Roundup: Stanford's smelling like roses

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What a Rose Bowl, eh? Stanford dominated Iowa 45-16 in The Granddaddy of Them All, and David Lombardi writes that Christian McCaffrey showed us a glimpse of what’s to come in 2016. The likely frontrunner for the 2016 Heisman reeled off a Rose Bowl-record 368 all-purpose yards in the demolishing of the Hawkeyes. Also, Gabriel Baumgaertner of Sports Illustrated thinks the NCAA should take note of how David Shaw runs the Stanford football program, as well as make Christian McCaffrey the face of college football. Good read.


Looked like there was going to be another blowout in the Alamo Bowl, but Oregon blew a 31-point halftime lead after Vernon Adams left the game in and lost 47-41 to TCU in double overtime. Aaron Fentress of CSN Northwest believes that Oregon’s Alamo Bowl loss is a microcosm of the 2015 season.

Arizona State

The Pac-12 ended up its bowl season 6-4 after Arizona State’s tight 43-42 loss to West Virginia in the Cactus Bowl. Doug Haller wraps up the Sun Devils’ loss to West Virginia in this article.


On to basketball now – how ‘bout this for a comeback? Washington men’s basketball erased a 22-point second-half deficit to beat USC 87-85. Jim Hoehn with the Associated Press recap. Youngin’ Dejounte Murray put up a career-high 29 for the Dawgs.


‘Twas an exciting one in the desert, as Arizona men’s basketball defeated Arizona State 94-82 in Tempe Sunday. Jon Gold of the Arizona Daily Star highlights Ryan Anderson’s strong second-half performance in the Wildcats’ victory, as the Boston College transfer was able to post another double-double. Also of note, Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley got tossed at the end of the game.

Oregon State

Watch the highlights of Oregon State men’s basketball’s 70-57 win over Oregon in Corvallis. The Beavs got 19 points out of Tres Tinkle. That Gary Payton II dunk tho…

Washington State

Good news – you can now contribute to the GoFundMe account for Riley Sorenson’s family while following NCAA guidelines (his father suffered a heart attack before the Sun Bowl). Jacob Thorpe attaches the Washington State press release in the link.


After a loss to Washington State in Pullman Sunday, UCLA men’s basketball is 0-2 in conference play for the second straight year, Jack Wang reminds us. Tons of highs and lows already this season for the Bruins.


Connor Letourneau tells us that Ivan Rabb led Cal to a 71-58 win over Utah with his 19 points and 10 rebounds. Nice weekend for the Golden Bears, beating both Mountain schools by double digits.


The other side of that story is that Cal’s size created problems for Utah, according to Kyle Goon.


Colorado men’s basketball escaped Stanford with a 56-55 win Sunday night, nearly blowing a 16-point second-half lead (Pat Rooney of It’s never a bad thing to get a road split during conference play.


Despite 20 points from Sadie Edwards, USC women’s basketball lost to Oregon State 57-49 at home Saturday to drop to 0-2 in Pac-12 play after a perfect 12-0 non-conference slate.

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