UNDATED (AP) — All eyes are on LSU-Alabama this week. It’s the first matchup of Nos. 1 and 2 teams in The Associated Press Top 25 since the Tigers and Crimson Tide met in 2011. The loser still has a path to the playoff if it wins out and a one-loss Georgia falls in the Southeastern Conference championship game. The other big game Saturday is in Minneapolis, where fifth-ranked Penn State plays No. 13 Minnesota in another battle of unbeatens. No. 18 Iowa visits No. 16 Wisconsin in a key Big Ten West game.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California has hired veteran collegiate sports administrator Mike Bohn as its new athletic director. USC announced the hiring nearly two months after Lynn Swann abruptly resigned. Bohn has spent the past five years as the athletic director at the University of Cincinnati. He is the first AD at USC with no ties to the school since 1993.
UNDATED (AP) — Two teams in need of a win meet in the desert Saturday when Arizona State hosts Southern California. The Trojans need this win and maybe a couple more to possibly save coach Clay Helton’s job. USC is just one game out of the Pac-12 South lead but is coming off a lopsided loss to Oregon. The Sun Devils were once in contention for the Pac-12 South title but have stumbled recently.
UNDATED (AP) — Oregon State coach Jonathan Smith’s insights as a former assistant at Washington didn’t help the Beavers get the win last season when they faced the Huskies in Seattle. There’s a twist this season, however, because Oregon State is much improved. The Beavers have three conference wins going into Friday night’s game against the Huskies. Washington has just two.
PULLMAN, Wash. (AP) — CJ Elleby scored 27 points and Washington State overpowered Seattle for an 85-54 victory. Washington State looked strong on both sides of the ball in their season opener under new head coach Kyle Smith.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Hall of Famer Tina Thompson will be honored at Southern California when her jersey is retired this weekend. A ceremony will be held before the Trojans host Thompson’s Virginia team at Galen Center, where her No. 14 jersey will be hoisted. Thompson joins former USC stars Cynthia Cooper, Lisa Leslie, Pam McGee, Paula McGee and Cheryl Miller in having their jerseys retired.