BERKELEY, Calif. -- Connor Halliday threw for 521 yards and three touchdowns and Washington State used its highest scoring conference game in 10 years to snap an eight-game skid against California with a 44-22 victory Saturday.
Freshman Jared Goff threw for 489 yards and two touchdowns for his third 400-yard passing game already this season and Chris Harper had 13 catches for 216 yards and a score. But it wasn't enough to give coach Sonny Dykes his first win against an FBS opponent in a disappointing debut season with the Bears.
Cal's only win this season is against lower-division Portland State and the Bears current nine-game losing streak to FBS opponents since beating Washington State Oct. 13, 2012, is the longest of any team in a BCS conference.
Matt Campbell already has brought some renewed energy to Iowa State, but a tough schedule may make a bowl appearance unlikely in Year 1.
Michigan State's roster is largely built of interchangeable parts, but they don't make many parts that fit the mold of Malik McDowell.
In 100 days, the ACC will face an unusually important opening weekend, with its two top national contenders facing huge nonconference tests.
Nick Chubb continued to rehab is knee but is apparently ahead of schedule. Still, the staff is going to be very cautious with his return this fall.
Michigan has a number of contenders for "most indispensable" status, but one stands out for being more difficult to replace than any of the others.
Are Oklahoma's Josh Heupel and TCU's Trevone Boykin among the top five quarterbacks in Big 12 history? A case can be made for both players.