Afternoon Musings: Roper back, Sanchez rising, Willingham struggling

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

Before heading to Arizona State practice, finishing up on Mill Avenue -- in a Starbucks (promise).

  • Agent denies he gave Oregon offensive lineman Fenuki Tupou money. Tupou is expected back from a one-game suspension this weekend. Wonder if this has any legs? Meanwhile, QB Justin Roper practiced and should start against Utah State.

  • Pac-10 bloggers roundtable.... some sharp observations here.

  • An SEC writer offers: Maybe the SEC does need to play more quality nonconference games to prove that it's the best conference instead of trying to prove it by just talking a lot.

  • Notes from the Cal media luncheon.

  • Jon Wilner's Pac-10 ratings with a note on the precariousness of Tyrone Willingham's situation at Washington.

  • Palmer begat, Leinart, who begat Booty, who begat Sanchez, who will begat... Barkley. Wonder what the most QBs one program has had in the NFL at one time is?

  • Notes from Willingham's pre-practice meeting with Huskies reporters, including the return of TE Michael Gottlieb and the decision to redshirt safety Jason Wells. By the way, Willingham is No. 3 on Coaches' Hot Seat's weekly list.

  • Bud Withers tips his cap to UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel.

  • Here's a very thorough recap of Washington State coach Paul Wulff's radio show.

  • USC QB Mark Sanchez, now No. 4 on Heisman Pundit's weekly list, was named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after completing 26 of 35 passes for 338 yards and three touchdowns in the Trojans 52-7 victory over Virginia

  • In the good works category: coach Pete Carroll and members of USC's top-ranked football team will make their annual visit to the USC Women's and Children's Hospital on Thursday (at approximately 11:15 a.m. They will be joined by the USC Spirit of Troy Marching Band as well as the USC Song Girls

  • Some folks were wondering about the relocation of Sunday Morning Quarterback. Found him here. It appears he's now calling himself "Dr. Saturday." So he's, like, 12 hours earlier, which is the way you've got to be in this world, where Monday is the new Sunday.