Thursday, September 4, 2008
Pac-10 Morning: Arizona in search of 2-0
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
They say fans improve the most between week one and week two.
- Factoid of the day for Arizona, courtesy of the Arizona Daily Star: "The Wildcats have won their first two games just eight times in the last 20 seasons. Four of those times, Arizona went on to make a bowl game." Coach Mike Stoops, in his fifth season in Tucson, hasn't started 2-0. Perhaps that's why practices have been intense.
- It's brother vs. brother for Arizona State-Stanford. ASU Injury update, with news on WR Michael Jones. More on walk-on CB Pierre Singfield's ascension to the starting lineup.
- California coach Jeff Tedford isn't thrilled with starting Pac-10 play so early. Appears that WR Michael Calvin will be healthy for the trip to Washington State, where his team will re-encounter a former teammate who's now playing for the Cougars.
- Oregon QB Justin Roper is back at practice. He's got some good guys to throw to because the WR corps is deep. Catching up with Oregon LB Spencer "Beverly Hills" Paysinger, and DT Cole "The Graduate" Linehan. The NFL Players Association is looking into the Fenuki Tupou-agent controversy.
- Oregon State safety Al Afalava talks about tough lessons and sticky rice. It may be time to give up on touted JC DE transfer Simi Kuli playing this season.
- Stanford's pass rush will challenge Arizona State. More on the Gerhart family reunion.
- UCLA is going high-tech in recruiting. The offensive line did better than expected, but it's probably time to move on from the Tennessee victory. Buried amid injury news: The return of safety Bret Lockett.
- USC RB Allen Bradford is playing the part of Ohio State's Beanie Wells this week. It appears LB Luther Brown is ready to return, which helps the LB depth. Mark Sanchez talks about a variety of topics.
- Jerry Brewer says fans need to chill on their Tyrone Willingham rage. BYU runs a hybrid offense, which Huskies DC Ed Donatell will try to slow down after the D played poorly at Oregon.
- Injuries are hobbling Washington State, with both starting guards now at risk for missing the home opener against California, and it appears that WR Jeshua Anderson will not be available as originally hoped. At least Martin Stadium will look good.