Roundup: Colorado shows toughness in win over Arizona State
Brian Howell opines that Colorado football proved it was tough in its win over Arizona State. The physicality helped paved the way to 315 rushing yards for Colorado, as the Buffs are now just one win away from bowl eligibility for the first time since joining the Pac-12.
Bruce Feldman writes that quarterback Sam Darnold has saved USC’s season. Darnold is 3-1 as the Trojans’ starting quarterback, most recently throwing five touchdowns in USC’s obliteration of Arizona.
Giving out some awards at the halfway mark, Kevin Gemmell has Washington quarterback Jake Browning as his mid-season Pac-12 player of the year, Chris Petersen as his mid-season coach of the year and Azeem Victor as his mid-season defensive player of the year, among other awards.
ESPN’s Notre Dame beat writer Matt Fortuna notes that Stanford’s defense took control in the Cardinal’s 17-10 win over Notre Dame. The Cardinal held the Irish scoreless in the second half, and the performance has raised questions about Notre Dame’s QB situation.
Is Utah football for real? That’s the question posed by Kyle Goon after the narrow victory over Oregon State. That Pac-12 South is truly up for grabs.
Jacob Thorpe tells us that Washington State has “rebuilt expectations” at the midway point of the season. The Cougs have won four straight after a disappointing 0-2 start, leaving many fans and writers foaming at the mouth for the Apple Cup to get here.
Staying within a score of now-No. 19 Utah was nice, but Ken Goe wants to see Oregon State develop a passing attack ASAP.
Michael Lev notes that Arizona’s issues on fourth-down have been a sticking point this season. The ‘Cats are just 2-5 and 0-4 in Pac-12 play following a blowout loss to the Trojans.
Thuc Nhi Nguyen looks at UCLA football’s struggles in the month of October, as the Bruins have now had consecutive losses in October for the fourth straight season following the 27-21 loss to Wazzu Saturday night.
Rusty Simmons lets us know how Cal football used its bye week. Healing time for the players, while Sonny Dykes got to spend some time with his newborn baby boy.
Oregon coach Mark Helfrich says his football team is “winning the day” most of the time as of late, making the comments in an interview with ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi that aired on College GameDay (Joel Odom, The Oregonian/OregonLive).
The football team didn’t look good in Boulder, but Arizona State ice hockey got its first win over a ranked opponent Sunday, taking down No. 18 Air Force 5-2.