There wasn't much sizzle out of the Pac-10 coaches teleconference today, but there should be plenty of steak on Saturday: No. 9 Southern California visits No. 5 Oregon at noon, while No. 18 California meets No. 7 Arizona State that night.
We'll take a bit of a look at those games in the Wednesday paper.
For now, a few other notes from around the league:
ARIZONA: In his fourth season, coach Mike Stoops acknowledges questions about his job security and that some of his players may feel pressure to try to help. "They understand what's going on around them and winning is important," Stoops said Tuesday. "But my message has always been … not to worry about it. … You've got to play for yourself, your school, your family and your friends."
ARIZONA STATE: After watching Cal's game tapes coach Dennis Erickson said the Bears are as good as anyone in the country. … Fewer than 5,000 tickets remain for that game. … Erickson said Keegan Herring and Dimitri Nance have stepped in nicely since a toe injury knocked out star tailback Ryan Torain for the season.
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CALIFORNIA: Coach Jeff Tedford said that quarterback Nate Longshore was "very courageous" in playing despite an ankle injury last weekend.
OREGON: Coach Mike Bellotti said concerns about Washington quarterback Jake Locker's running ability contributed to his secondary giving up touchdown passes of 83, 43, 38 and 26 yards against the Huskies.
OREGON STATE: Coach Mike Riley lamented the potential loss of 40 percent of his offensive line as tackle Tavita Thompson has been ruled ineligible by the NCAA and guard Jeremy Perry (broken left fibula) is questionable for this week. Guard Roy Schuening also has been sick, but he is expected to be well enough to play this weekend.
STANFORD: First-year coach Jim Harbaugh played under Riley with the San Diego Chargers and each spoke warmly of the other in advance of their coming meeting. … Harbaugh also continues to be impressed with Cardinal quarterback Tavita Pritchard, a sophomore from Clover Park, praising his "moxie."
UCLA: Starting middle linebacker Christian Taylor (concussion) is questionable for the WSU game.
USC: Senior Chauncey Washington will remain the starting tailback despite the better statistics of sophomore Stafon Johnson and the emergence of prize freshman Joe McKnight. However,coach Pete Carroll still doesn't know if Mark Sanchez or John David Booty will start at quarterback. … After watching their performance at Washington, Carroll called the Oregon offense "extraordinary" and "the best offense that we've seen probably since we've been here."
WSU: Coach Bill Doba said he thinks his team made the most of its time off and of its work time during their bye week. The Cougars return to action Saturday vs. UCLA in Pullman.