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

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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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October 20, 2014 at 12:04 PM

SEC rules the Super 16 poll, and my ballot . . .

The link is to the National Football Foundation-Football Writers Assn. of America Super 16 ballot, which against has Mississippi State at the top, and a whole lot of other SEC teams close behind. Here’s the way I had it: 1, Mississippi State. 2, Ole Miss. 3, Florida State. 4, Alabama. 5, Oregon. 6, Auburn….

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October 16, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Pac-12 picks, week 8

  Tough year to win in this league. Tough year to pick it, too. Thursday night Utah (minus 2.5) at Oregon State — If this were the opener of the season, I’d guess Oregon State would have been a touchdown favorite, maybe more. But fortunes have reversed, or at least perceptions have. I did a double-take this week…

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October 15, 2014 at 8:33 PM

The weekly Pac-12 Prankings . . .

  Wherein we take a stern, serious, traditional look at the state of Pac-12 football . . . 1. Oregon  . . . Last time Ducks lost to Huskies, leisure suits were popular 2. Stanford . . . Taser-equipped defenders rarely miss tackles 3. Utah . . . Whittingham to name starting QB for OSU at…

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October 15, 2014 at 8:55 AM

Pac-12 at the halfway point: The good, bad, sublime, ridiculous

You don’t need me to tell you it’s been a wacked-out, almost incomprehensible first half to the Pac-12 football season — exemplified no better than by the fact road teams are 14-4 in league games. For comparison, road teams were 22-32 last year. Herewith, a look at a zany six weeks: Team of the first half …

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October 14, 2014 at 1:57 PM

Bits and pieces from Tuesday’s Pac-12 teleconference . . .

Tuesday marked the weekly Pac-12 coaches football teleconference. Some highlights: Arizona Wildcats coach Rich Rodriguez said he told his team that there were “probably 20 plays throughout the game” that could have made an impact, not just the 36-yard missed field goal at the wire against USC by Casey Skowron. Arizona was mostly a dink-and-dunk offense against the…

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October 13, 2014 at 12:22 PM

USC’s Allen, UW’s Shaq and Stanford’s Montgomery win awards

Pac-12 football players of the week came down Monday morning, and they went to Buck Allen, the USC running back who had a career-high 205 yards rushing at Arizona; Washington’s Shaq Thompson, who had the 100-yard return with a fumble for the Huskies against Cal; and Stanford’s Ty Montgomery, who had a nice, but not…

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