USC clarified just what a terrible start is Thursday night against Utah. The Utes went up 14-0 after various problems between Trojans quarterback Matt Barkley and center Khaled Holmes, who was playing hurt, led to two fumbles and immediate scores for Utah. But, Barkley kept it together and threw for 303 yards and three touchdowns in 38-28 win.
> Aaron Fentress of The Oregonian wonders what’s wrong with Washington’s offense. We talked about Saturday’s game on Skype with Fentress. Look for that conversation on the blog in a bit.
> The Pac-12′s website has a video preview of the Oregon/Washington game.
> Washington State is considering upgrades to Martin Stadium.
> “A growing number of Cal faithful are distressed by the recent arc of the program, which has produced just 13 wins in the past 32 games.” So writes Jeff Faraudo at the San Jose Mercury News when he talks about Cal coach Jeff Tedford being in trouble.
> Oregon State backtracks on the ban of a “blackout” theme at games, and the school president says he waited too long to address the issue.