Roundup: College Football Playoff implications abound in Washington-Utah


Eddie Timanus of USA TODAY Sports believes that the Washington-Utah game will have the biggest impact on the College Football Playoff landscape this week. You could argue that both teams need to win out to stay in the CFP race.


Ahead of Utah’s big game against No. 4 U-Dub, Nicole Auerbach of USA TODAY Sports looks at Utah running back Joe Williams’ return from retirement. He’s amassed 511 yards and five rushing touchdowns on 63 carries in his two games back. Wow.


Sam Darnold and Ronald Jones led USC’s offensive outburst against Cal, as Darnold threw five touchdown passes and Jones rushed for a career-high 223 yards in the 45-24 win over the Bears (AP). The Trojans have now won four straight after a 1-3 start to stay within striking distance of the Pac-12 South.


After losing to USC, Cal coach Sonny Dykes called the Pac-12 scheduling a “disaster.” The Golden Bears played last Friday night, while USC was on a bye.


Kevin Gemmell thinks it’s a smart move for Arizona to move wide receiver Samajie Grant to running back considering all the injuries the Wildcats have had in the backfield. The ‘Cats host Stanford Saturday night.

Oregon State

The Oregonian/OregonLive gives us its five lingering questions for the Oregon State-Washington State game, in slideshow form no less.

Washington State

Jacob Thorpe looks at the recruiting process of Washington State linebacker Dylan Hanser. It ain’t easy for a Montana guy to catch the eyes of FBS and Power 5 head coaches.


Foster Langsdorf scored two goals to lead No. 9 Stanford men’s soccer past Oregon State 3-0 (Pac-12 Networks highlights). With a draw or win against Washington Sunday, the Cardinal will claim its third consecutive Pac-12 crown.


Michael Lee of Yahoo Sports features Russell Westbrook in this article, discussing his career and the outlook for Westbrook and the Thunder sans KD (so far, so good through one game).


Pat Rooney tells us that Colorado volleyball is trying to regroup for the second half of Pac-12 play, and it doesn’t start off easy – at the Los Angeles schools. The Buffs are 4-6 in league play at the turn but have beaten Penn State, UCLA and Wazzu this year.

Arizona State

Craig Morgan of takes a look at the Chinese coaches education exchange that is happening at Arizona State. There’s a coaching education alliance between the Pac-12, ASU, Utah the Federation University Sports China and Chinese Scholarship Council, and Arizona State’s track, swimming and basketball coaches are in the process of training 98 Chinese coaches.

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