"Someone said it might be one of the big victories in college football," Appalachian State head coach Jerry Moore said after his team upset (formerly) fifth-ranked Michigan on Saturday. "It may be the biggest."
Big enough where it spread beyond the borders of its own two conferences and came up often in this morning's conference call with Pac-10 coaches.
I've already listed some UW notes in a couple of posts below, but here are some others from around the Pac-10:
OREGON, which visits Michigan Saturday: Coach Mike Bellotti said Michigan's stunning loss to Appalachain State "doesn't change the complexion" of the Ducks visit. He also said his QB Dennis Dixon is running more and passing more selectively this season, which are good things.
STANFORD, which has an open date: Coach Jim Harbaugh said he was pleased with quarterback T.C. Ostrander's "courageous" performance against UCLA. He repeated the coaches' mantra that teams improve most between their first and second games, and said the second-week bye "is a good thing for us."
ARIZONA, which hosts Northern Arizona: Coach Mike Stoops said he was "a little frustrated" with his new spread offense in the opening loss to BYU, wishing his offense had "forced the issue" more aggressively on the road against a good defensive team. He said quarterback Willie Tuitama played well, but "got a little antsy" when rushed. He doesn't plan major changes in the depth chart but indicated he might give more time to new young running backs.
OREGON STATE, which plays at Cincinnati on Thursdsay. Coach Mike Riley, speaking from the team bus on the way to the airport, said consecutive Thursday games are no problem because there are the normal number or preparation days between games. Revealed left guard Jeremy Perry will likely miss six weeks with lower leg injury. He said replacement Adam Speer got experience last season and started and played entire Sun Bowl game. Said receiver Sammie Stroughter, who previously walked away from the team citing grief issues, has been practicing and wants to play. Riley called that "surprising to me, but exciting also." Stroughter will travel with the team, but won't necessarily play, calling that "a family decision, too." Riley said quarterbacks Sean Canfield and Lyle Moevao will share time Thursday, but not in the fixed rotation Riley used in the opener. "Both did some very good thing and they also had some plays they'd like back," Riley said.
USC, facing an open date. With the Trojans likely to be favored every game this season, coach Pete Carroll agreed that Appalachian State win over Michigan gives coaches something to point to when they warn about taking no one for granted. However, he also points out the Appalachian State is a two-time defensing Division I-AA champion and far better than they're getting credit for. Carroll also said he was impressed with Week One opponent Idaho under new coach Robb Akey, saying the Vandals played as tough "as you would expect Robb's team to play … I'm fired up for him as he gets his program going."
UCLA, will play BYU Saturday. Quarterback Ben Olson began his college career at BYU before taking a mission and transferring to UCLA. However, coach Karl Dorrell said "I don't think (playing his old school) as big an impression on him as people think it is."
ARIZONA STATE, which plays Colorado on Saturday. Coach Dennis Erickson said his philosophy at Tempe is to establish the run. "We feel like our offensive line has played pretty well and we've got a couple of pretty good running backs," he said.
WASHINGTON STATE, which plays San Diego State on Saturday at Qwest Field. Coach Bill Doba said playing at Qwest Field "has kind of become second nature" to the Cougars. He added, "it's become bigger than football, it's become a university function … and they kind of cap it off with a football game on Saturday." Doba said he "saw only last couple of minutes" of Idaho's loss at USC, but he though the Vandals played hard and he talked to Akey, his former assistant, after the game.
CAL, which visits Colorado State. Coach Jeff Tedford was long-tired of talking about last season's loss to Tennessee, and he didn't seem much more interested in talking about their win over the Vols last week. "We've put it to bed," he said. "We have a veteran group here and the leadership knows that's over."