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

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November 26, 2014 at 2:34 PM

The weekly Pac-12 Prankings

A final stern, sober look at the state of Pac-12 football: 1. Oregon (10-1) . . . Eugene anarchists all behind Mariota’s Heisman bid 2. UCLA (9-2) . . . “The Drive” this week to show Mora baking mincemeat pies 3. Arizona State (9-2) . . . Looks upon UA like a scorpion bite 4. Arizona (9-2) . ….

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November 25, 2014 at 1:02 PM

A few highlights from the last Pac-12 coaches teleconference . . .

Tuesday morning marked the final, full 2014 Pac-12 football coaches teleconference. A few snippets from the call: Arizona Apparently, I didn’t get my question in quickly enough, and RichRod’s segment got shut down before it ever got started. Anu Solomon, the Wildcats’ starting quarterback, was in a boot at Monday night’s UA practice after aggravating an ankle injury…

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November 24, 2014 at 10:09 PM

An odd admission on officiating from the Pac-12 office . . .

Late Monday night came a release from the Pac-12 office that it admits errors on two of three touchdown overturns it made during a bizarre sequence in the Cal-Stanford game. On one Cal drive in the third quarter, the Bears had three scores overturned, eventually settling for a field goal. The admission is admirable, but it…

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November 24, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Pac-12 bowl picture: Muddy, murky and thoroughly unsettled

Did that headline state it plainly enough? It’s really hard figuring out who might be going where in Pac-12 bowls with one weekend left in the regular season. Eight teams — everybody but Cal, Oregon State, Washington State and Colorado — are eligible. Cal could make it in with a victory over BYU, but OSU would…

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November 23, 2014 at 6:04 PM

A viewer’s guide to the holiday hoops week in the Pac-12

There’s lots of good TV ahead this week in basketball. Here’s what’s on tap for each team in the Pac-12, with a nod to the best games on the tube. And if you’re following 13th-ranked Gonzaga, the Zags have Georgia Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN2 in the NIT season tipoff, and a game…

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November 23, 2014 at 9:41 AM

Bruins bore in on Pac-12 South championship

UCLA’s decisive 38-20 victory Saturday over USC puts the Bruins in position to nab the Pac-12 South football title and play Oregon Dec. 5 in the league championship game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara Dec. 5. Wins by UCLA, Arizona State and Arizona put the South in a three-way knot at 6-2 following Saturday’s games….

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November 20, 2014 at 5:35 PM

Pac-12 picks, Week 13

Washington State (plus 16.5) at Arizona State — Brew the coffee strongly; this is a 10 a.m. (Pacific standard) kickoff Saturday. Two seemingly key factors here: Taylor Kelly and the Sun Devils’ state of mind. Kelly, who had a big game last year at WSU, has been a bit of an enigma for the Sun…

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November 20, 2014 at 2:54 PM

USA Today’s annual survey of football-coaching salaries

USA Today released its annual survey of college football coaches salaries Thursday, and the general trend is not a big surprise. Salaries continue to rise sharply. The newspaper says coaches are making twice what they did in 2006, when it first explored the issue. Washington’s Chris Petersen is No. 13 nationally at…

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November 19, 2014 at 6:55 PM

Yup, this will be the latest Apple Cup in history

This doesn’t qualify as breaking news, just confirmation of bad news: This year’s Apple Cup, with kickoff at 7:30 p.m. in Pullman on Saturday of Thanksgiving weekend, is believed to mark the latest in a day the game has ever started. In other words, pack the moon boots and the mittens. The long-range forecast I found…

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November 19, 2014 at 5:59 PM

The weekly Pac-12 Prankings

The weekly stern, serious look at the state of Pac-12 football . . . 1. Oregon (9-1) . . . Swears it’s not overlooking Florida State, I mean Colorado 2. UCLA (8-2) . . . Bruins may own LA, since nobody else really wants to 3. Arizona (8-2) . . . Hoop-obsessed fans now celebrating Skowron’s three-ball 4. Arizona…

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