Here are our weekly Pac-12 power rankings that will publish in Thursday’s newspaper.
(Previous week’s ranking in parentheses)
1. Oregon (1) – Pac-12 Game of the Year potential next week at Stanford. 2. Stanford (2) – Cardinal could benefit from extra time to gear up for Ducks. 3. Arizona State (3) – Sun Devils hold into this spot by default. 4. USC (6) – Hey, look who’s playing considerably better without Lane Kiffin. Read more »
It’s an odd week for Pac-12 football — spooky, even! Get it? — with four teams on byes. Plus, there are games on Thursday — it’s Halloween, if you haven’t heard — and Friday.
Strong performance against the spread last week, going 4-1 in addition to a straight-up record of 5-0. With that, away we go with another week of predictions. As always, betting lines are for entertainment (and gambling) purposes only, and come courtesy of VegasInsider.com.
Arizona State (5-2, 3-1 in Pac-12) at Washington State (4-4, 2-3), 7:30 p.m., ESPN (ASU by 11.5) — Sun Devils didn’t play so well against Connor Halliday and the Cougars the last time they visited Pullman back in 2011. And the Cougars played even worse the last time these teams played at all. Hard to imagine WSU has closed the gap all that much in a year’s time, even if a frigid Halloween night setting might be to their advantage. Sun Devils can’t let this one slip. The pick: ASU 42, WSU 28. Read more »
Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said after Wednesday’s practice that receiver Kasen Williams had successful surgery Wednesday on the broken fibula in his left leg, as well as a damaged ligament in his foot.
Sarkisian said he expects Williams to miss somewhere between 2-4 months, though he said a more specific timetable will likely emerge as the healing process takes place.
“They took care of what needed to get taken care of on his leg,” Sarkisian said. “I think it is what it is. We’re probably looking at realistically a couple two, three months before he’s back on the field, which is kind of what we expected. We won’t rush it. We’ll get him completely healthy and get him back going for us.” Read more »
Good morning. Washington offensive players and coaches — and coach Steve Sarkisian — are available to media after today’s practice, which is where we’re headed in a few hours. But these hours are spent on links. So here we go.
— Here’s our story in today’s newspaper about Hau’oli Kikaha and UW’s efforts to generate a more consistent pass rush. Also, a clarification: UW ranks 14th in the nation in sacks per game (3 even), not total sacks. The Huskies are tied with five other teams for 11th in that category.