I work with a guy named Dave Kiffin. I have been laughing at him for nominal association alone for about an hour. Even if USC comes back, 2013 looks really shaky for the Trojans right now...
#12 Oklahoma at West Virginia (7:00 p.m., FOX)
Just keep it on Fox after USC-UCLA is over. Solid test for OU FS Tony Jefferson. OT Lane Johnson and WR Kenny Stills need to impress against a pitiful WVU Defense, to say nothing of OU QB Landry Jones. Rams fans should get looks in at WRs Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey as well, especially the former. Austin's got a skill set that no one on the Rams has. He might be the kind of offensive playmaker that really changes things for Sam and Schottenheimer. On futures watch? OU RS sophomore DE Chuka Ndulue is really turning into a force. And freshmen WRs Sterling Shepard and Trey Metoyer are going to make OU football fun to watch next year.
#13 Stanford at #2 Oregon (8:00 p.m., ABC)
Well, Chip Kelly kind of has nowhere to go but down...unless he can really make 2012 a special season. What's different with this year's team is that he's got some legit NFL talents outside of RB. DE Dion Jordan, LB Kiko Alonso and OT Kyle Long are going to pop up in plenty of 7-round drafts, although Jordan will make plenty of first-rounders on his own. Sophomore TE Colt Lyerla is coming along nicely. And those sophomore CBs, Ifo Ekpre-Olomu and Terrance Mitchell? They're turning heads.
As for Stanford, year one in the post-Luck era has things on track. OLB Chase Thomas, TE Zach Ertz, RB Stepfan Taylor and ILB Shayne Skov are all pretty high up on big boards for their respective positions. This game comes down to Stanford freshman QB Kevin Hogan, IMO, who is making his first college road start...at Oregon...good luck, kid.