No. 7 Utah (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 7 CFP) at Arizona (4-6, 2-5), Saturday at 10 p.m. EST. (FS1).
Arizona (4-5, 2-4 Pac-12) at No. 6 Oregon (8-1, 6-0, No. 6 CFP), Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California emerged from the difficult first half of its schedule with a fairly brutal record, at least by the Trojans' perennially lofty standards.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Washington was pushed around in its last game, a bruising 23-13 loss to big, powerful Stanford.
The Huskies face a different kind of challenge Saturday night in the...
The nickname Conference of Quarterbacks has taken on a new meaning as injuries have led to a revolving door between starters and backups for many Pac-12 teams.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Nobody would have flinched had Khalil Tate knelt and kissed the grass at Folsom Field.
"Colorado holds a special place in my heart," Arizona's senior dual-threat...
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — No one needs to warn the Colorado Buffaloes about Khalil Tate . They know Arizona's dual-threat quarterback all too well.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK: California at No. 13 Oregon. The Golden Bears (4-1, 1-1 Pac-12) have a tough task ahead when they travel...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona played without its starting quarterback and its most productive running back, a combination that would have likely led to disaster last season.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona scored one touchdown on a bursting run, hit some chunk plays in the passing game.
When it mattered most, the Wildcats played the power game — and Texas Tech was...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate failed to live up to the Heisman Trophy hype a year ago, hampered by injuries and a new offensive system.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona rallied from a season-opening loss by scoring quickly and building an insurmountable halftime lead.
The Wildcats let down in the second half and had too many...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin sat next to defensive back Scottie Young Jr. during the team's flight back from Hawaii, discussing what went wrong in the Wildcats'...
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona's offense revved up after a slow start in its opener against Hawaii, reeling off big-chunk plays, scoring 35 points in the middle two quarters.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona gathered as a team in January to discuss what went wrong in coach Kevin Sumlin's first season and what the Wildcats needed to change for year two.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate will return for his senior season.
Tate made the decision Tuesday after talking it over with his family and Wildcats coach Kevin Sumlin.
Tate instantly made a name for himself as a sophomore, setting an FBS rushing record for a quarterback with 327 yards after replacing injured started Brandon Dawkins against Colorado.
Arizona (5-5, 4-3 Pac-12) at No. 9 Washington State (9-1, 6-1, No. 8 CFP), 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: Washington State by 10.
Series record: Arizona leads 27-16.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Washington State looking to stay on track for its first Pac-12 North title and longshot bid for a College Football Playoff berth. The Cougars seek their first 10-win season since 2003. Arizona is seeking to become bowl eligible in Coach Kevin Sumlin's first season.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Khalil Tate beat Colorado with his legs last year in a record-setting performance.
The Arizona quarterback took down the Buffaloes with his arm in the rematch.
Tate threw for career-high 350 yards and five touchdowns after setting an FBS rushing record against Colorado a year ago, lifting Arizona to a 42-34 victory over the Buffaloes Friday night.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Colorado went into its game against Arizona last season game planning to stop quarterback Brandon Dawkins.
When Dawkins went down after a late hit out of bounds, Khalil Tate ran all over the Buffaloes for 327 yards, an FBS record by a quarterback.
Tate has been hampered by an ankle injury this season and hasn't put up the same prodigious numbers he did last season, but Colorado knows all too well what he's capable of once he gets rolling.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — J.J. Taylor burst through holes and leaped over defenders. Khalil Tate was sharp in his return. The defense created turnovers, so did special teams.
Stuck in a recent rut, Arizona picked a great time to play its best game of the season.
Taylor ran for 212 yards and two touchdowns, Tate threw for three scores and the Wildcats dominated No. 19 Oregon 44-15 on Saturday night.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Kevin Sumlin's last trip to the Rose Bowl was a nightmare as UCLA rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Texas A&M. The first-year Arizona coach now faces a return without his best player as the Wildcats face UCLA.
The California Bears made a brief appearance in the national rankings before slamming back to earth with a 42-24 home loss to Oregon last weekend.
Now the Bears (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12) travel to Tucson on Saturday night to face Arizona, seeking a bit of redemption as well as their first Pac-12 victory. Arizona (2-3, 1-1) is coming off a 24-20 home loss to USC.
Eno Benjamin turned in the best rushing performance in the Football Bowl Subdivision this season and became the first Arizona State player to go over 300 yards when he ran 30 times for 312 against Oregon State.
The total was the highest since Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate went for 327 yards against Colorado last October.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Khalil Tate has been limited by an ankle injury and has yet to reel off long touchdown runs as he did while becoming a Heisman Trophy candidate a year ago.
Southern California is not about to forget about Arizona's junior quarterback Saturday night in the desert. The Trojans (2-2, 1-1 Pac-12) know all it takes is one missed assignment or tackle and they'll be looking at the back of Tate's jersey as he races off to the end zone.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has broken up the most passes in college football this season.
However, none of those 29 plays have resulted in an interception for the Trojans, one of five FBS teams without a pick. The other 12 teams with at least 20 pass breakups have produced an average of 4.75 interceptions, including Alabama and Illinois with seven each.
It is an oddity USC would like to resolve against Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate on Saturday.
CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — After an explosive game, Arizona running back J.J. Taylor was asked what was working well for him.
"The offensive line," he responded, then chuckled. "All the stuff that we do at practice just showed up today."
Taylor rushed for a Reser Stadium-record 284 yards and two touchdowns, including a 62-yard sprint, as Arizona ran wild over Oregon State 35-14 in the Pac-12 opener on Saturday afternoon.
The previous time he faced Oregon State, Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate rushed for more than 200 yards and two touchdowns. When he sees the Beavers on Saturday, he may have to rely more on his arm.
Tate tweaked his left ankle and his normally potent running ability has been slowed this season. But last week, the dual-threat got his arm going and threw for a career-high 349 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-31 rout of Southern Utah. He had just four carries.
At the beginning of the season, Washington State coach Mike Leach played coy with the media — as he often does — over his choice for starting quarterback.
The Cougars had four candidates and Leach wryly said it would be a "thrill a minute" to discover which one would emerge.
TUSCON, Ariz. (AP) — A sore ankle seems to be slowing that dynamic breakaway speed of Khalil Tate. But the Arizona quarterback sure can still throw the ball.
Tate passed for a career-best 349 yards and five touchdowns, then sat out most of the fourth quarter and Arizona gave Kevin Sumlin his first victory as Wildcats coach with a 62-31 rout of Southern Utah on Saturday night.
The Kevin Sumlin era in Tucson has gotten off to a rocky start, to say the least.
The Wildcats, a team that some college football pundits thought might contend in the Pac-12 South, are 0-2 and coming off a 45-18 rout at Houston.
Fortunately, for the Wildcats, Arizona appears to have a team it can finally beat Saturday night in FCS foe Southern Utah (0-2), which lost 48-25 at Oregon State last weekend.
Arizona was supposed to be the team in the Grand Canyon State that would have the easiest time transitioning to a new coach. Kevin Sumlin was taking over a program that had a Heisman Trophy front-runner, an explosive offense and the potential to be better on defense.
But while No. 23 Arizona State has won its first two games under Herm Edwards, Arizona is 0-2 under Sumlin and facing a litany of issues.
HOUSTON (AP) — Arizona coach Kevin Sumlin wants to see more consistency from his team after the Wildcats struggled to score for the first three quarters in a 28-23 loss to BYU.
He hopes the changes start Saturday when the Wildcats (0-1) travel to face his former team in Houston (1-0).
"We have to be more consistent for four quarters," Sumlin said. "If you run 42 plays in the first half and have 10 points, that's not the efficiency that you need."
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — Brigham Young's offensive line pushed Arizona around. Tanner Mangum was effective in his return from an Achilles' tendon injury. The Cougars kept Khalil Tate from breaking off any big runs.
BYU expected to be better after a four-win season ago and sure seems to be after opening the season with a road win over a Pac-12 team.
Squally Canada scored on three short runs and BYU spoiled Kevin Sumlin's Arizona coaching debut with a 28-23 win over the Wildcats on Saturday night.
TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The hype began when Kevin Sumlin was hired in January. The former Texas A&M coach known for bringing in high-level recruits and developing quarterbacks was being heralded as the man who would turn Arizona into a Pac-12 and maybe someday national-title contender.
For Sumlin's first season in the desert, he has one of the nation's most dynamic quarterbacks in Khalil Tate, an explosive offense, a bigger, deeper defense.
Some of the Pac-12 Conference players who could have breakout seasons and be impact players in 2018:
QB Khalil Tate, junior. Tate already had a breakout season in 2017, accounting for nearly 1,600 yards passing, 1,400 more rushing and 26 TDs despite starting the season as a backup. He has a new coach in Mike Sumlin and a new position coach in Noel Mazzone, who has a reputation for turning good quarterbacks into great ones.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Rod Smith had a bit of music for the ears of Illinois fans who watched the Illini scuffle along on offense last season.
"We're going to try to make them defend (the entire field)," said Smith, who was formally introduced Friday as the new offensive coordinator at Illinois. "I think the hardest skill to do in football is tackle a skill-kid in open field. . We're going to try to get guys out in space."
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois has hired Arizona assistant Rod Smith as its offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Smith spent six years with the Wildcats and has been a coach for 22 years, focusing on the offensive side of the ball.
Foster Farms Bowl
Arizona (7-5, Pac-12) vs. Purdue (6-6, Big Ten), Dec. 27, 8:30 p.m. EST (FOX).
LOCATION: Santa Clara, California
Arizona: Sophomore QB Khalil Tate rushed for 1,353 yards and 12 TDs and passed for 1,289 yards and nine TDs with eight picks.
Purdue: QB Elijah Sindelar threw for 1,703 yards and 14 TDs with six interceptions.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Todd Graham held the Territorial Cup aloft for all in Sun Devil Stadium to see. The prize for college football's oldest rivalry was his and so is his job — at least for now.
Demario Richard ran for 165 yards and two touchdowns, Manny Wilkins threw for three more scores, and Arizona State may have saved Graham's job with a 42-30 victory over rival Arizona on Saturday.