Roundup: USC is back on track

John McGillen

USC

Kyle Bonagura writes that the win over Arizona State has USC back on track, but the Trojans don’t have any margin for error if they want to go to the College Football Playoff. 

UCLA

No. 7 UCLA football sees ways it can improve as it heads into the Arizona State game, writes Dan Greenspan of the Associated Press. The Bruins missed 21 tackles in the 26-point win over Arizona.

California

Connor Letourneau of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Cal is preparing to face a new-look Washington State defense. The Cougars’ new defensive coordinator Alex Grinch has been more aggressive in blitzing this year and sometimes plays with an extra defensive back in place of a linebacker.

Oregon State

Kevin Hampton of the Corvallis Gazette-Times notes that the Oregon State defense is taking advantage of the bye week. A few nicks and bruises can heal this week and the group can also get ready to face more spread offenses after playing traditional, pro-style offenses in Weber State, Michigan, San Jose State and Stanford.

Stanford

Jon Wilner lets us know that Stanford football’s injury situation is looking better – defensive linemen Aziz Shittu and Brennan Scarlett and left tackle Kyle Murphy are all expected to play Saturday night against Arizona (all three got hurt against Oregon State).

Arizona

Ryan Finley of the Arizona Daily Star writes that playing Stanford will be a tough test for an Arizona team that is injury-riddled. It’s tough enough to play the Card when fully healthy.

Washington State

The true Ol’ Crimson flag arrived in Tucson… well after College GameDay aired (a replica was sent from the pregame show, so the streak of the Wazzu flag flying at College GameDay improved to 167).

Utah

David Lombardi ranks the five biggest wins of the Kyle Whittingham era in Utah, slotting the thumping of Oregon second behind the Sugar Bowl win over Alabama.

Colorado

Colorado football is eager to “turn the tables” on Oregon, writes Brian Howell. The Buffs have lost to Oregon by at least 34 points in each of the last four seasons.

Oregon

The Oregon Duck responded to Samuel L. Jackson with a mashup video in response to Jackson’s tweet about the Ducks being ranked because of name recognition while they were getting pounded by Utah Saturday night. I’m with Jerry Hinnen of CBS Sports – I have no idea what’s going on in this video.

Washington

UW Dawg Pound runs down what Washington football alums did in Week 3 in the NFL. Shaq Thompson got his first career sack in helping the Carolina Panthers improve to 3-0 with a win over the Saints.

Arizona State

Hoops season isn’t far away, so Doug Haller tells us that head coach Bobby Hurley’s intensity sparks Arizona State men’s basketball. The Sun Devils, who return four starters from last year’s squad that went to the NIT, had a media day Tuesday.

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