Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Here's a musing: What's the over-under on rushing yards for UCLA (nation's worst rushing offense at 19 yards per game) against Washington State (nation's worst run defense at 330 yards yielded per game)? Now there's an Oct. 4 story line when the Bruins and Cougars clash.
Here's a bet that both offenses get creative when Oregon and Boise State strap it on Saturday. Not to go too far but it's possible that Oregon's QB of the future -- Chris Harper -- could shortly become it's QB of the present. But Jeremiah Masoli isn't chopped liver either.
Brian Dohn looks to psychologists for an explanation of UCLA's peculiar recent history of inexplicable wins and losses. Good stuff. Odds are that RB Kahlil Bell won't play against Arizona. The running game needs him. There's a new guy calling the shots from the middle of the defense. OG Darius Savage owns a lot of upside.
USC QB Mitch Mustain hoped for better than No. 3 on the depth chart. The Trojans' depth at LB might be about to get better because Chris Galippo's back is healing. It's unclear whether CB Shareece Wright will face any type of suspension for his resisting arrest charges. Checking in on the freshmen. And consider this from Dan Weber's notebook:
"'Easy"' was one word defensive end Kyle Moore used after missing practice two days last week with back spasms before having the game of his life (eight tackles, a fumble recovery, two tackles for loss for 19 yards, including a sack for 15).
"You can tell they don't practice full speed," Moore said of the massive Buckeyes who made it "easy" to fly past them.
"They were still getting into their [first blocking] move, and we'd already be into our second move [on defense] and past them," Moore said.
Thoughts from Bob Condotta on the new Washington AD. Thoughts from Art Thiel, who wrote about what a mess the search was a day ago. Notable from his column: "[School president Mark] Emmert said he made the decision last week. When I talked with Woodward on Monday for a column Wednesday, he never let on that he had the job, speaking as if others were still in the hunt (heads up to football coach Tyrone Willingham: Assume nothing in your conversations)." Woodward's background, by the way, is in politics and as a lobbyist.