PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Max Borghi scored on a 2-yard run with 1:30 left in the game as Washington State came back to beat Stanford 34-31 on Saturday in what was possibly the last game for WSU coach Nick Rolovich because of his refusal to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Quarterback Anthony Brown shut out the noise to lead Oregon to a fourth-quarter comeback, then let the defense seal a victory over California.
Brown scored on an 11-yard keeper with 4:50 left and the ninth-ranked Ducks held off surprisingly tenacious Cal 24-17 on Friday night.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The ninth-ranked Oregon Ducks got a week off to regroup for the second half of the season after a disappointing loss to Stanford that may ultimately impact their playoff chances.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — It took a little longer than expected, but Washington State seems to be rolling.
The Cougars' defense is proving to be stout as evidenced by their performance the past two weeks.
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Arizona State has quietly emerged as the top defensive team in the Pac-12.
The 18th-ranked Sun Devils (5-1, 3-0 Pac-12) head into Saturday’s game at Utah leading the league in several key defensive categories.
California (1-4, 0-2 Pac-12) at No. 9 Oregon (4-1, 1-1), Friday at 10:30 p.m. EDT (ESPN).
Line: Oregon by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
CINCINNATI (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw for 259 yards and three touchdowns and No. 5 Cincinnati routed Temple 52-3 on Friday night for its 23rd straight home victory.
Jerome Ford ran for a career-high 149 yards and two scores to help the Bearcats (5-0, 1-0 American) avoid a letdown after their big victory at Notre Dame last week.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Jack Jones stepped in front of the receiver, caught the ball and held it out with one hand. Just before he hit the ground, the Arizona State defensive back caught a glimpse of Deandre Pierce and tossed it to his teammate for a spectacular touchdown.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State picked up one of its biggest wins under coach Herm Edwards last weekend, knocking off then-No. 20 UCLA on the road.
Stanford (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) at No. 22 Arizona State (4-1 2-0), Friday, 10:30 p.m. (ESPN).
Line: Arizona State by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK: Stanford (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) at No. 22 Arizona State (4-1, 2-0). Both teams are coming off impressive wins. The Cardinal took down No.
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Desmond Ridder threw two touchdown passes and ran for score late in the fourth quarter as No. 7 Cincinnati capitalized on its big opportunity and beat No. 9 Notre Dame 24-13 on Saturday in a game the Bearcats hope can be the centerpiece of College Football Playoff resume.
—Brian Robinson Jr., Alabama, rushed for career highs of 171 yards and four TDs and the top-ranked Crimson Tide shut down the nation’s top offense in a 42-21 victory over No. 12 Mississippi.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford's comeback victory that stunned Oregon was enough of a roller-coaster that coach David Shaw felt the need to apologize to his parents and any other fans older than 70 for the emotional toll.
No. 3 Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Stanford (2-2, 1-1), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (ABC).
Line: Oregon by 7 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — No. 3 Oregon has thrived early this season by capitalizing on quarterback mistakes. Stanford QB Tanner McKee has done an impressive job avoiding them in his first year as a starter.
Oregon's Bennett Williams said there's nothing better for the Ducks' secondary than a takeaway. In fact, it's something of a competition among the defensive backs.
The No. 3 Ducks have nine interceptions this season, tied with Kent State and Notre Dame for most in FBS.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — When the game was on the line, Dorian Thompson-Robinson wasn't going to allow UCLA to lose.
Thompson threw a tiebreaking 75-yard TD pass early in the fourth quarter and came back from a banged-up shoulder to throw a clinching touchdown late that helped No.
No. 24 UCLA (2-1, 0-0 Pac-12) at Stanford (2-1, 1-0), Saturday at 3 p.m. EDT (Pac-12 Networks).
Line: UCLA by 4 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — For the first time in about 10 months, a football weekend for Stanford will start with a relaxing night at a hotel near campus instead of a flight.
After finishing last season with four straight road games and starting this season with three more, the Cardinal are finally coming home when they host No.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK: Stanford (2-1, 1-0 Pac-12) will be playing in front of fans at Stanford Stadium for the first time in more than 660 days when it hosts No.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Stanford Cardinal finally are heading home to play in front of fans in their own stadium, and they're taking a two-game winning streak with them.
Tanner McKee ran for a touchdown and threw for two more as Stanford beat Vanderbilt 41-23 Saturday night in the first meeting between the programs best known for their academics.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — First-year Commodores coach Clark Lea is the latest attempting to build a football program at Vanderbilt.
He admires what David Shaw has accomplished at Stanford, marrying football success with academic excellence.
Southern California is wounded. It's smarting after losing at home to Stanford, watching any College Football Playoff hopes evaporate, and finally dismissing Clay Helton as head coach after years of conjecture about his job security.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Clay Helton's unlikely tenure as the head football coach at Southern California began bizarrely and lasted far longer than almost anybody expected.
The folksy Southerner won a Rose Bowl and a Pac-12 title early on, but he never won over most of the Trojans' fans.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — After Nathaniel Peat broke a tackle and turned the corner, the Coliseum collectively gasped as the speedy Stanford tailback sprinted all the way down his sideline.
“I just saw green grass, and I had to put the wheels on,” Peat said with a grin.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The assignment was simple for Southern California defensive end Korey Foreman in his first college game: rush the quarterback on third down.
But the top defensive recruit in the 2021 class might have to do much more in his first Pac-12 Conference game against Stanford on Saturday because of an injury to a starter for the No.
Stanford (0-1) at No. 14 Southern California (1-0), Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EDT (FOX).
Line: USC by 17 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — For the first time in many years, Stanford's annual way-too-early meeting with No. 14 Southern California actually feels overdue this month.
That's because the Pac-12's two California private schools didn't face each other at all last year, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic.
MANHATTAN, Kan. (AP) — Kansas State coach Chris Klieman knows better than just about anyone the perils of overlooking Southern Illinois.
Klieman spent most of his career in the Missouri Valley, first as a player and assistant coach at Northern Iowa and later as the head coach at North Dakota State.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Skylar Thompson set the tone for Kansas State when the quarterback put his left shoulder down and bulled into the end zone for the first of his two touchdown runs as the Wildcats opened the season with a 24-7 win over Stanford on Saturday.
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Kansas State looks forward to the fresh start. Stanford hopes to build off the momentum of a strong finish.
“I really believe last year, I think we were just kind of turning into the team we wanted be,” 11th-year Cardinal coach David Shaw said.
Some things to watch during the opening weekend of the season in the Big 12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 21 Texas vs. No. 23 Louisiana-Lafayette. A new era begins for Texas even before its future move to the SEC, with new coach Steve Sarkisian, new starting quarterback Hudson Card and preseason AP All-America running back Bijan Robison.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — With all Stanford endured last season while spending long stretches on the road, navigating this training camp with COVID-19 protocols has almost felt easy for coach David Shaw.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The partnership between Oregon edge rusher Kayvon Thibodeaux and Nike co-founder Phil Knight might be one of the most unusual and high-profile deals to come out of new rules allowing college athletes to earn money for use of their name, image and likeness.
A federal law governing how college athletes can earn money off their fame and celebrity seems certain to pass — at some point.
There is no real debate among lawmakers on Capitol Hill about whether athletes should be permitted to monetize their name, image and likeness.
Former Southern California star Reggie Bush, who had his Heisman Trophy victory in 2005 vacated for committing NCAA violations, is among the players making their first appearance on the College Football Hall of Fame ballot this year.
Stanford coach David Shaw says if he were king of college football it would take him about 30 minutes to fix the playoff.
On the latest AP Top 25 College Football Podcast, Shaw joins the AP’s Ralph Russo for what has become almost an annual appearance to talk about the state of the game.
SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Whether talking to a teammate, close friend or complete stranger, San Jose State football player Drew Jenkins has a go-to question when discussing hot-button topics: “Are you OK with the society you live in...
For several years speculation has persisted that if Southern California ever did move on from Clay Helton, Penn State's James Franklin would be a logical candidate to coach the Trojans...
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Former Stanford defensive end Jovan Swann has decided to play his final college season with the Indiana Hoosiers...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Lamical Perine ran 88 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter, Florida's defense delivered another gem and the No. 10 Gators beat seventh-ranked Auburn 24-13 in the Swamp on Saturday.
SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) — Trevor Lawrence threw for three touchdowns and ran for another and top-ranked Clemson beat nemesis Syracuse 41-6 on Saturday night.
Clemson (3-0, 2-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) has won 18 straight games, a school record and the longest streak in the nation.
The first step toward Southern California making a coaching change that seems inevitable occurred earlier this week when athletic director Lynn Swann stepped down...
ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — Jake Moody made a 43-yard field goal and No. 7 Michigan forced and recovered a fumble to hold on for a 24-21 double-overtime victory over Army on Saturday.
The Wolverines (2-0) didn't lead until the second extra period and would have lost to the Black Knights (1-1) at the end of regulation if Cole Talley made a 50-yard kick that sailed just short and to the right.
This was one of those phenomenal championship events when you came away more impressed with the loser than the winner. The last time that occurred for me for an event involving Nebraska was on Jan. 2, 1984, when football coach Tom Osborne went for a two-point conversion, watched his team fail and gave up the No.
Stanford's Bryce Love was one of the most exciting runners in college football in 2017 and a player who many thought would enter the draft early.
HOUSTON (AP) — Mike Bloomgren has been hired as the coach at Rice.
Rice announced Wednesday that Bloomgren agreed to a five-year contract with the Owls after spending last season as the associate head coach and offensive coordinator at Stanford.
PULLMAN – Bryce Love will either spend Saturday afternoon trying to push his Heisman Trophy campaign forward or he’ll be stuck on the Stanford sideline catching snowflakes with his tongue when the 20th-ranked Cardinal take on the Cougars in a crucial Pac-12 North game at Martin Stadium.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford quarterback Kevin Hogan is nursing a leg injury but is expected to start against Washington State on Friday night.
Cardinal coach David Shaw said Tuesday that Hogan was injured during Stanford's 17-14 loss at Notre Dame on Saturday.