. For a local look into the game, Andrew Greif examines the secret to Oregon’s success – it’s all about relationships, y’all. Lastly, Stewart Mandel and Bruce Feldman predict who will win the national championship.

Oregon State

These Beavers, though… Wayne Tinkle's Oregon State men's hoops team took down the No. 7 Wildcats 58-56 Sunday night, and Connor Letourneau says Oregon State showed how far it has come in beating Arizona. It was Oregon State’s first victory over a top-10 team in 15 years.


Steve Rivera of FOX Sports Arizona writes that Oregon State’s zone defense troubled Arizona all night long, as evidenced by the Wildcats shooting just 38 percent from the floor.


Kyle Goon writes that Oregon State’s win over Arizona puts the ball in Utah’s court. The Runnin’ Utes are the only undefeated team in conference play two weekends in, but they have to go to Arizona this weekend.

Washington State

How ‘bout dem Cougs, eh? Washington State is 2-1 in conference play (all three games coming on the road, mind you) after unseating Washington 80-77 in Seattle, and Bud Withers of The Seattle Times writes that Washington State looked confident in its win over Washington.


So much for that five-game losing streak. Home conference cookin’ was all the BruCru needed, and Jack Wang writes that UCLA found an “inside groove” with Kevon Looney and Tony Parker in its 73-54 win over Cal. The two combined for 28 points and 15 rebounds.


Cuonzo’s team got swept in SoCal, and Cal struggled offensively in a 73-54 loss to UCLA. At least Jordan Mathews scored 23 points.


USC running back Buck Allen is entering the 2015 NFL draft. Allen rushed for 1,489 yards and averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2014 and also led the Trojans in rushing in 2013.

Arizona State

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It was in serious jeopardy for a good part of the game, but Stanford women’s basketball is 58-0 all-time against Washington State after edging the Cougs in overtime on Sunday. The final score was 86-76, but the Card had to erase an 11-point second-half deficit.


While Romar’s boys have been on a slump, Washington women’s basketball defeated Cal 79-77 Sunday, earning a split for the weekend after falling in a tough one to Stanford. Kelsey Plum has now scored 30 points six times this season. Baller.


Colorado women’s basketball erased a 21-point deficit and took the lead in the second half, but the Buffs’ comeback fell short in a 90-84 loss to UCLA on Sunday. Jen Reese scored a career-high 30 points in a losing effort.

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