Pac-10 Morning: ASU opponent Georgia isn't a finished product
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Here's a musing: What's the over-under on rushing yards for UCLA (nation's worst rushing offense at 19 yards per game) against Washington State (nation's worst run defense at 330 yards yielded per game)? Now there's an Oct. 4 story line when the Bruins and Cougars clash.
- Georgia's offensive talent impresses Arizona State, though the Bulldogs also are looking for answers on their O-line.
- Arizona needs to win at UCLA to score with So-Cal recruits. A key is not letting UCLA QB Kevin Craft get his confidence back.
- California is using bye week practices to hit and perhaps make a few position shifts, but the bad news is touted freshman WR Marvin Jones hurt his knee Wednesday.
- Here's a bet that both offenses get creative when Oregon and Boise State strap it on Saturday. Not to go too far but it's possible that Oregon's QB of the future -- Chris Harper -- could shortly become it's QB of the present. But Jeremiah Masoli isn't chopped liver either.
- Oregon State LB Isaiah Cook has improved on the field, but that's not the best part of his story. Some notes.
- Stanford must contain this trio of San Jose State Spartans, which has a surprising advantage at QB.
- Brian Dohn looks to psychologists for an explanation of UCLA's peculiar recent history of inexplicable wins and losses. Good stuff. Odds are that RB Kahlil Bell won't play against Arizona. The running game needs him. There's a new guy calling the shots from the middle of the defense. OG Darius Savage owns a lot of upside.
- USC QB Mitch Mustain hoped for better than No. 3 on the depth chart. The Trojans' depth at LB might be about to get better because Chris Galippo's back is healing. It's unclear whether CB Shareece Wright will face any type of suspension for his resisting arrest charges. Checking in on the freshmen. And consider this from Dan Weber's notebook:
"'Easy"' was one word defensive end Kyle Moore used after missing practice two days last week with back spasms before having the game of his life (eight tackles, a fumble recovery, two tackles for loss for 19 yards, including a sack for 15).
"You can tell they don't practice full speed," Moore said of the massive Buckeyes who made it "easy" to fly past them.
"They were still getting into their [first blocking] move, and we'd already be into our second move [on defense] and past them," Moore said.
- Thoughts from Bob Condotta on the new Washington AD. Thoughts from Art Thiel, who wrote about what a mess the search was a day ago. Notable from his column: "[School president Mark] Emmert said he made the decision last week. When I talked with Woodward on Monday for a column Wednesday, he never let on that he had the job, speaking as if others were still in the hunt (heads up to football coach Tyrone Willingham: Assume nothing in your conversations)." Woodward's background, by the way, is in politics and as a lobbyist.
- Washington State appears to be madly shuffling personnel in search of the right combination. That includes the well-traveled Alfonso Jackson