Pac-12 links: James says he wasn't himself
September, 7, 2011
By Ted Miller | ESPN.com
He was smiling. That's right! You know, that, that Luke smile of his. He had it on his face right to the very end. Hell, if they didn't know it 'fore, they could tell right then that they weren't a-gonna beat him. That old Luke smile. Oh, Luke. He was some boy. Cool Hand Luke. Hell, he's a natural-born world-shaker.
- Arizona wide receiver Juron Criner didn't practice again Tuesday, so who's next if he can't go? More here on that.
- Arizona State's depth on both lines just got better.
- There's plenty of crossover from California and Colorado's coaching staffs. Notes from Berkeley.
- Coach Jon Embree doesn't believe Colorado fought hard at California last year. Seats are still available in Boulder for the Cal-Colorado showdown.
- Oregon running back LaMichael James looked tentative against LSU because he wasn't being himself. Neat story about Oregon assistant Scott Frost making a difference as a mentor. Some X's and O's from the LSU-Oregon game.
- Oregon State's quarterback situation is a bit of a muddle, which is pretty surprising. The lone good news out of the Sacramento State defense -- running back Malcolm Agnew -- is now doubtful for the visit to Wisconsin.
- Offensive guard David DeCastro doesn't mince words about Stanford's run blocking against San Jose State, but the new center played well.
- Defensive tackle Brandon Willis talks about his second go-around at UCLA. Some practice notes.
- Running back Marc Tyler's return means it's crowded in USC's backfield.
- Utah quarterback Jordan Wynn's plan is to let loose and throw the ball at USC. The secret for Wynn is more confidence.
- Washington has plenty of Hawaiian presence. Tough talk from Steve Sarkisian is a message to his players.
- Washington State coach Paul Wulff and UNLV coach Bobby Hauck both came from the Big Sky Conference. Wulff talks life after Jeff Tuel and UNLV.
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6:00 PM ET Pittsburgh Bowling Green 9:30 PM ET Utah State 23 Northern Illinois
2:30 PM ET Marshall Maryland 6:00 PM ET Syracuse Minnesota 9:30 PM ET Brigham Young Washington
12:00 PM ET Rutgers Notre Dame 3:20 PM ET Cincinnati North Carolina 6:45 PM ET Miami (FL) 18 Louisville 10:15 PM ET Michigan Kansas State
11:45 AM ET Middle Tennessee Navy 3:15 PM ET Ole Miss Georgia Tech 6:45 PM ET 10 Oregon Texas 10:15 PM ET 14 Arizona State Texas Tech
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