On the Grid Iron in the PAC-12
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford will be playing in front of fans at Stanford Stadium for the first time in more than 660 days when it hosts No. 24 UCLA. The Cardinal started with three games away from friendly confines for only the second time in school history. They face a Bruins team that’s coming off a 40-37 loss to Fresno State. The game will be the 93rd meeting all-time between Stanford and UCLA. The Bruins hold the series edge but Stanford has won 12 of the last 13.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Junior Kedon Slovis is expected to remain the starting quarterback when USC returns to the Coliseum against Oregon State on Saturday. Freshman Jaxson Dart ignited the Trojans by coming off the bench to throw for 391 yards and four touchdowns in a 45-14 win at Washington State. But he isn’t expected to play this weekend because of a right knee injury. The Beavers are coming off two solid wins and might have their best chance at winning in Los Angeles for the first time since 1960.
TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — Arizona State’s offense has had a problem with moving backward. The issue for Colorado is its offense isn’t moving much at all. Saturday’s Pac-12 opener offers a shot at redemption for one of them. Arizona State was called for 16 penalties for 121 yards in its 27-17 loss to BYU. It was a surprising lack of discipline for the Sun Devils' veteran team. The loss caused them to fall out of the AP Top 25 for the first time this season. Colorado is coming off an embarrassing 30-0 home loss to Minnesota. The Buffaloes gained just 63 total yards.
SEATTLE (AP) — Cal coach Justin Wilcox and Washington coach Jimmy Lake finished off the nonconference portion of their schedules with major unknowns. Wilcox has worries on the defensive side. Lake has concerns about his offense. The two coaches hope to start gaining some clarity beginning Saturday night when the Golden Bears and Huskies meet in the Pac-12 Conference opener for both teams. Both teams picked up their first wins of the season last week, with Washington routing Arkansas State 52-3 and California knocking off Sacramento State 42-30. This will be the 100th meeting between Cal and Washington.