NCF Nation: Josh Gage
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How about Stanford! Glad I picked that upset. Wait. I didn't pick that upset. D'oh.
- As a North Scottsdale resident, I can tell you we had a wicked-crazy storm out here in the desert. For me and my wife, it was just a fancy show of lightning. But down south in Tempe, it was a little uglier, apparently doing severe damage to Arizona State's new, $8.4 million indoor practice facility. Hopefully, this won't scare the Sun Devils freshmen, because a lot of them are going to play, though RB Keegan Herring may not.
- Arizona fans are dying for a winner. They'll get one when the opponent is Idaho. There are more ways than one to play a Gronkowski.
- More on the suspension of California DE Cameron Jordan. So he won't help stop a Ringer. Some notes from practice and a twist.
- Oregon's season preview. Ducks D is motivated. Seattle Times looks at the Mike Bellotti Era.
- The Oregon State perspective on its loss to Stanford.
- Stanford made a statement by beating Oregon State -- it's no longer a pushover. Toby Gerhart was impressive, eh? Game notes. Maybe more Stanford fans will show up next time?
- UCLA wants to be like USC only it wants to be UCLA while it's doing it. Understand? Frosh WR Taylor Embree should help. Debating the Bruins prospects, which hang heavily on the defense.
- It might be wet at Virginia, so turnovers will be a key. But when are they not? The matchups. The weather.
- Washington won't have its starting TE at Oregon. Freshman DT Senio Kelemete will be there though -- and starting. As will former walk-on LB Josh Gage. The always-incisive Steve Rudman looks at past true freshmen starters at Washington.
- Washington State CB Alfonso Jackson says to not count the Cougars out. Four Coug freshmen will start vs. Oklahoma State.
- From the Bleacher Report... team nicknames and their winning percentages.
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Touching all the bases while optimism remains high.
- Arizona receiver Mike Thomas isn't tall, but he's Money. Also, read to the notes portion of the story for this tidbit: "The Arizona Wildcats defense dominated Tuesday's practice." Hmm... is the defense better than some thought... or the offense worse? One thing is certain with the Cats D: LB Ronnie Palmer is the leader.
- Arizona State needs to get even more defensive. Meanwhile, RB Keegan Herring is battling for carries on top of a bevy of backs.
- While it's better to give than to receive -- and QB competitions always get more attention -- California's got bigger issues at WR than QB. Notice that this name keeps coming up: Marvin Jones. Here's a Day 2 practice report. And here's another name to cogitate over: TB Shane Vereen.
- Pitchfork Nation looks at Arizona State's QBs -- past and present. And there's a special gift: A picture of ole No. 7, who attended the Sun Devils opening practice Monday to watch his freshman son play.
- Rob Moseley takes a look at what some believe is the soft spot of Oregon's defense. Here's an update on talented but hurting freshman QB Chris Harper. Meanwhile, Justin Roper doesn't appear eager to step aside for Nate Costa.
- At Oregon State, the Beavers are already banged up. TB Jeremy Francis got hurt and DT Pernnell Booth is hurting. The good news is OT Andy Levitre plans on delivering the hurting.
- It's time for Stanford to finally develop a running game.
- The tempo is up at UCLA. Brian Dohn provides an impression. The Press-Enterprise checks in on QB Ben Olson, the LA Times considers the secondary and the Orange County Register wants to know who the heck these guys are.
- It begins today at USC. But first, the paperwork. Scott Wolf checks in with Mark Sanchez.
- Molly Yanity chats with the former walk-on who will replace Washington LB E.J. Savannah: Josh Gage. Molly also has some good notes, including this encouraging paragraph about center Juan Garcia: "Center Juan Garcia's sprained left foot is healing at an impressive rate. Originally expected to miss most of the season, Garcia is possibly a week away from contact drills." Don Ruiz has more on Garcia's recovery.
- It's way early, but Washington State's players say it's obvious there's a new sheriff in town. And another take on the opening of practice. And another.