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September 11, 2007 at 10:47 AM

Pac-10 notes

As always, Tuesday is the day of the Pac-10 coaches conference call when the media gets an update on every team.
Here are some highlights:
WASHINGTON: Tyrone Willingham had no real update on any of the team’s injured players from what he had said Monday other than indicating that he expects CB Byron Davenport to be able to play. “We got one great play out of him last week so this week we’ll hope for two great plays,” he said.
OREGON: The Ducks host Fresno State this week and Mike Bellotti said he’s not too worried about his team overlooking the Bulldogs based on how close the series has been through the years — Oregon won just 31-24 last year scoring with under five minutes left. “All we have to do is point to history,” Bellotti said. Bellotti also praised the play of Dennis Dixon and pointed out that any concerns over how his teammates would respond to him given his summer playing baseball were alleviated when those teammates voted Dixon a team captain at the end of fall camp.
STANFORD: The Cardinal hosts San Jose State this week and Jim Harbaugh said he’s sure his players will be motivated by a 35-34 loss to the Spartans last year when the Cardinal blew a big early lead.
OREGON STATE: The Beavers host Idaho State this week and coach Mike Riley said Sean Canfield will again start at QB but that Lyle Moevao will get in the game at some point. He said both QBs had problems with “inconsitency of reads” in throwing six picks last week.
ARIZONA: Mike Stoops said he was heartened by the way his team’s offense came on to score 45 points last week, saying QB Willie Tuitama is showing the ability to make all the throws and now just has to get comfortable in the offense.
USC: The Trojans play at Nebraska this week and coach Pete Carroll said RB Chauncey Washington has returned to practice adding even more depth to that spot. “I can’t tell you how that is all going to fit yet,” Carroll said.
UCLA: The Bruins play at Utah this week in what will likely be another game where Ben Olson — who attended BYU for a year — will be a key focus of fans and the media. Coach Karl Dorrell is more concerned about the whole team, however, saying “we know we are not yet playing at a level we are comfortable with.” He said the RB tandem of Khalil Bell and Chris Markey will continue, saying he likes the difference in the two — Bell is more the power runner and Markey more of a slasher.
ARIZONA STATE: The Sun Devils host San Diego State, a school that considered hiring Dennis Erickson two years ago before hiring Chuck Long, instead. But that wasn’t a topic Erickson wanted to discuss today, saying that wouldn’t be on his mind. He said he was more concerned about the eight personal foul penalties his team had against Colorado, calling many of them “stupid penalties” and saying “we have to eliminate those and we will.”
CAL: The Bears host Lousiana Tech this week and believe it or not, La Tech holds a 1-0 lead in the all-time series, beating the Bears in 1997. Jeff Tedford said Cal’s almost-collapse against Colorado State has made the team aware that “we can’t take anybody lightly.” Cal got a big contribution from RB James Montgomery, the one-time UW commit, and Tedford praised him today saying he’s “got some strength and some toughness at the running back position.”
WSU: The Cougars host Idaho this week in a series that has been annual since 1998 but will discontinue at least momentarily after this year. Coach Bill Doba said the two teams will likely play each other every 2-3 years but that it’s better not to play every season. Doba said the fact that the players see each other all the time could be a “disaster” waiting to happen and that not playing may help defuse hard feelings and avoid any problems.

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