UNDATED (AP) — Former Oregon Ducks running back LaMichael James says Kenjon Barner has proven he's one of the best running backs in the country and deserves late consideration for the Heisman Trophy. Barner rushed for a school-record 321 yards and scored five touchdowns in the 62-51 victory over the then-No. 18 Trojans Saturday, a game many saw as a preview to the Pac-12 championship.
BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Allan Bridgford could get a chance to start at quarterback for the Golden Bears against No. 2 Oregon because starter Zach Maynard is hampered by an injured left knee. Coach Jeff Tedford says Bridgford took the majority of practice snaps with the first team today. Maynard watched with a heavy brace on his left leg.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — Stanford coach David Shaw says redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan will make his first start as quarterback for the No. 16 Cardinal on Saturday against No. 13 Oregon State in what is essentially a Pac-12 North semifinal. The winner will face Oregon with a chance to advance to the conference championship.
PHOENIX (AP) — The Pac-12 South is crowded at the top. As it stands now, UCLA leads at 4-2, a half-game ahead of Southern California. Arizona State is right behind them at 3-3. Arizona State and USC face each other on Saturday, so one team could get knocked out of the race. If the Trojans win, it would set up a huge game against the Bruins on Nov. 17 at the Rose Bowl.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington forward Shawn Kemp Jr. is expected to be sidelined six to eight weeks after tearing the patella tendon in his right knee. Huskies coach Lorenzo Romar says Kemp doesn't need surgery and should be back in time for the Pacific-12 opener Jan. 5 against Washington State. Kemp averaged 1.6 points in 28 games last season as freshman.