For all the brute force Stanford shows, from its jumbo “elephant” package of offensive linemen to its bruising running backs, there is an element of the Cardinal offense often goes overlooked.
Alabama remained No. 1 as the top five held their spots for the third consecutive week. The Crimson Tide received 55 of 60 first-place votes, and No. 2 Oregon got the rest from the media panel, one more than last week. Clemson is third, followed by Ohio State and Stanford.
Marcus Mariota threw for 2 touchdowns and ran for another and No. 2 Oregon defeated California 55-16 on Saturday night in the rain-drenched Pac-12 opener for both teams.
San Jose State cornerback Bene Benwikere was released from a hospital late Friday night after sustaining a concussion in the Spartans’ loss to Utah State.
The No. 5 Cardinal will try to avoid last year’s fate Saturday when they play Washington State in Seattle, 366 days after losing their perfect record at Washington.
The second-ranked Ducks begin what they hope is another successful Pac-12 season Saturday night looking for a fifth consecutive victory over visiting California, which is facing its second straight top-5 opponent.
Chuckie Keeton threw three touchdown passes and ran for a score, and Nick Diaz kicked four field goals in Utah State’s 40-12 victory over San Jose State on Friday night.
New California coach Sonny Dykes and his re-tooled Golden Bears visit No. 2 Oregon with both teams coming off byes, giving them plenty of time to ponder what they might see Saturday night in the conference opener for both teams.
The fifth-ranked Cardinal will put their 11-game winning streak on the line Saturday night at CenturyLink Field in Washington State’s annual game in Seattle.
Video game-maker Electronic Arts and the Collegiate Licensing Company have settled all lawsuits brought against the companies by former and current college athletes over the unauthorized use of the players’ images and likenesses in video games and other merchandise.
Gonzaga with this win, will be in the conversation for top team in the country.
Unranked Cal takes care of business against Arizona and causes major problems on the defense.