Pac-10 lunch links: Checking in with the Throwin' Samoans

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Getting linky with it.

  • Quarterback woes may be the biggest reason the typically pass-happy Pac-10 is struggling. Yet, while conference quarterbacks are hurting, the Pac-10's Throwin' Samoans are not. Four Samoans will start at quarterback on Saturday, and don't think they don't keep up with each other.

  • Arizona State quarterback Rudy Carpenter isn't just doubtful for Saturday's game. He's "very doubtful," according to coach Dennis Erickson.

  • California quarterback Kevin Riley is being a good soldier and handling his demotion behind Nate Longshore as well as, well, Nate Longshore handled his demotion behind Kevin Riley.

  • Oregon receiver Jaison Williams is sorry for his major gaffe against USC, but the receiving corps in general has been out of sorts.

  • Considering Stanford's bowl chances.

  • UCLA quarterback Kevin Craft beware: Oregon pass rush specialist Nick Reed is squaring off against a freshman offensive tackle, Jeff Baca.

  • USC's downfield passing game has improved dramatically. And it appears that both linebacker Rey Maualuga and quarterback Mark Sanchez will be available Saturday against Arizona State.

  • Is this the worst Washington State team ever?