News from the weekend

Hey, you take your second day off since Aug. 28 and lots of stuff happens. Go figure.

  • Big blow for Arizona losing senior center Colin Baxter for the Valero Alamo Bowl, which would have been his 49th consecutive start. Baxter taking care of a knee injury now -- an injury he played through late in the season -- will help his NFL prospects. It also will give sophomore Kyle Quinn his first career start against Oklahoma State as he becomes the Wildcats' center of the present instead of the future.

  • USC recruiting also got some expected good news over the weekend from receiver George Farmer, the No. 13 overall player on the ESPNU 150.

  • Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck became the second consecutive Cardinal to finish second for the Heisman Trophy. And here's some reaction from Oregon running back LaMichael James, who finished third in the Heisman Trophy voting behind Newton and Luck: “Just finishing in the top four … I think that’s a bonus for me and the program,” he told George Schroeder.

  • James, a consensus All-American, also made the FWAA All-American team along with Cliff Harris, who made it as a punt returner.