Pac-10 lunch links: USC's Barkley still not 100 percent

Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller

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  • Arizona expects its injured players -- including running back Nic Grigsby and defensive end Brooks Reed -- to be ready to play at Washington. It appears, based on that notebook, that some youngsters who didn't travel to Oregon State should have ordered a pizza and watched a movie instead of hitting the town.

  • Arizona State safety Jarrell Holman is playing for more than himself. At the bottom of that notebook is more bad injury news on the offensive line.

  • California vs. USC is more about desperation than exultation -- only seven times has a Pac-10 champion suffered two conference defeats. Recalling a classic between these two teams. Interesting comments about how Oregon confused the Bears with unanticipated changes on both sides of the ball.

  • The absence of cornerback Walter Thurmond will tax Oregon's banged-up secondary. Hard to say which way receiver Jamere Holland's career is going.

  • "Groundhog Day" is a great movie but Oregon State would prefer to avoid the obvious reference as it tries to avoid its fourth consecutive 2-3 start. LB Keaton Kristick is coming home but he's battling a stinger. If you've ever had one of those, you know that injury would be better described as a "debilitating lightning bolt shooting through your neck" -- "stinger" is just shorter.

  • Chris Owusu's ability on kickoff returns gives Stanford a big field-position edge. And if you read the entire notebook, you get to imagine Jim Harbaugh singing.

  • They may play for rival UCLA, but Rahim Moore and Johnathan Franklin are tight with USC's Stafon Johnson, a former high school teammate, who suffered a serious windpipe injury in a weight-room accident. Playing at Stanford will be a big test for quarterback Kevin Craft, who's trying to re-write his UCLA legacy.

  • USC quarterback Matt Barkley's shoulder still bothers him but that's not going to stop him from playing at California. Pac-10 sack leader Nick Perry is the latest Trojan to get hurt.

  • After getting pushed around by Stanford, Washington needs to get stronger. What did Steve Sarkisian say on his radio show?

  • It's a real challenge to keep up with Washington State's injuries, so we're going to let Vince Grippi, one of the legendary Golden Knights from the storied program of St. Francis High in Southern California, do it. Suffice it to say the Cougs will take a beaten up team -- with a true freshman QB -- to Oregon. As for the frosh QB, he gives the Cougs their best chance to win.

  • USC writer Michael Lev makes a good point about leaving early for the NFL: If you can, go. The folks who want you to stay are thinking about themselves, not you.