LOS ANGELES (AP) – Drake London was the nation’s most productive receiver in the first month of the college football season, which means the Southern California star is far more affected than average. But there’s nothing middle ground about London, the 6-foot-5 former Trojans basketball player whose sole focus on football this fall has propelled him to that monster start. London has a physical and winning mentality in a troubled .500 team. He’s already racked up 39 catches for 540 yards while also scoring three touchdowns as the Trojans head to Colorado for the next leg of their one-season roller coaster ride.
NO DATE (AP) – Arizona State faces No.20 UCLA in what could be one of the Pac-12’s best start-of-season games. Two of the favorites to win the Pac-12 South share the division lead with Utah and come off impressive victories in the opening conference. The Bruins are one of the best in the country against running, and the Sun Devils are one of the best at running the ball, so it will be a battle of strengths. The Oregon No.3 is also facing a tough test against Stanford. The winner of this game has won the Pac-12 North seven of the last 10 seasons.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) – The Oregon No.3 thrived early in the season by capitalizing on the quarterback’s mistakes. Stanford QB Tanner McKee did an impressive job avoiding them in his first year as a starter. The Ducks travel to face the Cardinal this weekend and the winner could be determined by which of those trends continue. Oregon weathered tough times in their first conference game before beating Arizona 41-19 thanks in large part to five interceptions. McKee hasn’t thrown an interception all season.
LOS ANGELES (AP) – UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Arizona State’s Jayden Daniels are the Pac-12’s two best double-threat quarterbacks. They will also be the focal point of a crucial South Division game at the Rose Bowl on Saturday. Thompson-Robinson is tied for the conference lead with nine touchdown passes and the No. 20 Bruins are off their best start since 2015. Daniels leads the conference in starting quarterback percentage. Both were equally fatal when they ran. Daniels is averaging 6.9 yards per carry and has two touchdowns. Thompson-Robinson also has two rushing touchdowns and has the most attempts among quarterbacks.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – The Colorado Buffaloes are 0-14 against Southern California heading into their game at Folsom Field this weekend. The Buffaloes enter the game with an underdog of 7 1/2 points. The Trojans just lost to the State of Oregon. It was the first time the Beavers had beaten USC in Los Angeles since 1960. The Buffs are 0-7 at home against the Trojans. This includes a 2019 game in which USC quarterback Kedon Slovis helped the Trojans recover from a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter to a 35-31 victory. Slovis had 406 yards and four touchdowns in this contest.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) – The Oregon State Beavers returned home Saturday against Washington in a bid to prove their 45-27 shot against the Trojans was no fluke. Oregon State is currently second in the Pac-12 North standings behind undefeated Oregon. Washington is third. Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith is in his fourth year and it looks at least early in the season that his rebuilding of the Beavers is paying off.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) – Chase Garbers is set to break California legend Joe Kapp’s record for career rushing yards by a quarterback. Garbers is also set to pass Aaron Rodgers on the Golden Bears list for touchdown passes. There wasn’t much else to celebrate for coach Justin Wilcox’s team in the first month of the season. The Bears head to Saturday’s game against Washington State after losing three of four losses, including their opening Pac-12 game in Washington. California’s only victory to date has come against FCS’s Sacramento State.
NON DATE (AP) – The NCAA is exploring the idea of ââhosting a joint Final Four. This would mean that both the men’s and women’s basketball tournaments would play their semi-finals and title matches in the same city on the same weekend. There is no guarantee that this will happen and the earliest possible is 2027. The 2027-31 Final Fours for both tournaments will be announced next fall. The combination of tournaments was one of the recommendations arising from an external review of gender equity issues at tournaments.
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