Pac-12: Andy Roof

Who's going to win? Picking the Pac-10, Week 1

August, 28, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

For entertainment purposes only. And if I'm wrong, I'm guessing you'll be entertained.

Oregon State 24, Stanford 20: This smelled like a potential Stanford upset, but then the Cardinal got hit with a couple of injuries on the OL and at WR, so the Beavers get the nod in a game that figures to be low scoring. Oregon State's biggest edge is at the skill positions, and here's a guess that QB Lyle Moevao will be much smoother this season distributing the ball.

Oklahoma State 38, Washington State 24: The Cougars were hit hard by bad news this week with DT Andy Roof being kicked out of school and OT Dan Rowlands retiring due to recurring shoulder problems. The Cougars are thin on both lines. Meanwhile, the Cowboys' offensive line boasts 89 career starts, which makes this a mismatch up front.

USC 42, Virginia 10: The biggest point of interest here is how well USC QB Mark Sanchez plays after his rapid recovery from a dislocated knee. It's also worth watching to see how Pete Carroll distributes the ball among his six tailbacks. And you might want to catch the nation's best defense. Virginia is rebuilding, with just 11 starters back, and the Trojans don't do that. 

California 28, Michigan State 24: This might be the best matchup of the weekend. Kevin Riley surged late to win the Bears QB job over Nate Longshore, but Longshore is expected to see some action. Will TB Jahvid Best put on a show? Speaking of shows, Spartans tailback Javon Ringer and a huge OL will test the Bears' new 3-4 look.

Oregon 35, Washington 24: Justin Roper takes over Oregon's spread-option offense after Nate Costa went down with a knee injury, and his strong performance in the Sun Bowl suggests he is fully capable. He'll get a lot of help from Jeremiah Johnson and LeGarrette Blount in the backfield and an offensive line that should have its way with the young Huskies front. A Washington upset will require a spectacular performance from QB Jake Locker, which is not beyond the realm of possibility.

Arizona 44, Idaho 20: Arizona needs a fast start and it will get it here. The veteran Wildcats offense should look good out of the gate, even without outstanding TE Rob Gronkowski. Moreover, the young defense probably will build up its confidence against an overmatched Idaho offense.

Arizona State 48, Northern Arizona 17: The Sun Devils get a preseason game. They might want to recall Appalachian State at Michigan a year ago and remember to show up.

Tennessee 27, UCLA 17: New UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel's debut is a tough one, with an SEC power coming to town. The UCLA defense and special teams could keep this one close, but the offense  -- even with guru Norm Chow calling the shots -- figures to struggle mightily against a tough Vols DL.   

Pac-10 Morning: What is Neuheisel pointing at?

August, 27, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

Happy College Football Eve!

Washington State DT Roof expelled

August, 26, 2008

Posted by's Ted Miller

Washington State's senior defensive tackle Andy Roof has been expelled from school for repeated conducted violations, according to a ruling Tuesday from the university's Student Conduct Board.

Roof sat out the 2007 season because he was suspended from school following three separate alcohol-related violations. He was arrested in April after a fight at a party, but prosecutors have not filed charges.

The decision to dismiss Roof, a backup on the defensive line, didn't sit well with new Cougars coach Paul Wulff.

"I was very disappointed when I heard the decision," Wulff said in a statement. "Since I arrived on campus Andy has been a great leader for this program, on the field, in the locker room, in the classroom, and done everything we asked, that we ask of all student-athletes. From where he was a year ago he has changed his life around 180 degrees and as a coaching staff we have seen the positive impact he made on this program."

While you were on vacation... Washington State

July, 11, 2008
Posted by's Ted Miller

The final of 10 quick hit updates of off-season Pac-10 goings on.

In a sentence:

  • New coach Paul Wulff inherited a team laden with questions and riddled with off-field issues, but the former Cougar player did a good job connecting with fans that appeared to buy into his vision of a winning future.

The big question:

  • He's got one of the Pac-10's best receivers in Brandon Gibson, but can new quarterback Gary Rogers effectively lead an offense transitioning to Wulff's no-huddle attack?

Quick hit news:

  • The Cougars made news in the offseason and much of it wasn't good. First, the Cougars lost eight scholarships after failing to meet NCAA Academic Progress Rate standards. Then, the Seattle Times did a story on 25 player arrests over the last 18 months.
  • Safety Xavier Hicks, included in the list above, has been suspended for the first three games of the season after pleading guilty to two gross misdemeanors and serving 45 days in jail.
  • A final decision on the status of defensive lineman Andy Roof hasn't been made yet. Roof also ran into trouble a few times.
  • Running back Dwight Tardy is healthy again after undergoing knee surgery last fall. Tardy led the Cougars with 676 yards rushing despite missing the final four games. He and Chris Ivory figure to split carries in the backfield.
  • In light of the off-field problems, Wulff opted to cut loose quarterback recruit Calvin Schmidtke of Tacoma because of a number of traffic and controlled-substance violations.
  • Part of the renovation of Martin Stadium is a fancy new scoreboard.