In addition to the quarterback question at Stanford that I wrote about below, there are also big quarterback issues this week at USC and UCLA.
At USC, sophomore Mark Sanchez is working with the starters while senior John David Booty hopes the broken bone in the middle finger of his throwing hand won't force him to the sidelines.
The situation is even more complicated at UCLA, where coach Karl Dorrell is reaching far down the depth chart and revising earlier plans in an effort to weather a series of challenges.
No. 1 quarterback Ben Olson underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Tuesday to check for a possible cartilage tear. Meanwhile, No. 2 quarterback Patrick Cowan remains sidelined with a knee injury suffered two weeks ago against Washington.
Behind those top two, Dorrell said he would have to choose from among walk-on McLeod Bethel-Thompson, who was ineffective in the Saturday loss to Notre Dame; freshman Chris Forcier, who had been scheduled to redshirt; and Osaar Rasshan, a former quarterback who had been moved to receiver where it was thought he might get more playing time. Now, he will have to move back.
The Bruins get an extra week to settle their situation, as the only Pac-10 team with a bye this weekend. However, the other nine teams are in action in four league matches and one intersectional: Washington at No. 14 Arizona State, Washington State at No. 9 Oregon, Arizona at No. 10 USC, Oregon State at No. 2 California, and Texas Christian at Stanford.
Other notes from around the league:
OREGON STATE: Star receiver Sammie Stroughter will miss the rest of the season due to bruised kidney. He will apply for a medical redshirt. The injury ends a disappointing season for Stroughter, who had previously left the team briefly due to personal reasons. He ended up playing in three games, catching 15 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns.
OREGON: The Ducks moved into the nation's Top 10 for the first time since 2005. … Oregon had a bye last week, and returns to action Saturday against Washington State. Under coach Mike Bellotti, the Ducks are 12-1 following bye weeks.
CALIFORNIA: Coach Jeff Tedford was asked what his team's new No. 2 national ranking means: "Nothing whatsoever," he said. "We never talk about it. We just try to get better each day in practice."
ARIZONA: As USC's next opponent, Wildcats coach Mike Stoops said he expects the Trojans would weather a move from Booty to Sanchez as well as their previous move from Matt Leinart to Booty. However, he does expect one lingering result from SC's loss last week: "They're going to be mad," he said.