Matt Barkley hasn’t had the year many thought he would, but that doesn’t mean the Trojans are out of Heisman Trophy candidates. Just look at one his targets in Marqise Lee, who has more than 500 receiving yards over the last two weeks. Yesterday, the folks in the USC athletic department released a promo video for Marqise Lee for the Heisman and other awards.
The list of talented wide receivers doesn’t stop in Southern California. Heck, the folks in Corvallis think Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton are making a case for being the best receiving duo in the Pac-12.
Yesterday, we looked at Oregon’s offense vs. Alabama’s defense. Now the conversation shifts to the Ducks and the Irish, and Aaron Fentress of the Oregonian writes that the Oregon vs. Notre Dame argument is fueled by regional bias because, you know, living in San Jose, I can’t find any argument that puts Notre Dame in the same conversation as Oregon to be reasonable.
You know what happened 20 years ago yesterday? Arizona defeated No. 1 Washington 16-3 to snap the Huskies’ 22-game winning streak. ‘Twas a game that really put the Desert Swarm on the map.
The Huskies have better things to do than dwell on a loss two decades in the past. One big reason why is because Washington must ponder the Dunn dilemma: to kick, or not to kick, to Utah returner Reggie Dunn?
More than just special teams have been going right for the Utes during this two-game winning streak. The offense has been clicking well also, and that’s partly due to offensive coordinator Brian Johnson and passing coordinator Aaron Roderick swapping spots in the booth and the field (with Johnson moving down to the field from the booth). Hath worked out just fine – Utah has scored 49 points in each of its last two games.
Washington State outside receivers coach Dennis Simmons answers questions about Marquess Wilson and also gives some great insight on the relationship he has with the players he coaches.
Stiff tests ahead for the defenses of Arizona State and Cal: The Sun Devils’ defense must try to halt the USC attack, while Cal’s defense faces the task of stopping Oregon’s offense. As they used to say on SportsCenter, you can’t stop ‘em; you can only hope to contain ‘em.
Election-themed posts are still rolling in around the conference blogs and papers that cover Pac-12 schools. This one comes from Rule of Tree, which asks you to vote for the President of Stanford Football. Choices include: David Shaw, Stepfan Taylor, Josh Nunes, Trent Murphy and others. I don’t know how you don’t go with Shaw, but I guess I’m part of the minority by the looks of the early poll returns.
Jim Mora gives some additional thoughts on the Twittergate ordeal involving someone pretending to be a Bruin football player on the social media site and bad-mouthing the Trojans. This time, Mora sounds a little more forgiving of the perpetrator.
Colorado fans, here are your game vitals for the Buffaloes’ upcoming matchup with Arizona.