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September 27, 2006
"It's exciting to get going in the Pac-10."
- Oregon State head football coach Mike Riley, whose team will be playing their first conference game this week.
The Creek was chock full of rankings this week as 12 conference teams were in the Top 25 rankings of football, women's soccer and volleyball. Volleyball had the most impressive collection of ranked teams as five conference squads were embedded in the Top 10 and USC was the only school to have ranked teams in every one of those sports with rankings of #2 [football], #5 [volleyball] and #22 [soccer].
Meanwhile at NCAA HQ, there was a proposal to lengthen the women's soccer regular season to 12 weeks in years when the men's season is also 12 weeks - an occurrence of four times over the next 11 year span.
The second-ranked Trojans defeated Arizona 20-3, to remain undefeated at 3-0 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Freshman fullback Stanley Havili is out for the year with a broken leg and junior receiver Dwayne Jarrett may be out with a shoulder sprain.
In women's soccer, the 22nd-ranked Women of Troy beat San Diego and lost to Loyola Marymount to move to 7-2-1 overall.
Fifth-ranked USC swept Oregon and Oregon State to improve to 13-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play in volleyball.
The Cougars defeated Stanford, 36-10, to move to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Junior offensive lineman Bobby Byrd is out for three weeks with a knee injury while senior linebacker Chris Baltzer is out for the year with a knee injury and defensive lineman Colin Donovan quit the sport due to injury. Senior defensive lineman Mkristo Bruce was named as the conference's defensive player of the week.
In women's soccer, the Cougars tied BYU but lost to New Mexico to move to 5-3-2 overall.
The Cougars were swept by Stanford and California to drop to 12-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play in volleyball.
The Cardinal lost to WSU, 36-10, to drop to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in conference play.
The 18th-ranked Cardinal beat UC-Irvine and San Diego State to improve to 7-3 overall. Senior midfielder Shari Summers was named as the conference's player of the week.
Sixth-ranked Stanford beat WSU but lost to Washington to move to 10-2 overall and 1-1 in conference play in volleyball.
Oregon State shut out Idaho, 38-0, to improve to 2-1 overall.
OSU was swept by USC and UCLA to drop to 3-8 overall and 0-2 in conference play in volleyball.
The Sun Devils lost to California, 49-21, to drop to 3-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Arizona State lost to San Diego to drop to 4-3-2 overall in women's soccer.
The Sun Devils beat rival Arizona to improve to 9-3 overall and 1-0 in conference play.
The Bruins lost to Washington, 29-19, to drop to 2-1 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
The fifth-ranked Bruins lost to Santa Clara and beat Pepperdine to move to 7-2 overall in women's soccer.
Third-ranked UCLA swept Oregon and Oregon State to improve to 15-0 overall and 2-0 in conference play in volleyball.
Washington defeated UCLA, 29-19, to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. The Huskies received a verbal commitment from Nate Williams. Senior punter Sean Douglas was named as the conference's special teams player of the week.
In men's hoop, Washington received a verbal commitment from 6-6 Justin Holiday.
The Huskies lost to BYU and beat New Mexico to move to 5-5 overall in women's soccer.
Fourth-ranked Washington swept Stanford and California to improve to 12-1 overall and 2-0 in conference play. Junior outside hitter Christal Morrison was named as the conference's player of the week in volleyball.
The 18th-ranked Bears defeated Arizona State, 49-21, to improve to 3-1 overall and 1-0 in conference play. Sophomore quarterback Nate Longshore was named as the conference's offensive player of the week.
The 13th-ranked Bears beat Boise State and San Francisco to improve to 7-1-2 overall in women's soccer.
In volleyball, the 7th-ranked Bears lost to Washington but defeated WSU to move to 12-1 overall and 1-1 in conference play.
The Wildcats lost to USC, 20-3, to drop to 2-2 overall and 0-1 in conference play. Freshman running back Glyndon Bolasky may be out for the year with a knee injury. Defensive lineman Paul Philipp, also has a knee injury, and will be out for a month. Another defensive lineman, Yaniv Barnett may miss this week's game with arrhythmia and an elbow injury.
The Wildcats lost to Portland and BYU to drop to 6-3 overall in women's soccer.
Arizona lost to rival ASU to drop to 9-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play in volleyball.
The Ducks lost to Nevada and beat Idaho to move to 5-4 overall in women's soccer.
The Ducks were swept by USC and UCLA to drop to 10-2 overall and 0-2 in conference play in volleyball.
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