A few things …

I’ve written often and at length about the negative impact late-night starts have on fans of schools such as Oregon and Oregon State.

Many fans attending games in Autzen or Reser Stadiums drive some distance. Hotel options in Eugene and Corvallis are limited and expensive. When games end at 11 p.m. or after, fans then are faced with a long drive home.

Even worse, though, is when fans don’t know start times for games until the last minute.

Which brings us to the Oregon-USC game next week in Autzen Stadium.

ESPN has announced it will wait until the results this week to decide when it wants to air Oregon-USC, Cal-Stanford and UCLA-Utah.

For UO fans, that means the USC game could start anywhere between 12:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

I think it’s time for the Pac-12 to push back against the way television controls game times without any apparent regard for fans trying to attend.

At some point people buying tickets have to matter.

— Portland State quarterback Alex Kuresa is the subject of an in-depth profile by the Salt Lake Tribune.

The story by Christopher Kamrani notes Kuresa began his college career at BYU before going on a mission for the LDS church. He then went to Snow College, a two-year school in Ephraim, Utah, in an effort to catch the attention of a four-year program looking for a quarterback.

He was recruited by a number of bigger schools as an athlete. Among his suitors was Oregon State. But the Beavers apparently were not interested in Kuresa as a quarterback.

Given the state of OSU’s quarterback position, how well Kuresa has played and how important his leadership has been for the Vikings, it appears the Beavers missed on that evaluation.

Kuresa and the Vikings, by the way, entertain first-place Southern Utah in a key Big Sky Conference game at 2:05 p.m. Saturday at Providence Park.

OK, more links:

Nice win over Cal, but the Ducks have a much tougher challenge this week against Stanford. It’s one of my three takeaways from the weekend.

Five takeaways from Oregon’s victory over Cal, and what they could mean against Stanford.

The Merc’s Jon Wilner: The UO defense will have to play its best game of the season for the Ducks to have a chance against Stanford.

Kevin Gemmell of ESPN.com writes an appreciation for Stanford QB Kevin Hogan.

Underdog Oregon has a big opportunity at Stanford.

The return of receiver Darren Carrington has added juice to the UO passing game.

The R-G’s Austin Meek: Pin-up calendar of Oregon’s offensive line raises money for charity.

The UO depth at running back is making things easier for Vernon Adams and Royce Freeman.

The Ducks believe things are looking up for their beleaguered defense.

UO secondary plays its best game against Jared Goff and Cal’s “Bear Raid.”

Touted prep receiver Dillon Mitchell signs a non-binding financial aid agreement with Oregon.

Vincent Bonsignore of the Los Angeles Times: Oregon State’s ineptitude this season shows how good Mike Riley was.

Oregon State coach Gary Andersen defends the tactics of his defensive line after UCLA complaints.

Andersen boots receiver Datrin Guyton from the team.

Guyton is dismissed for a violation of athletic department and team rules.

Andersen says morale isn’t an issue for the Beavers.

Wilner: Cal is bad and getting worse, but there is no chance the Bears will lose to Oregon State.

If Seth Collins is back with OSU next season, he probably will be a receiver.

No moment is too big for OSU tackle Will Hopkins.

The Beavers’ tight ends have their own coach Andersen.

Good news for OSU fans who drive from some distance to Corvallis for games; next week’s Washington game is set for 3 p.m.

Cal’s roller coaster season is plummeting.

Clemson, Ohio State, Baylor & Stanford; how I voted in this week’s “First Four” poll.

Here is the way the “First Four” poll turned out.

Portland State corner Xavier Coleman says the pain from the upset loss at Northern Colorado has not subsided.

Southern Utah is ranked No. 15 heading into Saturday’s game with No. 16 Portland State.

Southern Utah QB Ammon Olsen misses Monday’s practice with concussion symptoms.

Wazzu’s offensive line is the most important unit on the team.

UCLA’s pass rush preps for the “Air Raid.”

The Bruins praise WSU quarterback Luke Falk.

The Cougs have appeared to find their footing after a rough start to the season.

Matt Calkins of the Seattle Times: The UW program can’t afford to miss the postseason.

Washington quarterback Jake Browning’s ability to run has been a bonus.

UW coach Chris Petersen refuses to complain about touchdown-negating penalties that went against the Huskies.

The Arizona State secondary allowed too many open receivers against Wazzu.

Utah’s defense has had trouble with Arizona’s zone read attack in recent seasons.

With Utah safety Chase Hansen out for the season, Tevin Carter returns to the starting lineup.

Hansen goes down after playing a superb game against Washington.

Utah punter Tom Hackett wants his stolen car returned.

The Daily Star’s Greg Hansen: Sometimes the wins and losses are the least important part of college football.

Arizona offensive lineman Gerhard de Beer makes the most of his opportunity.

USC coach Clay Helton shrugs off the statistics, says QB Cody Kessler’s performance against Arizona was “phenomenal.”

The Trojans expect it to be chilly on Friday night in Boulder.

USC receivers say they will make no concessions to the weather.

Another up-and-down season for USC running back Tre Madden.

Praised by Stanford coach David Shaw, Colorado gears up for USC.

Colorado safety Ryan Moeller, injured in a moped accident, is expect to miss his fourth consecutive game.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

The links from Beaver Sports Now.

— Ken Goe


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