Roundup: Ronald Jones II making a big impression at USC

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Gary Klein tells us that USC running back Ronald Jones II is making quite the first impression, as people (including Matt Leinart) are comparing him to Reggie Bush. Two games into his USC career, the freshman has 169 yards on just 14 carries. The Trojans sure do have an embarrassment of riches in the backfield.


Oregon quarterback Vernon Adams confirmed he has a broken finger and says he is a game-time decision to start Saturday against Georgia State.


Sweet – former UCLA basketball coach Steve Lavin is joining Pac-12 Networks as a men’s basketball analyst.

Arizona State

Arizona State football coach Todd Graham is up for a one-year contract extension through 2019 that would raise his salary annually by $200,000 a year to $3 million. The Arizona Board of Regents will vote on the matter next week.


Jeff Faraudo writes that the Rose Bowl snub still irks Cal fans. The Golden Bears were kept out of the 2005 Rose Bowl in favor of Texas, so those watching in Berkeley will have a little extra umph behind their cheering on Saturday when Cal plays in Austin.


Adam Jude writes that Washington football coach Chris Petersen wants to slow it down on offense partly because he’s starting a true freshman quarterback and partly because they have multiple formations that feature different personnel.


Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre says wide receiver Nelson Spruce has a future playing professionally. He only has the most receptions in CU history and is probably a couple of weeks shy of having the most receiving yards in a Buff uniform.


David Lombardi ponders whether Stanford can use its speed effectively as the season moves along, and especially against USC this weekend (Bryce Love though…). The Trojans will have just a little bit of speed out there as well.

Oregon State

After getting pounded into the ground in Ann Arbor last weekend, the Oregon State defense is focusing on discipline. Defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake said his guys were going for the big play (trying to pop the ball out) instead of the fundamentally sound play (wrapping up and tackling) against Michigan.

Washington State

Jacob Thorpe features Washington State defensive lineman Darryl Paulo, a guy who rarely played until the middle of his junior year in 2014 and now leads the Cougar defense in tackles for loss.


FOX Sports ponders how Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez will use Jamardre Cobb. The former 4-star recruit at linebacker has switched to offense after a hamstring injury, and there is no plan as of now to move him back to his old position even with Scooby Wright out.


Block U previews the Fresno State offense as the Utes get ready to head to Cali to take on the Bulldogs.

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