TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) — No. 23 Arizona State is moving back toward national relevance after opening with two wins under Herm Edwards. The Sun Devils are ranked for the first time since 2015 heading into this weekend’s game at San Diego State. Not bad for a team with new coaches and new players that was picked to finish last in the Pac-12 South.
SEATTLE (AP) — Washington coach Chris Petersen says the 10th-ranked Huskies will be facing possibly the best defense in the league when they open Pac-12 play against Utah. Petersen says the blocking will need to be better against the Utes than it was against North Dakota last weekend. The Huskies beat North Dakota 45-3 but they were far from crisp. Washington faces Utah on Saturday night in Salt Lake City.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — UCLA has been undergoing something of a youth movement in Chip Kelly’s first year at the helm. A total of 13 freshmen played in the loss to No. 5 Oklahoma. Kelly insists his attention isn’t on the future but on getting the Bruins a win, ideally against Fresno State on Saturday.
BOULDER, Colo. (AP) — Colorado junior linebacker Davion Taylor didn’t play in high school football games because of religious reasons. A Seventh-day Adventist, Taylor went through practices only to sit out game days to observe the Sabbath from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday. His winding path landed him at Colorado where he’s quickly gotten up to speed and helped the Buffaloes to a 2-0 start.