USC Trojans: Washington State

And I would walk 500 miles and I would walk 500 more.

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May, 20, 2014
Sail on silver girl. Sail on by. Your time has come to shine. All your dreams are on their way. See how they shine.

Pac-12 recruiting roundup

May, 15, 2014
With spring football done and the Pac-12 coaches hitting the recruiting trail, we figured it was time to check in on how each team is faring with its recruits.

Here's a look at where each school stands:


2015 commits: 6
Players: Keenan Walker, OT, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Taren Morrison, RB, Mesa, Ariz.; Darick Holmes Jr., RB, Westlake Village, Calif.; Finton Connolly, DT, Gilbert, Ariz.; Alex Kosinski, OG, Larkspur, Calif.; Ricky McCoy, TE, Fresno, Calif.

2016 commits: 2
Players: Trevor Speights, RB, McAllen, Texas; Shea Patterson, QB, Shreveport, La.

Arizona State

2015 commits: 6
Players: Brady White, QB, Newhall, Calif.; Morie Evans, ATH, Huntsville, Texas; Bryce Perkins, QB, Chandler, Ariz.; Nick Ralston, RB, Argyle, Texas; Tony Nicholson, ATH, Grand Prairie, Texas; Raymond Epps, TE (JC), Yuma, Ariz.

2017 commit: 1
Player: Loren Mondy, DE, Mansfield, Texas


2015 commits: 4
Players: Austin Aaron, WR, Napa, Calif.; Greyson Bankhead, WR, Corona, Calif.; Malik Psalms, CB, Chino Hills, Calif.; Lonny Powell, RB, Sacramento, Calif.


2015 commits: 3
Players: T.J. Fehoko, DE, Salt Lake City; N.J. Falo, OLB, Sacramento; Dillon Middlemiss, OG, Arvada, Colo.


2015 commits: 4
Players: Taj Griffin, RB, Powder Springs, Ga.; Zach Okun, OG, Newbury Park, Calif.; Jake Breeland, WR, Mission Viejo, Calif.; Shane Lemieux, OT, Yakima, Wash.

Oregon State

2015 commits: 3
Players: Tyrin Ferguson, OLB, New Orleans; Kyle Haley, OLB, Anaheim, Calif.; Treshon Broughton, CB (JC), Tustin, Calif.


2015 commits: 3
Players: Arrington Farrar, S, College Park, Ga.; Christian Folau, ILB, Salt Lake City; Rex Manu, DT, Mililani, Hawaii


2015 commits: 7
Players: Josh Rosen, QB, Bellflower, Calif.; Alize Jones, TE, Las Vegas; Tevita Halalilo, OG, Moreno Valley, Calif.; L.J. Reed, WR, Elk Grove, Calif.; Jaason Lewis, ATH, Virginia Beach, Va.; Bolu Olorunfunmi, RB, Clovis, Calif.; Victor Alexander, ILB, Jacksonville, Fla.


2015 commits: 5
Players: Chuma Edoga, OT, Powder Springs, Ga.; Ricky Town, QB, Ventura, Calif.; David Sills, QB, Elkton, Md.; Taeon Mason, CB, Pasadena, Calif.; Roy Hemsley, OT, Los Angeles


2015 commits: 7
Players: Jake Grant, OT, Scottsdale, Ariz.; Tuli Wily-Matagi, ATH, Kahuku, Hawaii; Donzale Roddie, WR, Paramount, Calif.; Chayden Johnson, K, South Jordan, Utah; Brandon Snell, WR (JC), Miami; Corey Butler, WR (JC), Wilmington, Calif.; Zach Lindsay, OT (JC), Kaysville, Utah


2015 commits: 3
Players: Jake Browning, QB, Folsom, Calif.; Trey Adams, OT, Wenatchee, Wash.; Myles Gaskin, RB, Seattle

2017 commit: 1
Player: Tathan Martell, QB, Poway, Calif.

Washington State

2015 commits: 5
Players: Thomas Toki, DT, Mountain View, Calif.; Austin Joyner, RB, Marysville, Wash.; Tyler Hilinski, QB, Upland, Calif.; Kameron Powell, S, Upland, Calif.; James Williams, RB, Burbank, Calif.
Picture yourself in a boat on a river with tangerine trees and marmalade skies. Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly. A girl with kaleidoscope eyes. Cellophane flowers of yellow and green towering over your head.
The NCAA released its annual Academic Progress Rate (APR) on Wednesday.

In order to compete in championships during the 2014-15 season, teams need to earn a 930 average over the previous four years or a 940 average over the previous two years.

Stanford is the Pac-12's headliner. Last year they led the conference with a rating of 978. This year, they lead with an increased APR of 978. The two schools to make the biggest jumps in their multiyear rates were UCLA and Washington, which both increased their APRs by 13.

Ten Pac-12 football programs reported an improvement. The two teams that didn’t show improvement were Oregon State and USC. However, all of the Pac-12 teams will be eligible to compete in this year’s championships. Across the country, 12 teams were penalized, 10 of which were given postseason bans.

Here’s the ranking of the Pac-12 APR with last year’s multi-year rate in parenthesis:

Stanford: 984 (978)
UCLA: 979 (966)
Utah: 970 (963)
Washington: 967 (954)
Arizona: 960 (956)
Oregon: 958 (951)
Colorado: 955 (946)
Oregon State: 950 (957)
Washington State: 944 (942)
Arizona State: 941 (937)
USC: 941 (945)
Cal: 938 (935)

To search APRs by school, sport, etc. click here.
Now, Watergate does not bother me. Does your conscience bother you? Tell the truth.
Einstein, James Dean, Brooklyn's got a winning team, Davy Crockett, Peter Pan, Elvis Presley, Disneyland.
Happy Friday!
I remember the stupid things, the mood rings, the bracelets and the beads, the nickels and dimes, yours and mine. Did you cash in all your dreams?
And I said "What about Breakfast at Tiffany's?" … Well, that's the one thing we've got.
Happy Friday!
I saw the sign and it opened up my mind.

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October, 10, 2013
Hello everyone.

Pac-12 predictions: Week 2

September, 5, 2013
Kevin went 9-1 last week. Ted went 8-2.

The difference was Ted incorrectly picking California to upset Northwestern. And everyone knows Cal would have won if Ted had picked Northwestern because that's what Cal does to Ted. It ignores him.

Cal, why can't I quit you?!


Sacramento State at Arizona State

Kevin Gemmell: Tougher games loom in the coming weeks. But I don’t see being shocked by a Football Championship Subdivision team on ASU’s agenda. I’m predicting an Oregon-esque efficiency and dismantling. Get in, get out, take care of business and stay healthy. Arizona State 42, Sacramento State 7.

Ted Miller: What Kevin said -- dominate, then get the key starters on the bench and get some backups valuable playing time. Arizona State 45, Sacramento State 10.


Weber State at Utah

Kevin Gemmell: I like what Kyle Whittingham did earlier this week. He put all the scores of the FCS teams beating Football Bowl Subdivision teams up on the board for the whole team to see. The Utes are coming off an emotional win. And it’s a reminder that anyone can be vulnerable. They'll move to 2-0. (And a special thank you to my new Utonian friends for explaining to me that it’s pronounced WEE-ber State. Message received.) Utah 35, Weber State 10.

Ted Miller: Is that "WEE-ber wobble but it don't fall down"? Well, it will Saturday. Utah 30, Weber State 17.

Oregon at Virginia

Kevin Gemmell: In the final year of the BCS, this is where Oregon wants to be, in the top two. Now all the Ducks have to do is keep winning. And while Virginia will provide a little more pop than Nicholls State, it won’t be enough to slow the Ducks. Oregon 42, Virginia 14.

Ted Miller: The Ducks have been a model of efficiency the past few years, and that's been most notable on the road, a characteristic of national title contenders. The next measure of new coach Mark Helfrich is maintaining that efficiency. Oregon 38, Virginia 17.

Portland State at California

Kevin Gemmell: If you can hang at home against a top-25 team while using a true freshman quarterback, you can beat an FCS team. Jared Goff showed some mettle and should continue to improve. Cal 35, Portland State 13.

Ted Miller: I feel comfortable my Cal jinx will take the weekend off. Maybe. Cal 44, Portland State 20.

Hawaii at Oregon State

Kevin Gemmell: Don’t see any issues with the Oregon State offense, which was efficient and productive with Sean Mannion at the helm. Fortunately for the Beavers, Vernon Adams has not transferred to Hawaii in the past week, so they should be good. Oregon State 38, Hawaii 17.

Ted Miller: The loss to Sacramento State in 2011 was followed by a visit to Wisconsin. That 35-0 beatdown didn't help lift the Beavers out of their post-FCS-loss embarrassment malaise, obviously, and an 0-4 start ensued, as well as a 3-9 finish. I think the Beavers will open up a can of whip-butt and show us they aren't going to wilt. Oregon State 41, Hawaii 20.

Central Arkansas at Colorado

Kevin Gemmell: Even though it added former Heisman winner Ricky Williams to its coaching staff, the University of Incarnate Word couldn’t hang with Central Arkansas in Week 1. The Buffs, however, have a taste for winning. And I think they like it. Colorado 33, Central Arkansas 21.

Ted Miller: If the Buffs improve to 2-0, as most expect they will, how many Colorado fans are going to start reviewing the schedule closely with a magnifying glass, trying to find four more wins and bowl eligibility? Colorado 38, Central Arkansas 24.

Arizona at UNLV

Kevin Gemmell: Arizona is looking to build on a 35-0 win that didn’t include Ka’Deem Carey. The Pac-12 has owned the Mountain West thus far. That should continue against a Las Vegas team that hasn’t had a .500 record since 2003 and hasn’t beaten a BCS-level opponent since ASU in 2008. Arizona 38, UNLV 17.

Ted Miller: Vegas, baby! This is enough of a step up in competition -- not to mention a road game -- that we might get a better idea of the Wildcats on both sides of the ball, particularly QB B.J. Denker. Will the passing game open up a bit? Or is this just going to be the "Ka'Deem is Back" show? Arizona 35, UNLV 24.

Washington State at USC

Kevin Gemmell: Despite a good effort last week from the Cougars, turnovers continue to be an issue. And USC’s defense looked pretty opportunistic. The chance of getting Silas Redd back boosts a running back corps that looks pretty good with Justin Davis and Tre Madden. USC 31, Washington State 21.

Ted Miller: This game definitely gives me pause. The Cougars showcased an Air Raid revival at Auburn, and the Trojans' secondary is vulnerable. Also, the status of USC's best pass-rusher, Morgan Breslin, is questionable, as he has a bum ankle. Still, this is a Pac-12 defense, a big step up from last weekend. I also suspect we'll see more from the Trojans' offense this week than it showed at Hawaii. USC 35, Washington State 28.

San Jose State at Stanford

Kevin Gemmell: SJSU boasts a good wide receiver in Noel Grigsby and a very good quarterback in David Fales. But I don’t see it as anything Stanford’s veteran defense can’t handle. The Cardinal, once again, probably won’t be a team that blows people out. But wins are wins, and Stanford should get plenty of them this year. Stanford 27, San Jose State 13.

Ted Miller: I like Fales. He will give the Stanford defense a good test, although he's learning a West Coast offense that's different than what he ran under Mike MacIntyre. It's supposed to be more physical, which might not be a great plan against the rugged Cardinal. I also think the Stanford offense might have a nice opening night, seeing as the Spartans welcome back just five defensive starters and changed coaching staffs, switching from a 4-3 to a 3-4. Stanford 35, San Jose State 17.