Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Your hump day links.
- The world's most ridiculous protest is over: The California Tree Sitters were forced from their seats. The Bears are happy. As for the football side of things, here are some notes.
- Arizona LB Sterling Lewis did a good job stepping in for Xavier Kelly (sprained ankle) and will start at New Mexico. The Reed brothers, Arizona's Brooks and New Mexico's Lucas, won't face off because Lucas is redshirting.
- Despite a couple of pass-interference flags, Arizona State CB Omar Bolden is going to play his style. The Sun Devils LBs are hurting. Is GameDay coming for the Georgia game? Also here.
- Oregon will be tested by Purdue QB Curtis Painter. RB Jeremiah Johnson returned to practice on a limited basis after injuring his shoulder. Scouting Purdue. Oregon has run well.
- No extreme depth chart changes for Oregon State in this full report from Mike Riley's press conference. It's time for the Beavers to play team defense.
- Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh said that QB Tavita Pritchard remains his starter but other QBs will play against TCU Saturday, and that may include freshman Andrew Luck. So there's no QB controversy -- understand? A Stanford WR is unimpressed with one thing about TCU: its schedule.
- It appears that UCLA RB Kahlil Bell won't play at BYU. Yes, there is a little bit of a revenge angle for the Bruins, who are banged up. UCLA OC Norm Chow heads back to BYU.
- A view of USC from an Ohio columnist. And one from LA: Bill Plaschke thinks the Trojans should be plenty motivated by comments from an Ohio State WR about "class." RB Joe McKnight pretends to be OSU freshman QB Terrelle Pryor. Ohio State is playing for more than just a big-game win. Mark Sanchez feels good about his WRs.
- Washington LB E.J. Savannah is gone, granted his release from the Huskies. Unheralded freshman David Freeman takes over at RB. Art Thiel considers the plight of Jake Locker.
- Washington State will platoon QBs Gary Rogers and Kevin Lopina, who has moved up the depth chart. It's not a QB controversy -- it's looking for a spark.
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