Marqise Lee is on his way to an 80-yard touchdown, going past ASU defender Deveron Carr during the Trojans’ 38-17 victory at the Coliseum in 2012. Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards. (AP Photo/Bret Hartman)
OF LOCAL INTEREST:
== Saturday, 7:30 p.m., ESPN2: USC at Arizona State (Dave Flemming, Mike Bellotti, Allison Williams) UCLA has a bye week, prepping for a Thursday night game next week
PAC-12 WILLING PARTICIPANTS (all games Saturday): == Noon, Pac-12 Network: Colorado at Oregon State (Kevin Calabro, Yogi Roth, Jill Savage)
== 4 p.m., Channel 11: Arizona at Washington (Gus Johnson, Charles Davis, Kristina Pink) == 7 p.m., ESPN: Stanford at Washington State (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Maria Taylor) == 7:30 p.m., Pac-12 Network: Cal at Oregon (Ted Robinson, Glenn Parker, Drea Avent)
MARQUEE MATCHUPS (all games Saturday): == 12:30 p.m., Channel 2: LSU at Georgia (Vern Lundquist, Gary Danielson, Tracy Wolfson) == 12:30 p.m., Channel 4: Oklahoma at Notre Dame (Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock, Alex Flanagan) == 5 p.m., Channel 7: Wisconsin at Ohio State (Brent Musburger, Kirk Herbstreit, Heather Cox)
With 1-2 Green Bay and 1-2 Carolina embracing the first bye week:
THURSDAY: 5:25 p.m., NFL Network: 1-2 San Francisco at 1-2 St. Louis (with Brad Nessler, Mike Mayock and Alex Flanagan)
SUNDAY: 10 a.m., Channel 2: 0-3 Minnesota vs. 0-3 Pittsburgh at Wembley Stadium, England (with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms). How soon would London want its own NFL team? ESPN’s Greg Garber looks into it and has this quote from Carolina receiver Steve Smith: “If that happens, it’s a clear vision that they don’t really care about the players’ safety, they care about their pockets. And I think that is messed up.” The rest of CBS’ games in this window: 2-1 Baltimore at 1-2 Buffalo (with Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts), 2-1 Indianapolis at 0-3 Jacksonville (with Kevin Harlan and Solomon Wilcots) and 2-1 Cincinnati at 1-2 Cleveland (with Marv Albert and Rich Gannon).
10 a.m., Channel 11: 3-0 Chicago at 2-1 Detroit (with Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick and Laura Okmin) The rest of Fox’s games in this window: 1-2 Arizona at 0-3 Tampa Bay (with Sam Rosen, Heath Evans and Molly McGrath), 0-3 N.Y. Giants at 3-0 Kansas City (with Kevin Burkhardt, John Lynch and Erin Andrews) and 3-0 Seattle at 2-1 Houston (with Chris Myers, Tim Ryan and Jennifer Hale).
1:25 p.m., Channel 11: 2-1 Dallas at 1-2 San Diego (with Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston and Tony Siragusa). In the unlikely event that the Chargers don’t have a sellout, we’ll see the game Fox would rather have us see: 1-2 Philadelphia at 3-0 Denver (with Joe Buck, Troy Aikman and Pam Oliver).Fox also has 0-3 Washington at 1-2 Oakland (with Dick Stockton, Ronde Barber and Kris Budden) in this window; CBS has 2-1 N.Y. Jets at 2-1 Tennessee (with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf).
5:30 p.m., Channel 4: 3-0 New England at 1-2 Atlanta (Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth, Michele Tafoya)
MONDAY: 5:40 p.m., ESPN: 3-0 Miami at 3-0 New Orleans (with Mike Tirico, Jon Gruden and Lisa Salters)
What’s on tap for the sports calendar this coming week:
USC’s George Uko tackles ASU quarterback Taylor Kelly during the 2012 game at the Coliseum. USC won 38-17. (Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)
COLLEGE FOOTBALL: USC at ARIZONA STATE, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., ESPN2: Defending yourself in the first major road test of the season will be on the minds of USC’s defenders for this night-time matchup against a Sun Devils team that had been ranked in the Top 25 until losing to Stanford, 42-28, at home last Saturday. USC’s defense has given up just an average of 11 points a game through the first four contests, ranking 11th in the nation. Last year, the Trojans slapped a 38-17 loss on the visiting Sun Devils, picking Taylor Kelly off three times. But in 2011, ASU ended an 11-game USC winning streak in the series with a victory on its home turf. Stanford’s defense Saturday figured out how to hold ASU to just 50 yards in the ground, but that’s somewhat deceiving as the Cardinal got out to such a quick lead, Kelly had to throw for 367 yards just to make the final score respectable. ASU’s two wins are also rather skewed. It blew out subdivision school Sacramento State, then held on with a controversial ending to knock off Wisconsin, 32-30, in a game that ended so wrong the Pac-12 officials were publically reprimanded.
This game could have been at 7 p.m. on ESPN, but was instead pushed back a half hour and farmed out to the “other” channel. Understandable.
The Coliseum seats aren’t as populated as they used to be, so it’s a little easier to pick out the latest popular T-shirt many of the USC sorority girls are wearing these days.
It’s that slimming red one with the gold letters that read: “Keep Calm and Fight On.”
It also might include “Mind the gap,” like the one that’s occurring between fans who find this Trojans football team efficiently sporting a 3-1 record today as the season reaches the quarter pole versus those who are more inclined to fill the place amped up for the wildly entertaining, numbers-driven, record-breaking contests of not-so-yesteryear.
Muted outcomes like the Trojans’ 17-14 be-thankful-for-not-a-loss victory over Mountain West juggernaut Utah State on Saturday aren’t going to lend any vital data that could be used in USC athletic director Pat Haden’s ongoing thesis that head coach Lane Kiffin is a dynamic play-caller. …
Heard about the newest cocktail they’re serving at Arizona bars this weekend?
It’s the Bloody Dodger.
Korbel, with a splash of chlorine.
With Hanley Ramirez’s bat to stir it up.
Diamondbacks fans can go cry in it.
Dodgers fans can continue pour it all over themselves in celebration.
Put it in a shot glass for Arizona senior senator, former presidential candidate and American war hero John McCain.
He’s apparently willing to take the bullet for sending out a tweet calling the Dodgers a “no-class act” and “a bunch of overpaid, immature, arrogant spoiled brats” because a group of them dodged security, ran out of the clubhouse and dove into the Chase Field right-field swimming pool after clinching the NL West title on Thursday afternoon.
Maybe McCain, one of Congress’ own overpaid numbskulls, has a Twitter account attached to his video poker phone app and sent that by mistake?