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

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December 20, 2014 at 9:30 AM

Pac-12 bowl picks — Las Vegas: Utah-Colorado State

Saturday marks the first of eight bowl games involving Pac-12 teams — the Las Vegas bowl, featuring Utah and Colorado State. The betting line has dropped from the four-point spread favoring the Utes to 2.5; no doubt Utah’s (8-4) skittish offense has something to do with that. CSU (10-2) quarterback Garrett Grayson has been drawing…

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December 19, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Pelini’s rant, Mariota’s speech, UW/WSU props and more . . .

Been engulfed in a bowl preview piece recently that ran in the Friday paper, plus a few other things, so there’s been limited time to catch up on several recent events: Pelini trashes the joint on the way out: If you haven’t listened to Bo Pelini’s parting thank-you to Nebraska — a bootleg tape of a…

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December 17, 2014 at 2:16 PM

Huge blow for Oregon’s title chances: Ekpre-Olomu injures knee

Multiple reports are indicating that Oregon cornerback Ifo Ekpre-Olomu tore up a knee earlier this week in practice and is out of the Ducks’ playoff semifinal game in the Rose Bowl against Florida State. First, if true, that has to be a massive disappointment for the player, a senior coming toward the most meaningful games of…

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December 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM

Pac-12 was tough, and the proof is in the awards

The 2014 version of Pac-12 football was widely regarded to be one of its best years, and the national post-season awards are reflecting it. Already, Arizona’s Scooby Wright has pulled down the Nagurski (top defensive player) and Lombardi (top lineman or linebacker) awards, Utah’s Nate Orchard has captured the Hendricks Award (defensive ends) and UCLA’s…

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December 10, 2014 at 3:41 PM

Stunners a pair: Beavers replace Riley with Gary Andersen

It was shocking last week when Oregon State football coach Mike Riley walked on what was essentially a lifetime contract at Oregon State and went to Nebraska. Now theĀ  Beavers have returned serve and replaced him with another Big Ten coach. Wisconsin confirmed Wednesday afternoon that Gary Andersen, 50, is leaving the Badgers after just two…

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December 7, 2014 at 8:53 PM

A fast analysis of the bowl lineup for Pac-12 teams

  As usual, the Pac-12 bowl lineup offers the league plenty of opportunity for a successful post-season, partly because the opposing lineup isn’t, overall, that daunting. This is a menu in which the Pac-12 teams will be favored in most games. However, that’s also a recipe for the better team taking the game lightly, always a…

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December 7, 2014 at 12:03 PM

‘Zona, and the Pac-12, get respect from the committee

Arizona, despite its 51-13 blowout loss Friday night in the Pac-12 title game against Oregon, dropped only three spots from No. 7 to 10th, and will play Boise State in the Fiesta Bowl. That’s a nice nod to the 10-3 season the Wildcats had, and it’s also a $4 million boon to the conference atop…

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December 6, 2014 at 9:36 PM

TCU, Baylor and Ohio State sweating bullets on selection eve

Well, it was a chalky weekend for the top teams vying for the first college football playoff, unlike almost all the final weekends that have come before in the BCS era. There was nothing in the way of a surprise, as first Oregon, then TCU, then Alabama won big, and in the evening, Florida State,…

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December 5, 2014 at 9:51 PM

A big night for the Ducks, and not a lot of other people

Well, the fourth Pac-12 title game is just now history, and you’d have to say Arizona was history almost from the opening kickoff Friday night at Levi’s Stadium. It was a big night for Oregon, which won 51-13, and not so much for just about anybody else affiliated with the league — unless you consider the…

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December 5, 2014 at 2:49 PM

A real puzzler: WSU’s Monroe reported to have quit Cougars

In another indication that the wrinkles haven’t been fully ironed out of the Mike Leach regime three years in at Washington State, middle linebacker Darryl Monroe is reported to have quit the Cougars with a year of eligibility remaining. Monroe’s departure was reported by Cougfan.com. Players come and go all the time, but two things make…

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