A majority of the Pac-12, including Cal, has moved to some type of hurry-up, no-huddle system. Holdouts still running largely pro-style offenses include Stanford, Oregon State, and USC.
The feeling of disappointment and despair in the locker room after losing 17-13 at Washington last season is something that Stanford players will never forget.
Steve Sarkisian said he wouldn’t comment about “hypothetical scenarios” involving USC’s coaching job and that this situation provides a chance to prove his team can avoid the outside chatter heading into Saturday’s showdown at No. 5 Stanford.
Cal has kicked defensive end Chris McCain off the squad for conduct detrimental to the football team.
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.
Kevin Hogan threw for 286 yards and 3 touchdowns, and No. 5 Stanford won its 12th straight with a 55-17 rout of the Cougars on Saturday night.
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.