Roundup: Jerry Neuheisel excelling in Japanese football league

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Did you know that former UCLA quarterback Jerry Neuheisel is playing football in Japan? Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times gives us the deets on Neuheisel leading his team to an undefeated record so far in Japan’s X League.


As expected, Stanford women’s soccer cleaned up on the Pac-12 year-end awards, as Andi Sullivan was named Pac-12 Player of the Year and Paul Ratcliffe was named Pac-12 Coach of the Year. The Cardinal enters the NCAA Tournament as the No. 1 overall seed.


Washington is ranked No. 4 in the latest College Football Playoff Top 25, moving up as a result of Texas A&M’s loss to Mississippi State. Right on the heels of the Dawgs are No. 5 Ohio State and No. 6 Louisville.


While the Dawgs are by far the Pac-12’s best shot of having a CFP representative, Colorado jumped up to No. 12 in the College Football Playoff rankings. There may or may not be a path to No. 4 for Colorado – if the Buffs beat Arizona and an 8-2 and potentially top-20 Washington State, the Buffs could very well be a single-digit-ranking team heading into a South-deciding game against what could be a top-12 Utah side. Win that, and maybe the Buffs are looking at No. 6 or 7 heading into a Pac-12 Football Championship Game against a top-4 Washington team? Win that, and maybe that’s enough?


Allonzo Trier wasn’t on the Arizona basketball team’s flight to Hawai’i, Bruce Pascoe reports. The 'Cats open the season against Michigan State.

Oregon State

Gina Mizell reports that Oregon State may institute a two-quarterback system. Marcus McMaryion will start at UCLA, but there’s a good chance Conor Blount will play as well against the Bruins.

Arizona State

Arizona State running back Kalen Ballage is within reach of the school’s single-season rushing touchdown record. Currently at 12, Ballage needs eight to surpass Woody Green’s 19 touchdowns in 1972. He rushed for seven scores in a game earlier this year, so anything is possible (Jeff Metcalfe on the link).

Washington State

Chantel Jennings gives us an update on the Robert Barber situation at Washington State and why he’s not playing for the Cougars right now.


Yeah, giving up 66 points isn’t a good look, but Cal’s offense also struggled against Washington, notes Jeff Faraudo, and the Golden Bears better be able to put up some serious points against Washington State to keep pace with the Cougs.


Scott Wolf tells us that USC’s play-calling has been on point thanks to the following system: Offensive coordinator Tee Martin calls plays on first and second down. Quarterbacks coach Tyson Helton will call the third-down play if it’s a passing down, with head coach Clay Helton giving his two cents between drives.


Chantel Jennings and David Lombardi take a look at why Royce Freeman and Christian McCaffrey aren’t having the seasons many expected.


Here’s our Pac-12 Post Spike Night preview, as No. 19 Utah women’s volleyball hits the road to face No. 16 Oregon. Great job, Kev.

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