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Pac-10 quick hits: Is Sanchez now a Heisman candidate?

8/30/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

EUGENE, Ore. -- From the Autzen Stadium press box:

  • When a USC QB completes 26 of 35 passes for 338 yards and three TDs, it's almost automatic that he joins the short list of Heisman Trophy candidates. So put Mark Sanchez on the list. Seems like a long time ago when we were wondering if he'd suffered a serious knee injury.

  • Wow, that's got to hurt. I was about to type about how good California's 3-4 looks against Michigan State, but then Nate Longshore just ruined a nice drive by throwing an interception on the Spartans goal line. That's the sort of thing that earned him the ire of Bears fans before. I'm guessing there were more than a few grumbles in Strawberry Canyon.

  • Wow, and again. This time pick-six. Wonder if Jeff Tedford will sit him down for the rest of the game. It's clear from this game who Cal's best QB is: Kevin Riley.

  • Not an auspicious debut for Washington State under new coach Paul Wulff. Something positive to take from a 39-13 defeat? The defense played fairly well for three quarters and the offense found its rhythm in the third -- gaining 138 of its 196 total yards in the frame. Guessing there's some work to do on special teams, though.

  • Saw this on the Bleacher Report today: Vegas odds on teams winning the national title. By this measure, USC is No. 1 at 12.5 percent with Ohio State No. 2 at 11.5 percent. Wonder if the Trojans percentage went up after thunderous performance in a 52-7 win over Virginia?

  • 558 to 187: That is the respective yardage totals for USC and Virginia today.