NCF Nation: Bryan Anger
Here's our shot at it. You surely will be outraged over the player from your team who got left out.
With our evaluation, NFL careers came into play with only the offensive linemen because they are so difficult to compare.
RB Reggie Bush, USC: The 2005 Heisman Trophy winner was one of the most dynamic players in college football history. (Bush returned the Heisman in 2012.)
RB LaMichael James, Oregon: Two-time first-team All-Pac-12, 2010 Doak Walker Award winner and unanimous All-American finished his career ranked second in Pac-12 history in rushing yards (5,082) and TDs (53). Nips other stellar RBs such as Arizona's Ka'Deem Carey, Stanford's Toby Gerhart and USC's LenDale White.
WR Mike Hass, Oregon State: Two-time first-team All-Pac-12 and 2005 Biletnikoff Award winner was the first Pac-12 player to record three consecutive seasons over 1,000 yards receiving. His 3,924 receiving yards ranks third all time in the conference. This, of course, could have been fellow Beaver Brandin Cooks or USC's Marqise Lee, who both also won the Biletnikoff Award.
WR Dwayne Jarrett, USC: A two-time consensus All-American, he set the Pac-12 standard with 41 touchdown receptions.
TE Marcedes Lewis, UCLA: A 2005 consensus All-American and John Mackey Award winner as the nation's best tight end. Caught 21 career TD passes.
OL David Yankey, Stanford: A unanimous All-American in 2013, he was a consensus All-American and Morris Trophy winner as the Pac-12's best offensive lineman in 2012.
OL Sam Baker, USC: A 2006 consensus All-American and three-time first-team All-Pac-12 performer.
OL Ryan Kalil, USC: Won the 2006 Morris Trophy. Two-time first-team All-Pac-12.
OL David DeCastro, Stanford: A unanimous All-American in 2011 and two-time first-team All-Pac-12 performer.
OL Alex Mack, California: A two-time winner of the Morris Trophy as the Pac-12's best offensive lineman (2007 & 2008).
K Kai Forbath, UCLA: Consensus All-American and Lou Groza Award winner in 2009. Made 84.16 percent of his field goals, which is nearly 5 percent better than any other kicker in conference history.
LB Rey Maualuga, USC: Was a consensus All-American and won the Bednarik Award as the nation's top defensive player in 2008. Three-time first-team All-Pac-12.
LB Trent Murphy, Stanford: 2013 consensus All-American and two-time first-team All-Pac-12 performer.
LB Anthony Barr, UCLA: Consensus All-American 2013 and two-time first-team All-Pac-12.
DL Will Sutton, Arizona State: Two-time Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year and Morris Trophy winner in 2012 and 2013. Consensus All-American in 2012.
DL Haloti Ngata, Oregon: A consensus All-American and Morris Trophy winner in 2005.
DL Rien Long, Washington State: Won the Outland Trophy and was a consensus All-American in 2002.
DL Terrell Suggs, Arizona State: A unanimous All-American in 2002 after setting NCAA single-season record with 24 sacks. Won the Lombardi Trophy. Two-time first-team All-Pac-12.
CB Chris McAlister, Arizona: Unanimous All-American in 1998. Three-time first-team All-Pac-12.
CB Antoine Cason, Arizona: Won the Thorpe Award as the nation's best defensive back in 2007. Two-time first-team All-Pac-12.
S Troy Polamalu, USC: Two-time All-Pac-10 and consensus All-American in 2002.
S Taylor Mays, USC: A three-time All-American, he was a consensus All-American in 2008. Two-time first-team All-Pac-12.
P Bryan Anger, California: A three-time first-team All-Pac-12 selection and two-time Ray Guy semifinalist.
1. Maynard's mechanics: It's no coincidence that California played better when QB Zach Maynard rediscovered his accuracy. During the four-game stretch to end the season when the Bears won three and nearly upset rival Stanford, he completed 68 percent of his passes with five TDs and just one pick. The Bears won't be able to just run at this Texas defense, but the Longhorns also own one of the nation's best pass defenses. Maynard will need to be at his best, but -- most important -- he must protect the football.
2. Field position: Texas is good in the return game but bad at punting. Cal is bad in the return game but good at punting. In games in which the offenses are conservative and the defenses strong, field position is a major issue. Cal's chances go up if it's starting drives near midfield, while Texas finds itself starting on its 20. That hangs on big Bryan Anger punts either getting downed or forcing fair catches.
3. Isi and fronting the seven: It's hard to imagine Cal losing if it outrushes Texas, a team that is very limited passing the football. That means a solid Bears run defense will need to be at its best against a strong Texas rushing attack, and underrated Bears RB Isi Sofele needs to announce himself with authority. Sofele didn't get much attention this year, despite rushing for 1,270 yards, because the Pac-12 was loaded with elite running backs. He could make a statement that he merits attention in 2012 by hitting the 100-yard mark against a tough Longhorns defense.
Feel free to disagree.
QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
RB LaMichael James, Oregon
RB Chris Polk, Washington
TE David Paulson, Oregon
WR Juron Criner, Arizona
WR Jermaine Kearse, Washington
OL Jonathan Martin, Stanford
OL Matt Kalil, USC
OL David DeCastro, Stanford
OL Ryan Miller, Colorado
OL Tony Bergstrom, Utah
K Erik Folk, Washingon
DE Nick Perry, USC
DT Alameda Ta'amu, Washington
DE Junior Onyeali, Arizona State
LB Vontaze Burfict, Arizona State
LB Shayne Skov, Stanford
LB Mychal Kendricks, California
LB Chase Thomas, Stanford
CB Cliff Harris, Oregon
CB Nickell Robey, USC
S T.J. McDonald, USC
S Delano Howell, Stanford
P Bryan Anger, California
PR Cliff Harris, Oregon
KR Robert Woods, USC
For comparison, here is the coaches team, which was announced Tuesday.
We didn't include a tight end because receiver was a far deeper position. And, unlike the coaches, we didn't make a wishbone backfield just to accomodate Stanford's Owen Marecic. Instead, we made up a specialist position for a guy who starts at both fullback and linebacker: "STUD."
So here you go.
QB Andrew Luck, So., Stanford
RB LaMichael James, So., Oregon
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Jr., Oregon State
WR Juron Criner, Jr., Arizona
WR Jeff Maehl, Sr., Oregon
WR Jermaine Kearse, Jr., Washington
OL Chase Beeler, Sr., Stanford
OL Colin Baxter, Sr., Arizona
OL Tyron Smith, Jr., USC
OL Bo Thran, Sr., Oregon
OL Jonathan Martin, Jr., Stanford
DL Brandon Bair, Sr., Oregon
DL Cameron Jordan, Sr., California
DL Stephen Paea, Sr., Oregon State
DL Jurrell Casey, Jr., USC
LB Chase Thomas, So., Stanford
LB Mason Foster, Sr., Washington
LB Casey Matthews, Sr., Oregon
DB Talmadge Jackson, Sr., Oregon
DB Omar Bolden, Jr., Arizona State
DB Delano Howell, Jr., Stanford
DB John Boyett, So., Oregon
PK Nate Whitaker, Sr., Stanford
P Bryan Anger, Jr., California
KOR Robert Woods, Fr., USC
PR Cliff Harris, So., Oregon
STUD (FB-LB) Owen Marecic, Sr., Stanford
Team of the week: Oregon State was left for dead -- understandably -- after getting pushed around at home by Washington State on Nov. 13, thereby ending the Cougars 16-game Pac-10 losing streak. But there was a Beavers resurrection Saturday during a 36-7 stomping of USC.
Best game: Considering all three games this past week were decided by at least 17 points, there really wasn't a "best" game. But Stanford's overwhelming performance on both defense and offense in the Big Game at California was very impressive -- making it easy to point to the Cardinal as the nation's best one-loss team.
Offensive standout: Not to be redundant but Luck was nearly perfect in the Big Game. He completed 16-of-20 for 235 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions and ran three times for 72 yards.
Defensive standout: USC just couldn't block Oregon State DT Stephen Paea, whose six tackles -- 2.5 for a loss with a sack and a forced fumble -- don't completely tell the story of how much of a nuisance he was to the Trojans.
Special teams standout: The only bright side for Cal might have been punter Bryan Anger, who averaged 54.3 yards on three punts, with a long of 71 yards. Two of the three were killed inside the Cardinal 20-yard line.
Smiley face: Good for Washington and Oregon State getting off the carpet and keeping bowl hopes -- albeit slim ones -- alive. The Beavers had lost three of four conference games, including the aforementioned face plant versus the Cougs, while the Huskies had suffered three consecutive blowout losses before upending UCLA. Showing resilience is a good thing.
Frowny face: Everyone wondered when USC would stop showing up this year due to NCAA sanctions killing postseason possibilities. Then we got so far into the season, it seemed possible they'd show up every week. Wrong. The debacle at Oregon State was embarrassing. A completely lifeless effort on offense against a struggling, injury-riddled defense.
Thought of the week: Washington's visit to California feels meaningful, and not just because it's a bowl-eligibility-elimination game. Both programs are looking for a November uptick for grumpy fan bases after disappointing seasons. If Cal wins, it could end up in the Holiday Bowl, and even the Sun Bowl is a heck of a destination for a 6-6 team. Same for the Huskies, though they also will need to win at rival Washington State on Dec. 4 to earn a sixth victory.
Questions for the week: Is there a major upset on tap? Top-ranked Oregon plays host to No. 21 Arizona and No. 6 Stanford gets a visit from again formidable Oregon State. Can both home teams survive and keep hopes for two BCS bowl teams -- and an extra $4.5 million for the conference -- alive?
The big names: Start with two Lou Groza Award winning kickers: UCLA's Kai Forbath (2009) and Arizona State's Thomas Weber (2007). Then there's Oregon State's Justin Kahut, who made 22 of 27 field goals with a long of 50, and Washington's Erik Folk, who was 18 for 21 with a long of 48. As for the punters, Arizona State's Trevor Hankins ranked No. 1 in the Pac-10 and 10th in the nation in punting (44.2 yards per punt), while UCLA's Jeff Locke (43.6) was 16th in the nation and Washington State's Reid Forrest (43.2) was 21st. Oh, and California's Bryan Anger might have the biggest foot of everyone; he dropped a conference-high 24 punts inside the 20 last year.
Why is it thin? Four of the six linebackers who made up the first and second All-Pac-10 teams are gone as are five of the 11 LBs who earned honorable mention. Only two teams -- USC and Oregon -- welcome back all of their starting LBs from 2009, and a big story this spring was the Trojans lack of depth at the position, while the Ducks moved Eddie Pleasant to safety (in large part because of depth at the position). Arizona is replacing all three starting linebackers, while Arizona State, Oregon State and UCLA only have one returning starter at the position (though the Beavers outside linebacker platoon of Dwight Roberson and Keith Pankey probably should count as more than one starter).
Fill the void? This is not a "strength" position, but the cupboard is hardly empty: UCLA's Akeem Ayers, California's Mike Mohamed and Arizona State's Vontaze Burfict are All-American candidates, while Oregon's Casey Matthews earned second-team All-Pac-10 honors in 2009 and Washington's Mason Foster is a likely breakout player. The Ducks, in particular, are fast and deep at linebacker, while the Sun Devils aren't far behind in terms of young talent.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
It's never easy to put a preseason all-conference list together. Should you project forward or look back? How do you choose between three A-list cornerbacks or leave off a couple of deserving defensive ends?
Perhaps this list will be much different by mid-December.
QB Jeremiah Masoli, Oregon
RB Jahvid Best, California
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
WR Damian Williams, USC
WR James Rodgers, Oregon State
TE Rob Gronkowski, Arizona
C Kristofer O'Dowd, USC
OG Jeff Byers, USC
OG Colin Baxter, Arizona
OT Charles Brown, USC
OT Shawn Lauvao, Arizona State
K Kai Forbath, UCLA
DE Will Tukuafu, Oregon
DT Brian Price, UCLA
DT Stephen Paea, Oregon State
DE Dexter Davis, Arizona State
LB Keaton Kristick, Oregon State
LB Reggie Carter, UCLA
LB Mike Nixon, Arizona State
CB Walter Thurmond, Oregon
CB Syd'Quan Thompson, California
FS Taylor Mays, USC
SS Cam Nelson, Arizona
P Bryan Anger, California
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Helmet stickers for those who stood out during the weekend's games.
Sean Canfield: Canfield is now 3-0 as the Beavers quarterback -- two wins as the starter, one win coming off the bench early in the second quarter for starter Lyle Moevao against Arizona State. The 19-17 win over Arizona, however, was by far his most demanding task and best effort. He completed 20 of 32 passes (63 percent) for 224 yards with a touchdown and, most importantly, no interceptions. And he was money on the game-winning drive, going 3-for-3 for 73 yards, including the critical 47-yard heave to a Sammie Stronger. Canfield has completed 56 of 84 passes for 703 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions in relief of Moevao. Is there a question of who should start against Oregon in the Civil War, even if Moevao's shoulder is better?
Jahvid Best: I want to go "SEEE!" on this one. Spent a lot of time early in the season enthusing about the skills of Cal's Jahvid Best, but he's been banged up and the Bears O-line has been banged up so Best's game-breaking talent didn't go viral. But, golly, he had himself a day against Stanford: 19 rushes for 201 yards and two touchdowns and three receptions for 35 yards and a score. If Jeff Tedford sets him loose against Washington, he could gain 300 yards.
Louis Bland: Bland, a Washington State freshman, might be the Pac-10's smallest linebacker at 5-foot-10 and 203 pounds -- a generous listing, by the way. But he had seven tackles with three coming for a loss in the Cougars' 16-13 double overtime win over Washington in the Apple Cup. What those numbers don't show you is that two of those tackles for a loss killed consecutive Huskies overtime possessions. The Huskies faced a second-and-4 from the Cougars' 6-yard line in the first OT -- a touchdown wins the game -- and Bland tackled Willie Griffin for a 2-yard loss, creating a third-and-long. The Huskies face a second-and-3 from the Cougars 18-yard line and Bland tackled Terrance Dailey for a 2-yard loss, creating another third-and-long. Big plays at big times from a little guy.
Zack Follett played with a lot of Bryan Anger: We're not supposed to give out a whole heap of helmet stickers, but it would be inconceivable to not salute the efforts of Cal linebacker Zach Follett and punter Bryan Anger. Anger, a freshman and owner of perhaps the biggest foot in the nation, crushed punts of 76 and 75 yards and averaged 60.2 yards on four kicks for the game, a school record. Meanwhile, Follett likely earned himself a first-team All-Pac-10 spot at linebacker with five tackles for a loss, which gives him a conference-leading 18.5 on the season. That's the best single-game total for a Bear since 2002.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Ten things to consider, underline or anticipate heading into the weekend.
1. California's offensive line will struggle vs. USC's D-front: Every offensive line struggles with USC's defensive front. But consider that four players -- including guard Noris Malele, who is questionable -- from the Bears first unit during the preseason won't play Saturday. We harped on this before the Oregon game and the replacement line did fine. But Oregon's defense doesn't rate the same as the Trojans, unquestionably the nation's best crew.
2. Arizona is going to run. And run. And run.: Washington State ranks 118th in the nation in run defense, yielding 275 yards per game. The Cougars have surrendered 323, 362 and 344 yards on the ground in their last three games, so things are actually trending downward. So Arizona tailbacks Nic Grigsby and Keola Antolin should have a lot of fun in Pullman.
3. UCLA jinx vs. UCLA jinxed: Oregon State coach Mike Riley has never beaten UCLA. He is 0-5 vs. UCLA as Oregon State's coach and was also 0-4 while offensive coordinator at USC (1993-96). He's beaten every other Pac-10 team at least twice, including USC. But injury-riddled, struggling UCLA just suspended three players for, according to multiple reports, failing a drug test. That's not good for team morale. So which bad juju is more powerful?
4. Stanford's Tavita Pritchard vs. Oregon's Jeremiah Masoli: These two quarterbacks rank eighth and ninth in the Pac-10 in passing. Pritchard has throw more interceptions (9) than touchdowns (8), while Masoli is barely completing 50 percent of his passes. It's possible that passing will be a non-factor in this matchup between two of the conference's best running offenses. But it's also possible that the quarterback who throws better -- or less worse -- will have a significant say in the final score.
5. Will Nate Longshore rise to the moment? It's still possible that Kevin Riley, who was sidelined in the Oregon game with a concussion, will start. But if Longshore gets the call, there's the potential for a storybook ending for his tumultuous career. Longshore as a sophomore looked like a future NFL draft pick. But his tendency to throw bad interceptions at inopportune times soured Bears fans on him. He played well in relief of Riley in the big win over the Ducks, but beating USC is a whole different cup of yogurt. If he leads Cal to the upset, he'll have his legacy win that enshrine him in Golden Bears lore.
6. Good Mark Sanchez vs. Bad Mark Sanchez: The truth is most teams would take any Sanchez. He leads the Pac-10 in passing yards per game, pass efficiency and touchdown passes. It's only that when you play quarterback at USC you're expected to be spectacular just about ALL THE TIME! With a college football nation seemingly salivating over the notion of eliminating USC from the national title hunt, it would be an auspicious time for Good Sanchez to help the Trojans make a dominant statement vs. Cal. The Bears, who lead the nation with 17 interceptions, are hoping for Bad Sanchez.
7. Arizona State's offense will break out at Washington: Washington has the worst pass defense in the country, so Sun Devils quarterback Rudy Carpenter should feast on the Huskies wide-eyed secondary. But coach Dennis Erickson probably would like to see more progress in the running game, seeing that running back Shaun DeWitty just last week gave the offense its first 100-yard rushing game. Don't worry: There's plenty Huskies defense to go around. So share the bounty.
8. Can Craft find consistency? UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft is two weeks removed from his worst all-around performance of the season -- a 17 for 35, four interception effort in the Bruins loss at California. He threw four interceptions earlier this season against Tennessee, but he also led the Bruins to a shocking comeback victory. The enduring image of the Cal game is UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel going haywire each time Craft slogged to the sidelines after a turnover. If the Bruins woeful offense is going to have any chance against Oregon State, Craft's going to have to be more careful with the football.
9. Field position is boring but so, so important: Cal coach Jeff Tedford noted this week how important field position will be against USC. He probably was thinking that after watching film of USC's tight 17-10 victory over Arizona. In that game, Wildcats punter Keenyn Crier averaged 50.3 yards on seven punts, four of which were downed inside the 20-yard line. Arizona made USC play on a long field, which prevented the Trojans from mounting one of those demoralizing, explosive scoring flurries -- the game is close; now it's not! -- that they've become accustomed to. Just so happens the Bears have a good punter, too: Bryan Anger, who averages 44 yards per boot.
10. Any road warriors out there?: Pac-10 teams have been mostly terrible on the road this year -- at least when they aren't playing Washington or Washington State. Visitors in conference games are 8-19, with five of those wins coming in Seattle or Pullman. Well, Arizona is playing for bowl eligibility in Pullman, while Arizona State is trying to end a six-game losing streak in Seattle. They should be plenty motivated to notch the easy win. But what about Cal at USC, trying keep alive its Rose Bowl hopes? Same goes for Oregon State at UCLA. And Stanford could earn bowl eligibility if it upsets Oregon. In other words, there's a lot at stake for road teams this week.
Factoids, notes and quotes from around the Pac-10...
Curious Stat of the Week...
Which team leads the Pac-10 in third-down conversion rate?
0-5 Washington, at 53.2 percent
Bet you didn't see that one coming.
ARIZONA STATE (2-3, 1-1) at USC (3-1, 1-1)
- USC is a perfect 8-0 vs ASU this decade, last losing to the Sun Devils in 1999. Over the eight wins, USC has averaged 39.8 PPG.
- The Trojans are going for their 400th victory at the Coliseum.
- ASU coach Dennis Erickson has faced USC six times with three different Pac-10 teams, going 1-5.
- In USC's 44-34 win last year, the Sun Devils mustered just 16 yards rushing and 259 total yards. USC also racked up six sacks.
ARIZONA (4-1, 2-0) at STANFORD (3-3, 2-1)
- Stanford is only 3-7 at home against Arizona (6-6 in Tucson).
- Stanford has won four of five in the series.
- Arizona leads the Pac-10 and is second in the nation in total defense allowing just 226.2 yards per game.
- Arizona leads the conference in scoring with 43.6 points per game
WASHINGTON STATE (1-5, 0-3) at OREGON STATE (2-3, 1-1)
- In Oregon State's 52-17 win last year, the Beavers running game accounted for 218 yards and six touchdowns. The Beaver defense picked off seven Cougars passes.
- Mike Riley is looking for his 50th victory as Oregon State's coach.
- The Cougars offense has been mostly terrible, but receiver Brandon Gibson ranks second in the Pac-10 in receptions per game (6.0) and third in receiving yards per game (76.7). He's caught at least one pass in 29 straight games, tied with Arizona's Mike Thomas for longest current streak in the conference.
UCLA (2-3, 1-1) at OREGON (4-2, 2-1)
- UCLA is 14-6 in Eugene.
- Last year, the Bruins blanked the then-No. 9 Ducks 16-0. The Bruins defense held Oregon -- which lost quarterback Dennis Dixon the week before when it was upset at Arizona -- to 12 first downs and 148 yards total offense and forced four turnovers. UCLA only had 220 total yards.
- UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft was intercepted four times in the first half of the opener against Tennessee but has thrown just one pick since then and hasn't thrown an interception in three games.
- UCLA has lost 11 of its last 14 road games and has been outscored 423-160 in those losses, according to the LA Times.
They said it...
Arizona State coach Dennis Erickson on his defense in the second half of last weekend's loss at California.
"We played probably as well as the defense has played since I've been here. We ran to the football, played very physical, very aggressive, created a turnover, did a lot of things and took the run away from them."
USC coach Pete Carroll on Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter
"This guy is going to be a good NFL player. He's going to be a high draft pick I think when guys take a look at him."
- Arizona and California own the conference's longest winning streaks: two games.
- The conference is 13-15 in nonconference games with three remaining (USC and Washington vs. Notre Dame; Washington State at Hawaii)
- California has intercepted 10 passes in five games -- tops in the conference --matching the Bears total from all of 2007.
- Oregon State has given up the fewest turnovers in the conference, losing the ball only six times in five games. Washington State has the most, yielding 19 turnovers in six games.
- Arizona has scored touchdowns in 22 of 28 red zone trips.
- California freshman punter Bryan Anger is 7th in the nation with an average of 45.1 yards per boot. He's the only freshman ranked among the top-17 punters, 13 of whom are juniors or seniors.
- Oregon defensive ends Nick Reed and Will Tukuafu are Nos. 1 and 2 in the conference in sacks (six and five) and tackles for a loss (both with 9.5), and the Ducks are tops in the conference with 18 sacks (3.0 per game).
- Washington defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim had three QB sacks last week at Arizona, the Huskies first sacks of the season.
- In 12 Pac-10 games, the home team is 9-3.
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These links are trying to establish a running game.
- Arizona wants to keep the number of people on the sideline manageable, which means some guys don't suit up. QB Willie Tuitama is searching for the perfect game. Toledo has some good receivers who should challenge the Wildcats CBs.
- Arizona State is leaning on its freshman class, with nine in the playing rotation (out of a class of 20). Injured TB Keegan Herring (hamstring) and WR Michael Jones (Achilles) are improved, with Herring being the more questionable for the Stanford game.
- California notes from Thursday's practice, with an injury update calling WR Michael Calvin and P Bryan Anger healthy and OT Mike Tepper not. Calvin should help the WRs, who mostly struggled against Michigan State. Another step forward for building the California training facility.
- Oregon faces a team with no hope, and it only cost $235,000 to lure the Utah State Aggies to their demise. CB Walter Thurmond III will wear the No. 29 jersey in tribute to former Ducks DB Todd Doxey, who drowned this summer. A look at potential QB combinations for both teams.
- Rachel Bachman takes a look at Penn State legend -- and presently divisive figure -- Joe Paterno. With two starting Penn State D-linemen suspended, the Beavers O-line has a chance to shine.
- Stanford's already struggling secondary is down a top reserve for its visit to Arizona State.
- UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel wasn't thrilled with the effort in practice. And that's not good because there are injury holes to fill, including at running back. The freshmen are helping on defense. WR Nelson Rosario sprained his knee at practice Thursday.
- USC's WRs have always been talented, but now they seem to be performing. True freshman OL Tyron Smith and redshirt freshman RB Broderick Green are trying to get into the mix. Speaking of Green, I wish I saw this hit on Rey Maualuga. Trojans are thinking about Buckeyes.
- Washington -- and beleaguered coach Tyrone Willingham -- are looking for a turning point that doesn't turn sour. How much will the Huskies gain from week one to week two? Willingham talks about how the Huskies might attack BYU. Remembering 1984, when BYU won a "national championship" and a clearly superior Washington team didn't.
- Washington State will play California without its best D-lineman, A'i Ahmu, for a half. Ahmu is suspended after missing a court date over minor in possession charges. Injuries are preventing OL continuity.