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Pac-12 Confidential

Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

October 29, 2014 at 8:45 PM

The weekly Pac-12 Prankings

Wherein we take a stern, serious traditional look at the state of football in the league . . . 1. Oregon (7-1) … Word is, Knight will replace Archie on playoff committee 2. Arizona (6-1) … So many transfers, Solomon throws wideouts boarding passes 3. Arizona State (6-1) … After UW, woozy Kelly mistakenly boarded Metro bus 4. Utah…

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October 28, 2014 at 6:49 PM

Winners and losers in the first college playoff poll

Tuesday marked a bit of history in college football — the release on ESPN of the first poll by the 12-member committee of athletic directors, former coaches, Condoleeza Rice, ex-USA Today sportwriter Steve Wieberg, etc., etc. It goes without saying there will be tons of movement in and out of…

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October 28, 2014 at 1:44 PM

Highlights from the Pac-12 coaches teleconference . . .

Tuesday marked the weekly Pac-12 football coaches teleconference. Herewith, some snippets: Arizona Scooby Wright is playing at an all-league level, having recorded three sacks and forcing three fumbles Saturday at Washington State. Says Rich Rodriguez, “I think he’s got a lot more physical skills than maybe he gets credit for. He’s extremely strong and athletic and got…

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October 27, 2014 at 4:24 PM

Pac-12 makes reform move, including four-year rides

The Pac-12 today announced a reform package it called “sweeping,” with an eye to student-athlete welfare, including four-year scholarships. Nationally, some schools had begun to guarantee four-year scholarships — and USC was one of those — so it made sense for the conference to get in step. Figure this to be a reaction partly to…

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October 27, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Mariota, Wright, Jackson get Pac-12 awards, and my ballot . . .

The Pac-12 announced Monday winners of its weekly awards for offensive, defensive and special-teams players of the week: Marcus Mariota of Oregon, Arizona linebacker Scooby Wright and USC return man Adoree Jackson. Media members vote for the awards, and I had Wright and Jackson along with them, but went for Travis Wilson of Utah for offensive…

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October 23, 2014 at 8:38 PM

Pac-12 picks, week 9

Awful performance last week, worst one I’ve experienced. Got to pick it up . . . Friday night Oregon (minus 18.5)-California in Santa Clara, Calif. — The Ducks have caught fire in a big way the past two weeks, just as they were being written off (here and elsewhere), or at least questioned. I don’t expect they’ll…

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October 21, 2014 at 8:27 PM

The weekly Pac-12 Prankings

Wherein we take a stern, serious traditional look at the state of the league in football: 1. Oregon (6-1) … Smartly, will just leave set of uni’s at Levi’s Stadium 2. Utah (5-1) . . . Offense is three yards and roostertail of OmniTurf rubber 3. Arizona (5-1) … Anu joins Hill in UA’s All-Solomon Hall of Fame 4….

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October 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

Highlights from the Pac-12 coaches teleconference . . .

  Tuesday is Pac-12 football coaches teleconference day. Some bits and pieces of what was said: Arizona ‘Cats reserve running back Adonis Smith might finally get on the field Saturday in Pullman because of injuries to Nick Wilson and Terris Jones-Grigsby, and that would be the capper on a pretty wild collegiate ride. Smith, from the Bay Area, actually…

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October 20, 2014 at 12:57 PM

Kessler, Randall and Phillips top players; I beg to differ

The Pac-12 announced Monday its football players of the week — USC quarterback Cody Kessler, Arizona State defensive back Damarious Randall and Utah kicker Andy Phillips. Kessler threw for a USC record seven touchdowns, Randall had seven tackles, recovered a fumble and forced one in the win over Stanford, and Phillips had three field goals at…

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