UNDATED (AP) — The Pac-12’s class of running backs is unquestionably led by Stanford’s Bryce Love, a Heisman finalist last year who has returned for his senior year. Washington’s Myles Gaskin came back for another season, too. Utah’s Zack Moss is also considered a rusher to watch this fall. But it’s a pair of Beavers, Jermar Jefferson and Artavis Pierce, who lead the Pac-12 in average yards in the early going.
STANFORD, Calif. (AP) — All-America running back Bryce Love will miss No. 9 Stanford’s game against UC Davis on Saturday with an injury. Cardinal coach David Shaw would not disclose specifics about Love’s injury. Stanford plays at No. 20 Oregon on Sept. 22.
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.
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.
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.