Unbuckling the mailbag:
Answer: We've already been through this. Stanford Coach David Shaw said Stanford would never fake injuries.
"We don't condone it, we don't teach it, we don't allow it," Shaw said.
Huskies Coach Steve Sarkisian basically accused Stanford players of faking injuries to slow down his team's up-tempo offense. Sarkisian even called out Stanford assistant Randy Hart, which he should not have done.
Shaw was so peeved, he called the Pac-12 Conference office to complain but no reprimands are expected.
I don't know if Stanford players were faking. I do believe Stanford players have faked injuries. There is video of a Cardinal player obviously feigning at Oregon in 2010. You can see Oregon Coach Chip Kelly telling the official the hobbled player would be back on the very next play. And he was.
Jim Harbaugh, not Shaw, was the head coach then and some Stanford fans have insisted Shaw was talking about present-day Stanford. But that doesn't wash.
Shaw said, "How we play has led to three BCS bowls and a 100% graduation rate."
Problem: Shaw led Stanford to only two of those bowls. He was a Harbaugh assistant on the 2010 team that won the Orange Bowl.
That was the same year Stanford played at Oregon.
Q: How many votes does USC get in next week's polls?
A: USC won't crack my top 25 unless 10 programs drop football over the weekend, but the Trojans could possibly receive some votes in the Associated Press or USA Today polls.
If you look at the order of the "others receiving votes," USC just defeated the No. 34 team in the USA Today coaches' poll. Yippee!
USC defeated Arizona and lost to Arizona State while giving up a total of 93 points in the two games.
USC could also pick up some points from Rutgers, which garnered eight points in the poll but lost Thursday at Louisville.
I doubt Trojans fans are going to throw a party if this happens. I can remember a time, in 2003, when USC was included in the category of "Others receiving national championships."