Admittedly, this is a day late, but Linda Lappe and Co. are finally getting some of the respect they deserve, as the Colorado women’s basketball team is No. 25 in the AP poll. It’s the first time the Buffs have been ranked since 2008. Their ranking gives the Pac-12 its fourth top-25 team in the AP poll, as Colorado joins Stanford (número uno), Cal (ocho) and UCLA (12 – or doce, to stay consistent) in the AP rankings.
Quite the turnaround thus far in Salt Lake City. With a win over SMU last night, the Utes could have surpassed their 2011-12 win total. And guess what – they did! Utah beat the Mustangs, 62-53, thanks to freshman Brandon Taylor making the most of rare minutes.
After beating fifth-ranked Florida, the Cats were all about getting back to business and avoiding a letdown. That’s exactly what happened last night, when Arizona stayed on a roll with an 89-64 beatdown of an Oral Roberts team that has sprung a few upsets in its days.
UCLA was a preseason top-15 team because of its star-studded freshman class that included Shabazz Muhammad, Kyle Anderson and Tony Parker. Am I leaving anyone out? Oh yeah, that’s right – there’s also Jordan Adams, who is alright with being the forgotten man in the freshman class. He has been a beast all season, and that continued last night when Adams poured in 24 in an 89-70 win over Long Beach State.
Andrew Andrews returns to practice, Scott Suggs is averaging 20 points per game over the last three contests since coming back from injury and an upcoming four-game road trip isn’t a make or break for the Huskies: these are just some of Percy Allen’s notes from Lorenzo Romar’s press conference.
Stanford couldn’t cash in on a prime non-conference road victory last night as the Cardinal fell by nine points to NC State despite another monster game from Dwight Powell. On the gridiron, David Shaw has been named a finalist for the Paul “Bear” Bryant Coach of the Year Award.
These bowl games are starting to creep up, and as such, the Oregon Ducks are to begin planning in earnest for Kansas State and Collin Klein. Just about two weeks till the Fiesta Bowl…
Meanwhile, the Beavers will take an improved running game with them to Texas for the Alamo Bowl, just one of the many things that took an upswing in Oregon State’s turnaround 2012 campaign.
Yes, Matt Barkley plans on playing in El Paso, but he’s not practicing right now and won’t until at least Dec. 26. That means USC is commencing the 2013 QB battle between Cody Kessler and Max Wittek with Sun Bowl preparations.
The Sun Devil defense has been a huge reason why the Forks were able to have improved success in 2012, and defensive coordinator Paul Randolph is the engine that runs Arizona State’s defense.
Cougar fans, say farewell to Jeff Tuel. He won’t try for a fifth season in the Palouse and will instead enter the NFL Draft. According to some scouts, he figures to be a late-round prospect.
Can’t wait for the Bear Raid? Me neither, but for the meantime, you can understand it a little better by taking a closer look at Sonny Dykes and the diamond formation, courtesy of California Golden Blogs.