Arizona has two quarterbacks who split time last year, added a transfer from another Pac-12 school and has a freshman who has been turning heads.
The Wildcats have a frontrunner to be the starter but the first game is still more than four months away, so no reason to make any declarations just yet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California assistant football coach Dave Nichol died Friday in McKinney, Texas. He was 45.
A person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that Nichol had cancer.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Central Michigan came to the desert southwest to play in one bowl game and ended up in another.
The Chippewas still found a way to end their five-game bowl losing streak.
EL PASO, Texas (AP) — Central Michigan's trip west has turned wild, and the Chippewas still have the goal of ending a five-game losing streak in bowl games.
Sun Bowl: Central Michigan (8-4) vs. Washington State (7-5), Dec. 31, noon Eastern (CBS).
Line: Washington State by 7, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
RENO, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has hired Oregon co-defensive coordinator Ken Wilson as the Wolf Pack's new head coach.
Nevada athletic director Doug Knuth announced Friday that Wilson will take over the program after Jay Norvell accepted the head coaching job this week at Colorado State.
Washington St. (7-5, PAC-12) vs. Miami (7-5, ACC), Dec. 31, noon ET
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Jake Dickert was introduced Thursday as the new head football coach at Washington State and vowed to “bring the Pac-12 championship back here to Pullman, Washington.”
Dickert was elevated last week from interim coach after the Cougars pounded rival Washington 40-13 in the annual Apple Cup game in Seattle.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — John Metchie caught a scoring pass from Bryce Young in the fourth overtime to give No. 3 Alabama a 24-22 comeback victory over rival Auburn on Saturday, rescuing the Crimson Tide’s national title hopes.
Washington State removed the interim tag and named Jake Dickert head coach Saturday night after he led the Cougars to a 3-2 record following the firing of Nick Rolovich.
Momentum had been growing for Dickert to get the job permanently and his candidacy was capped with an emphatic 40-13 rout of rival Washington in the Apple Cup that snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Huskies.
SEATTLE (AP) — Travell Harris rode on the shoulders of the crimson fans that engulfed the field. Jayden de Laura waived a version of Ol' Crimson before spiking the unmistakable flag into the turf field.
Oregon State (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) at No. 11 Oregon (9-2, 6-2), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: Oregon by 7, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
No. 13 BYU (9-2, No. 13 CFP) at USC (4-6), Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: BYU by 6 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
SEATTLE (AP) — The third week of October is when it could have all fallen apart at Washington State. There were easy built-in reasons and explanations if the Cougars had crumbled at that point of the season.
Things to watch in Week 13 of the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
Oregon State (7-4, 5-3 Pac-12) at Oregon (9-2, 6-2): The Ducks will capture the North Division and a spot in next week's championship game against Utah with a win in their annual rivalry game against the Beavers on Saturday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Jaxson Dart was there when BYU upset Southern California in 2019, a recruit watching from the stands as the Cougars flustered the Trojans’ Air Raid offense by dropping eight defenders into coverage.
There have been 14 coaching changes at the FBS level this season.
Three of those were in the Pac-12, with Washington, Washington Sate and USC all dismissing their coaches in the midst of the regular season.
SEATTLE (AP) — When Jake Dickert stepped into the role of interim head coach at Washington State, it was the beginning of a six-week interview in the midst of chaos.
When Bob Gregory stepped into the same role for Washington, it was serving as a stopgap for the final couple of weeks of the season and an expected bridge between one regime and the next.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Max Borghi rushed for a career-high 139 yards and two touchdowns in the last home game of his career, Travell Harris and Calvin Jackson Jr. each had two touchdown receptions, and Washington State became bowl eligible with a 44-18 win over Arizona on Friday night.
No. 4 Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12, No. 3 CFP) at No. 24 Utah (7-3, 6-1, No. 23 CFP), Saturday at 7:30 p.m. EST (ABC).
Line: Utah by 3½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Considering the turmoil of its season, Washington State being on the cusp of bowl eligibility is a rather significant achievement.
The Cougars would like to see a bowl trip become reality.
Things to watch in Week 11 of the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 4 Oregon (9-1, 6-1 Pac-12) at No. 24 Utah, Saturday. A potential preview of the Pac-12 Championship game could also have a huge impact on the College Football Playoff.
For the Bruins and the Beavers, well, it's been a while.
Both UCLA and Oregon State are bowl eligible this season, ending extended droughts without a postseason appearance.
The Beavers (6-4, 4-3 Pac-12) haven't played in a bowl since 2013 — that's all the way back to Mike Riley's second stint as head coach.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Oregon defensive end Kayvon Thibodeaux says it's at that point of the season where every team wants to knock off the Ducks.
Anthony Brown Jr. threw for 135 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 123 yards and another score as No.
WACO, Texas (AP) — Gerry Bohanon threw a touchdown pass and ran for two scores, Baylor’s defense constantly pressured Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler and the No. 18 Bears beat No. 4 Oklahoma 27-14 on Saturday to end the Sooners’ nation’s-best 17-game winning streak.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — No. 5 Oregon sure appears to be on a roll toward the Pac-12 North title and a spot in the conference championship game.
Beyond that, it's anyone's guess. But first the Ducks need to get past Washington State.
Washington State (5-4, 4-2 Pac-12) at No. 5 Oregon (8-1, 5-1, No. 3 CFP), Saturday at 10:30 p.m. EST (ESPN).
Line: Oregon by 13 1/2, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
Things to watch in Week 11 of the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
The fifth-ranked Oregon Ducks continue a march toward the Pac-12 title game, and perhaps a playoff berth, at home against Washington State on Saturday night.
Associated Press college football poll voters are grappling with how too handle head-to-head results in a season that has been filled with twists and turns.
Georgia has made things easy as far as voting for No.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is disputing Nick Rolovich's statements that the Democrat targeted the former Washington State University football coach with his statewide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all public employees.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Attorneys for former Washington State coach Nick Rolovich sent a letter to the university appealing his firing for refusing to get the coronavirus vaccine, contending school officials did not conduct a fair process to determine whether he should receive a religious exemption to a state mandate that all state employees must be vaccinated.
Idaho State (1-7) at No. 17 BYU (7-2, No. 15 CFP), Saturday at 3:30 p.m. EDT (BYUTV).
Line: No line, according to Fanduel Sportsbook.
If he had to pinpoint it, the most prominent emotion for BYU defensive lineman Uriah Leiataua will be satisfaction over sadness.
Sure, his final game at LaVell Edwards Stadium will be Saturday when the 17th-ranked Cougars host Idaho State.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — A barefoot Jake Plummer took off from the group photo and did a partial lap around his former teammates, laughing the entire way.
Plummer and crew were back in Tempe on Saturday to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Arizona State's last Rose Bowl appearance.
Now it's time to talk about Jim Harbaugh.
There has not been much discussion about college football's most scrutinized coach as Michigan ran out to a 7-0 start.
With Harbaugh, the failures are all that seem to matter.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Washington State was counted out when its head coach and four assistants were fired for refusing the state's vaccination mandate. No way could the Cougars recover from adversity like that.
Virginia (6-2) at No. 25 BYU (6-2), Saturday at 10:15 p.m. EDT (ESPN2).
Line: BYU by 2½, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State had a week off to rest, recover and shake off a second-half meltdown in a loss to Utah.
It also gave Sun Devils coach Herm Edwards a chance to do a little writing.
Paced by Pac-12 rushing leader B.J. Baylor, Oregon State's improved ground game is one of the key reasons the Beavers are just a win away from bowl eligibility for the first time since 2013.
Baylor is one of several notable Pac-12 running backs who have hit their stride this season.
—Travis Dye, Oregon, became the first player in Football Bowl Subdivision history to score a TD on four consecutive carries during the 10th-ranked Ducks' 34-31 win over UCLA.
—Brennan Armstrong, Virginia, accounted for 495 yards and six TDs to help the Cavaliers beat Georgia Tech 48-40.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Tyler Allgeier ran for 191 yards and two touchdowns and BYU beat Washington State 21-19 on Saturday in Washington State's first game since head coach Nick Rolovich was fired for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — Joe Trull was disappointed that Nick Rolovich did not get a chance to coach a full season at Washington State.
Standing outside Martin Stadium before the Cougars' game against BYU, Trull, 55, of Port Orchard, Washington, also said Rolovich's dismissal "was the right thing to do.”
Now that Coach O is out at LSU, or at least he will be at the end of the season, how does the school go about hiring its next coach and who might be a candidate?
On the latest episode of the AP Top 25 College Football Podcast presented by Region Bank, Ross Dellenger of Sports Illustrated joins AP's Ralph Russo to discuss the rise and fall of Ed Orgeron at LSU.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — After months of dealing with uncertainty, Washington State finally has clarity about who will lead the program.
Nick Rolovich and four assistants are gone, fired when they failed to comply with the governor’s mandate that all state employees be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference:
GAME OF THE WEEK
No. 10 Oregon (5-1, 2-1) visits UCLA (5-2, 3-1) in what will be one of the top national games of the weekend.
Former Washington State football coach Nick Rolovich's termination for refusing to get a COVID-19 vaccination was unlawful and an attack on his Catholic faith, his attorney said Wednesday.
Attorney Brian Fahling also said in a statement that Rolovich intends to take legal action and that the litigation will detail what the attorney called athletic director Pat Chun's “animus towards Coach Rolovich’s sincerely held religious beliefs” and his dishonesty at the expense of the former coach.
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman let out a faint cough and assured those seated at least 6 feet away that it was allergies, not COVID-19. He had tested negative for the coronavirus three times in the previous week.
Washington State acting head coach Jake Dickert said Tuesday that his immediate focus in his new role is providing support and stability for players who were left hurting and shocked after Nick Rolovich and other coaches were fired for refusing to comply with the state's vaccine mandate.
You’re never going to convince guys like ex-Washington State coach Nick Rolovich to get the shot. It’s a waste of breath.
The best scientists and all the evidence in the world couldn’t. Losing a $3 million-a-year job didn’t.
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.