Pac-10 Morning: Ducks QB Roper should play Saturday
September, 1, 2008
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Seems like everyone outside of the state of Washington is smiling (you Beavers have surely recovered, right?)
- Hard to find too many Arizona negatives after a 70-0 victory, but the coaches will try in order to keep the focus strong for Toledo.
- With its backups in and the score 30-0, Arizona State let up over the final quarter and a half against Northern Arizona. Dennis Erickson doesn't seem worried. The Sun Devils hope to be back in their storm-damaged indoor practice facility this season.
- Final notes from California's victory over Michigan State. The Bears' backfield looks good with Kevin Riley, Jahvid Best and Shane Vereen. But what about Nate Longshore?
- Oregon got good news Sunday: QB Justin Roper should be ready to play vs. Utah State and OT Fenuki Tupou will return after a one-game suspension for receiving improper benefits from a representative of a professional sport management firm. More notes a day after stomping Washington.
- Over at Penn State, folks are wondering if the poor little Beavers will be able to hold up to big, bad Penn State. ESPN Mag on Oregon State WR Sammie Stroughter and his road into and out of depression.
- It will be a Rocky (Top) start for UCLA. The Neuheisel Era begins. Don't expect too much. Freshman safety Rahim Moore gets his intro to college football vs. Tennessee, which is also breaking in a new QB but NOT a new OL.
- USC coach Pete Carroll expects to see Ohio State RB and Heisman Trophy candidate Beanie Wells in two weeks. One of the only negatives in the bludgeoning of Virginia was Joe McKnight's muffed punt return and WR Vidal Hazelton's bum ankle.
- Forgot to link this Sunday... Jerry Brewer on Washington's poor performance at Oregon. What went wrong? The Huskies seemed shocked by how badly they played. And the heat is on Tyrone Willingham.
- No quick fix for Washington State, but there's no reason the Cougars won't improve. There's just a talent gap right now.
- Jake Curtis warns about drawing too many conclusions from Week 1.