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    The gaffe was deeply regrettable, the subsequent furor entirely predictable: An intentional grounding call on first down followed by a missed second down, then a punt on what should have been third down and, eventually, a public admission of error by the conference office and scorn from coast to coast. The situation would have been an abject embarrassment for the Pac-12, except that what we described above happened to the SEC, during a major intersectional showdown between Auburn and Penn State early last season. That’s right. A gaffe nearly identical to what occurred in the Washington State-Oregon game three days ago struck SEC officials in Sept. ’21 and left Penn State coach James Franklin apoplectic. At least the Pac-12 corrected its mistake Saturday during the ensuing media timeout and gave Washington State a second chance to complete third down. SEC officials never gave the Nittany Lions a mulligan. After the game, the conference office offered a public mea culpa — just as the Pac-12 did Sunday when it admitted “a mistake was made with the down indicator” in Pullman. Major...
    The Hotline is delighted to provide Pac-12 fans with a weekly dive into the recruiting process through the eyes and ears of Brandon Huffman, the Seattle-based national recruiting analyst for 247Sports. The following information, in his words, was provided to the Hotline on Sept. 22 … *** The biggest news in the Pac-12 last week wasn’t just Oregon’s victory over Brigham Young or Washington’s win over Michigan State. It was the “relinquishing” of coaching duties by Arizona State’s Herm Edwards and the ripple effect the move will have on the Sun Devils’ recruiting for the 2023 class and throughout the near future. *** ASU had the lowest-rated class in the Pac-12 at the time of Edwards’ departure and was among the lowest in the country for Power Five schools: No. 92 in the 247Sports database behind the likes of Liberty, Georgia Southern, Ball State and Rice. Part of that was the uncertainty over Edwards’ future going into this year and the transition of coaches — off the staff and onto the staff. They only have six commitments in the class...
    BYU’s title defense begins this week. What title, you ask? The Cougars stands as the two-time defending champions of the West — unofficially, of course. In 2020, they were the best team in the western third of the country by default. Unlike Pac-12 and Mountain West schools, BYU played played a full season and finished with a 10-1 record. Last year, the Cougars were behind Utah in the end-of-season AP top-25 poll but earned the fictitious crown with a five-game sweep of the Pac-12, including a head-to-head victory over the Utes. Their pursuit of a three-peat starts Saturday in Eugene with the first of two matchups against the Pac-12. (The second comes late in the season, at Stanford.) If the Cougars collect another head-to-head sweep of the conference that wanted no part of them as a member, and if they end the year ranked higher than anyone from the Pac-12 or MW, we would proclaim them back-to-back-to-back champions without hesitation. Okay, maybe there would be a little hesitation … (All times Pacific. Point spreads taken from vegasinsider.com) 1. Brigham Young...
    Training camp begins this week across the conference and, admittedly, the development would have prompted mild interest around Hotline HQ in past years. We learned our lesson in 2021. The Pac-12’s abysmal early-season showing, which included losses to Montana, Nevada, Northern Arizona, Utah State, BYU, San Diego State and Fresno State, underscored the significance of training camp as a tool for evaluation and positioning teams to win immediately. Sure, there was a COVID hangover last season resulting from limited practices and games during the prior 12 months. Stamina and physicality clearly were not up to standard when Sept. ’21 arrived. But COVID wasn’t the sole reason the conference underperformed a year ago. We saw numerous instances of head coaches picking the wrong quarterback: Oregon State, Stanford, Utah, Arizona and Washington State all started the season with their best option on the bench. The situation this month is vulnerable to additional whiffs in judgment, with seven teams likely to have new starters. Our preview of Pac-12 training camp begins there … 1. The QB carousel That wasn’t a misprint: At least...
    If the oddsmakers are right, there won’t be much parity across Pac-12 divisions next season. Four of the top-five betting favorites to win the conference championship are from the South, according to recently-released odds from @betonline_ag. Among the North contingent, only Oregon is given a strong chance. As you’ll see below, the Hotline disagrees with the numbers. (Teams listed in order of lowest to highest odds. Wagering advice for entertainment purposes only.) USCOdds to win the Pac-12: 2-to-1Home: Arizona State, Washington State, Cal, ColoradoRoad: Stanford, Oregon State, Utah, Arizona, UCLAMisses: Oregon, WashingtonComment: It’s not a stretch to cast USC as the betting favorite with quarterback Caleb Williams in control of the offense and no Ducks or Huskies on the schedule. But at close to even money — and in the same division as the defending conference champions — the Trojans stand as a poor value pick. We might be interested at 4-to-1, but nothing less. OregonOdds: 11-to-5Home: Stanford, UCLA, Washington, UtahRoad: Washington State, Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Oregon StateMisses: USC, Arizona StateComment: The Ducks are essentially 2-to-1 to win the conference,...
    Defending NCAA champion Stanford could have a chance to avenge one of its three losses in a path back to the Final Four. The Pac-12 regular season and tournament winner is the No. 1 seed in the Spokane regional, as was projected before the 68-team NCAA field was announced Sunday. Big 12 champion Texas is the No. 2 seed in Spokane, potentially setting up a rematch from Nov. 14 when the Longhorns won 61-56 in Palo Alto. “Whatever bracket you’re in, you’re going to be playing with other great teams,” Stanford coach Tara VanDerveer said. “That’s just the nature of it. We know how important it is to play well in every game.” Stanford is home for the first two rounds, opening against No. 16 seed Montana State on Friday. The winner will face  No. 8 Kansas or No. 9 Georgia Tech on Sunday. (Georgia Tech coach Nell Fortner was an assistant under VanDerveer on the 1995-96 U.S. Olympic team.) Other top seeds in Spokane are No. 3 LSU and No. 4 Maryland, with the Terps in the top half...
    Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 12 UCLA at Oregon, Thursday. The Bruins (20-4, 12-4 Pac-12) have bounced back from a three-point loss to rival No. 16 Southern California with three straight wins to keep conference-leading Arizona within reach. UCLA pulled off an impressive 14-point win over Arizona State on Monday night despite playing without point guard Tyger Campbell (shoulder) and Peyton Watson (knee). The Ducks (17-10, 10-6) are in big need of a win. They seemed to be rounding into form by winning 10 of 11, but have since lost three straight, including an ugly loss to California and a sweep by the Arizona schools. LOOKING AHEAD No. 2 Arizona’s bid for its first regular-season title since 2018 and a No. 1 seed in the Pac-12 tournament goes through the mountain schools this week. The Wildcats (24-2, 14-1), who have a 2 1/2-game lead over UCLA and USC, play Utah on Thursday and Colorado on Saturday. … Washington and Washington State, rivals clinging to NCAA Tournament hopes, play twice this...
    CORVALLIS, Ore. (AP) — Lexi Hull scored 21 points and No. 2 Stanford broke the game open with an 14-0 run in the fourth quarter, beating Oregon State 87-63 on Friday night. The Cardinal (22-3, 13-0 Pac-12) have won 14 games in a row and extended their conference winning streak to 28 games. Hannah Jump and Haley Jones added 13 points apiece for Stanford. Leading scorer Cameron Brink was in foul trouble throughout and was limited to five points. Oregon State (12-10, 5-7 Pac-12) lost for the fifth time in six games. Talia von Oelhoffen led the Beavers with 16 points, and Taya Corosdale added 11. NO. 8 ARIZONA 51, WASHINGTON 42 SEATTLE (AP) — Shaina Pellington scored 10 points, Sam Thomas hit a crucial 3-pointer with a minute to go and Arizona beat Washington. The Wildcats (19-4, 9-4 Pac-12) held the Huskies (5-14, 0-11) scoreless for more than 10 minutes midway through the game and send Washington to its 11th straight loss, all in conference play. Nancy Mulkey scored 13 for UW, and Missy Peterson added seven. NO. 10...
    Arizona women’s basketball exacted its revenge on Oregon, part of a lost weekend in the desert for the Oregon schools. It was the first conference week with all 12 teams playing instead of one or more out of action due to COVID protocols. The home teams dominated, winning nine of 13 games, the major exception being No. 2 Stanford easily sweeping in Los Angeles. The biggest winner of the week was No. 8 Arizona, which fulfilled coach Adia Barnes’ birthday wish with a 63-48 win over No. 19 Oregon on Friday, the day after Barnes turned 45. The Wildcats led for more than 34 minutes, to the delight of most of the 10,413 at McKale Center, and by as many as 21 points midway through the fourth quarter. There was no Oregon comeback similar to the one Jan. 15 in Eugene, when the Ducks rallied from 17 down late in the third quarter to win 68-66 in overtime — a game that ended with some bad blood between Barnes and Kelly Graves that both later downplayed as being overblown. “When...
    Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball: GAME OF THE WEEK: Arizona State at No. 3 Arizona, Saturday. The Wildcats (16-1, 6-0 Pac-12) lost 75-59 to No. 7 UCLA on Tuesday night, but have one of the nation’s best offenses — leading in assists per game (21.3) and second in scoring (88.7 points). The Sun Devils (6-11, 2-5) are coming off a blowout loss to No. 15 Southern Cal, but didn’t have coach Bobby Hurley or guard Jay Heath after they were suspended for confronting officials after a loss to Stanford. Winning at McKale Center against its biggest rival could go a long way to Arizona State turning around its season. LOOKING AHEAD: The Pac-12 has two more rival games in the next week. On Saturday, Oregon State plays at Oregon in a matchup of teams going in opposite directions. The Ducks usually round into form late in the season under coach Dana Altman, and that’s been the case this year. Oregon (12-6, 5-2) has won six straight, including top-5 UCLA and USC in consecutive games. The...
    Seven weeks and change from Selection Sunday, the Pac-12’s outlook has improved incrementally in recent weeks. Arizona, UCLA and USC remain on track for NCAA Tournament at-large bids, lofty seeds and manageable paths into the Sweet 16. But instead of standing alone, they have company lurking. Oregon and Washington State are solidly on the the bubble, and two more teams, Colorado and Stanford, have entered wing-and-a-prayer territory. As we cast an eye to the Pac-12 tournament, which begins March 9, the picture is clear: In order to collect a respectable number of NCAA bids, the conference will need a surprise winner in Las Vegas — a 2022 version of Oregon State. Anybody but the Wildcats, Bruins or Trojans. Welcome to the Hotline’s updated NCAA projections. — For those unfamiliar with the NET rankings system: The result of each game played falls within one of four quadrants, based on the NET ranking of the opponent and location of the game. (The categorization changes over time as teams move up and down the NET.) Quadrant 1: Home vs. Nos. 1-30, Neutral vs. Nos....
    We’ll start with the Rose Bowl, then broaden our scope of topics and time … 1. What. A. Game. We were utterly baffled by Utah’s strategy in the final minute. Either use the timeouts or let Ohio State score. The only scenario the Utes couldn’t allow was the one that unfolded before their very eyes: The Buckeyes kicked a chip-shot field goal to take the lead with too little time for the Utes to respond. But that issue will be lost to history, buried by the memories of an incredible game, sensational performances and the end of a season unlike any in Utah athletics history. It was more than one season, actually: It was 53 unforgettable weeks of tragedy, elation and exhaustion — from Dec. 25, 2020, the day of Ty Jordan’s death, through Sept. 26, 2021, the day of Aaron Lowe’s death, to Dec. 3, the day of Utah’s first Pac-12 championship, to Jan. 1, 2022, the day of a Rose Bowl for the ages. Ohio State’s 48-45 win was so engrossing that Utah quarterback Cam Rising’s 62-yard touchdown...
    Here’s the question of the week in the Pac-12 that doesn’t involve suspended coaches, dismissed coordinators or rescheduled games: Is Washington State’s success real, or are the Cougars about to get unmasked? They have won four consecutive conference games, stand one back of Oregon in the loss column and control their division destiny. If they beat the Ducks this weekend and follow with victories over Arizona and Washington, the Cougars would win the North for the first time. An acting head coach would be elevated to the permanent position. A team ignored after its stumbling start would play for a berth in the Rose Bowl. A university slammed by tumult it didn’t seek would have the last laugh, the final high five and so many blank checks from delighted donors. Thus far, the Cougars (5-4/4-2) have been immune to the controversy created by their former coach and his merry band of anti-vaxxers. Now it gets real: Oregon, in Autzen Stadium, on ESPN, with the stakes as high as any the program has experienced since Minshew Mania in the 2018 season....
    Eleven need-to-knows for Week 10 of the Pac-12 football season … 1. The South’s last stand comes Friday night, courtesy of a team from the North. If Utah wins at Stanford Stadium — and Utah has never lost at Stanford Stadium — the South race is effectively over. With their tiebreaker advantage included, the Utes (4-1 in conference play) would hold a two-game lead over Arizona State and a three-game lead on UCLA and USC with just three games left. And two of Utah’s remaining dates are against South cellar dwellers Colorado and Arizona. Win at Stanford, and the Utes could afford a loss to Oregon; they would clinch the division with victories over the Buffaloes (2-6) and Wildcats (0-8). And that’s presuming Arizona State wins out. If the Sun Devils (3-2) were to lose again — they visit Washington and Oregon State on back-to-back Saturdays in the middle of the month — then Utah’s margin for error would expand. The Utes have built their advantage the hard way, with four wins over teams with .500-or-better records in league play:...
    Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK No. 7 Oregon at Washington. There’s another layer of importance for the Ducks (7-1, 4-1), who earned the No. 4 spot in the initial College Football Playoff rankings of the season. The preseason predictions had this game underlined, circled and bolded as the one to possibly go a long way in deciding the Pac-12 North. A win by Washington (4-4, 3-2) would create a logjam near the top. A victory by Oregon would firmly put the Ducks in the driver’s seat. Oregon has won the last two meetings between the two rivals, and 14 of the last 16. Ducks QB Anthony Brown will try to carry his sizzling October into November. He led Pac-12 quarterbacks last month in completion percentage (71%), and total offense per game (308.8). He’s spreading the wealth around this season, too, throwing 10 of his TD passes to nine players. MATCHUP OF THE WEEK USC at Arizona State. At the outset of the season, this game figured to go...
    OREGON STATE at CAL Records: Cal 2-5 overall, 1-3 in the Pac-12; Oregon State 5-2, 3-1 Kickoff: 4 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Stadium, Berkeley TV: Pac-12 Network Radio: KGO (810 AM) Series history: Cal leads 38-35. The Beavers won the past two seasons, including 31-27 last year in Corvallis, Oregon. Cal’s most recent victory was a 49-7 verdict at Corvallis in 2018. Cal storylines: Coming off a 26-3 win over Colorado, their first victories over a Pac-12 or FBS opponent this season, the Bears must win four of their final five games to become eligible. . . . The Bears held Colorado to 13 yards and one first down in the second half . . . OLB Kuony Deng will miss his sixth straight game with an undisclosed lower-body injury, although coach Justin Wilcox said this week he has not been ruled out for the season. Reserve RB DeCarlos Brooks, sidelined the past two weeks, will be a game-time decision. Oregon State storylines: The Beavers can become bowl eligible for the first time...
    Halfway through the season, the Pac-12 has three teams on the brink of securing bowl bids and three more within manageable reach. But that’s it. For everyone else, the climb into the postseason is either steep or Himalayan. Based on the current records and upcoming schedules, it’s entirely possible that only half the conference will qualify. For context on the calculus, the Hotline examined every year dating back to Pac-12 expansion in 2011, with the exception of the COVID-disrupted 2020 season. We found a distinct downward trend in recent seasons compared to the first half of the 12-team era. Pac-12 bowl teams per year: 2011: seven 2012: eight 2013: nine 2014: eight 2015: 10 2016: five 2017: nine 2018: seven 2019: seven 2020: N/A This season is unlikely to mirror the decade-low of five bids in 2016, the year Washington made the College Football Playoff — it would require collapses in Pullman or Corvallis, or both, and no offsetting upticks elsewhere. But with only six teams in solid shape in late October, the conference is more likely to land on...
    Stanford didn’t have much time to bask in the glow of its exhilarating overtime win over third-ranked Oregon. Instead, with a short week before facing another ranked opponent, the Cardinal needed to refocus quickly in preparation for Friday night’s game at No. 22 Arizona State (7:30 p.m, ESPN). “When I was standing outside (the locker room Saturday) waiting for guys to come in, I didn’t see anybody bringing a trophy,” Stanford coach David Shaw said. “There’s no trophy for beating Oregon. It was a great effort, big game. They should enjoy it—they accomplished something that’s really great—but in the process of our season it’s not the be-all and end-all.” Next up for Stanford (3-2, 2-1) is its fourth ranked opponent in five weeks. The South Division-leading Sun Devils (4-1, 2-0) are coming off a 42-23 victory over a UCLA team that won at Stanford Stadium earlier this season. Here are the keys if Stanford hopes to knock off another Top 25 team: CONTAIN DANIELS UCLA’s Dorian-Thompson Robinson put up 35 points against the Cardinal,...
    Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK: Stanford (3-2, 2-1 Pac-12) at No. 22 Arizona State (4-1, 2-0). Both teams are coming off impressive wins. The Cardinal took down No. 8 Oregon 31-24 last week after scoring on an untimed down on the final play of regulation. The Sun Devils picked up one of their biggest wins under coach Herm Edwards, knocking off then-No. 20 UCLA 42-23. Stanford has won six of seven in the series and has already beaten two ranked opponents this season, taking down the Ducks and Southern California. MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Utah (2-2, 1-0) at USC (3-2, 2-2). The Trojans have gone 9-1 all-time against the Utes in Los Angeles, their only loss coming in 1916. Utah had an extra week to prepare, getting a bye last week after beating Washington State. Southern California is coming off a 37-14 win at Colorado in which quarterback Kedon Slovis threw for three second-half touchdowns. The Trojans are seeking consecutive wins for the first time this season. INSIDE THE...
    Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK: Arizona State at No. 20 UCLA. Two of the favorites to win the Pac-12 South can get an early leg up on winning the division. The 3-1 teams meet after bouncing back from their first losses with conference-opening wins. The Sun Devils shook off a loss to BYU by rolling over Colorado last week, and the Bruins opened Pac-12 play with an 11-point win over Stanford after losing to Fresno State. This will be a battle of strengths. UCLA is sixth nationally against the run, allowing 64 yards per game, and Arizona State is 25th rushing with 211.5 yards per game. Should be one of the Pac-12’s best early season games. MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: No. 3 Oregon (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) at Stanford (2-2, 1-1). The winner of this game has gone on to win the Pac-12 North seven of the past 10 seasons. The Ducks boosted their College Football Playoff hopes by knocking off then-No. 3 Ohio State and face their first stiff...
    Here are some things to watch this week in the Pac-12 Conference: GAME OF THE WEEK: No. 12 Oregon (1-0) faces No. 3 Ohio State (1-0) in front of more than 100,000 fans at Ohio Stadium on Saturday. The Buckeyes were two-touchdown favorites to open the week. The Ducks are coming off a close 31-24 victory last weekend against Fresno State, a somewhat surprising result that dropped Oregon a spot in the AP Top 25. In a season-opening 45-31 win over Minnesota, Ohio State shook off some early shakiness to collect nearly 500 yards in total offense. Freshman quarterback CJ Stroud threw for 294 yards and four touchdowns. MATCHUP OF THE WEEK: Washington at Michigan. The Huskies (0-1) are coming off a discouraging 13-7 loss at home to lower-division Montana in their opener. Washington was ranked No. 20 before the loss, which dropped the Huskies out of the Top 25 altogether. The Huskies are just the fifth ranked FBS team to lose to a FCS team since 2007. Their resilience will be tested on the road against Michigan, which is...
    During our deep dive into the best players of the Pac-12 decade, it quickly became clear that recency bias would not be a problem. The conference was substantially more talented during the first five seasons after expansion than it has been for the last five. That’s true even if you account for the disruption in 2020. — Consensus All-Americans 2011-15 seasons: 24 2016-20 seasons: 14 — Heisman Trophy top-10 finishes 2011-15 seasons: nine 2016-20 seasons: four — AP top-25 teams (end-of-season) 2011-15: 21 2016-20: 13 — NFL first-round picks 2012-16 drafts: 24 2017-21 drafts: 19 We can only speculate on explanations: The coaches aren’t recruiting as well. The talent pipeline is weaker. The competition (from other leagues) is stronger. The lack of exposure on the Pac-12 Networks has hurt. The lack of revenue (from conference distributions) has hampered resources. Most likely, it’s all that and more. But as our all-decade team indicates, the talent tilts heavily to the first half of the decade. Notes on the following: — For players to qualify, at least half their career had to fall...
    Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball: GAME OF THE WEEK: Oregon State at Southern California, Thursday. What would have been the marquee game of the week, Oregon at No. 23 UCLA, was postponed due to COVID-19 issues in the Ducks’ program. The other game between the Pac-12’s other Southern California and Oregon teams should be pretty good, too. The Trojans, coming off an eight-point win over Stanford, are 1.5 games behind UCLA for the Pac-12 lead at 6-2. The Beavers have been moving up the standings after winning three straight, including rival Oregon. They also beat USC 58-56 last week despite going scoreless over the final 3:13. LOOKING AHEAD: Arizona State, one of the preseason favorites to win the Pac-12, is looking to get back on track this week against Stanford and Cal. The Sun Devils are coming off consecutive losses to rival Arizona and have lost six straight overall. … Arizona is two back of UCLA for the conference lead and also plays the Northern California schools. … Washington and Washington State have struggled...
    As the stretch run approaches, the Pac-12 appears well positioned to collect a reasonable number of bids to the NCAA tournament. At least by its standards. Based on the current NET rankings, the primary tool used to select the at-large field, three teams are on secure ground and two more are on the bubble. Unfortunately, there are no relevant comparisons from last year, because there was no tournament. But the Hotline unearthed the NET rankings from Selection Sunday in 2019 to provide a framework with which to assess the Pac-12’s prospects this March. The lowest-seeded at-large teams in ’19 were easy to identify, thanks to their participation in the First Four. No. 47 Belmont No. 56 Temple No. 63 Arizona State No. 73 St. John’s The average NET ranking for the quartet is 60, so we’ll use that as the baseline: Any Pac-12 team with a NET ranking of 60 or better on Selection Sunday seemingly will stand a reasonable chance of making the at-large field. Currently, there are five in the top 60. (Note: We have not included Arizona,...
    Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball: GAME OF THE WEEK: Stanford at Colorado, Saturday. The Cardinal (8-3) are still near the top of the Pac-12, just a half-game behind UCLA at 4-1. Senior forward Oscar ds Silva has played well all season and was named the Pac-12 player of the week after averaging 19.8 points and 11 rebounds in three games last week. Colorado (9-3, 3-2) similarly is led by a senior having a solid season. Guard McKinley Wright IV leads the Buffaloes with 15.4 points and 5.0 assists per game while running their offense. Colorado beat No. 22 Oregon last week and knocked off Utah on Monday after having their game Saturday against Oregon State postponed. LOOKING AHEAD: Oregon had to postpone its games against Arizona and Arizona State due COVID-19 issues. … UCLA has yet to lose in Pac-12 play (5-0) and has games against the Washington schools this week. The Bruins have won three straight since star guard Chris Smith was lost for the season with a torn ACL on Dec. 31. …...
    Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball: GAME OF THE WEEK: UCLA at Arizona, Saturday. The Bruins were the preseason favorite to win the conference and, after some shaky early moments, are playing like it. UCLA is tied with Oregon atop the Pac-12 at 3-0 and is coming off a 65-62 home win over Colorado. Arizona has been playing well, shaking off a road loss to Stanford with four straight wins. The Wildcats announced a self-imposed postseason ban on Dec. 29, but it didn’t seem to bother them on the court, with road wins against the two Washington schools last week. LOOKING AHEAD: Oregon returned to the AP Top 25 two weeks ago and moved up to No. 17 on Monday after beating USC and Stanford. The Ducks have a tough road trip this week with games against Colorado and Utah. … Arizona State returns to the court this week for the first time since Dec. 19 after having three games shelved due to coronavirus issues. The Sun Devils host UCLA and USC this week. … Oregon...
    Things to watch this week in Pac-12 Conference basketball: GAME OF THE WEEK: UCLA at No. 25 Oregon, Wednesday. The Ducks (6-1, 1-0 Pac-12) moved back into the AP Top 25 this week after stretching their winning streak to six games with wins over San Francisco and Portland. Oregon has won 26 straight home games, the fourth-longest winning streak in Division I. UCLA (5-2, 1-0) was No. 22 in the preseason poll, but dropped out after an opening loss to San Diego State and needing three overtimes to beat Pepperdine. UCLA is coming off a 77-70 loss to No. 23 Ohio State. LOOKING AHEAD: The Pac-12 has a light slate of games during the holiday week, with just seven games, none after Wednesday. Colorado and Arizona play the only conference games in the next week, facing off Monday at McKale Center. … Washington State, at 7-0, is off to its best start since opening 14-0 in 2007-08. The Cougars face Northwestern State on Wednesday with a chance to finish the nonconference season undefeated. INSIDE THE NUMBERS: Colorado...
    Highlights from the ballot … No change to the top 10 and only a few tweaks throughout the ballot. Related Articles Saturday Night Five: Oregon, USC not good enough (yet) while Stanford fumes and Colorado rises If COVID-19 cancellations persist, Pac-12 will adjust schedule The reasons: The dearth of games played and lack of losses incurred. Only one team on last week’s ballot lost, No. 21 SMU, and that defeat came to No. 23 Tulsa. Meanwhile, 12 teams won and 12 more did not play. The list of DNPs included No. 1 Alabama, No. 3 Clemson, No. 4 Ohio State, No. 5 Texas A&M and No. 8 Georgia. Yep, five of the top-10 were idle. Four of the five that were able to compete looked impressive, with Florida, Cincinnati and Indiana all winning handily. (The Hoosiers walloped Michigan.) The only top-10 team to struggle was Miami, which needed a late touchdown to beat Virginia Tech. Let’s hope the situation improves this week and more teams are healthy enough to compete. Once again, only three Pac-12...
    STANFORD AT NO. 12 OREGON Records: Stanford 0-0, 0-0, Oregon 0-0, 0-0 Kickoff: 4:30 p.m., Autzen Stadium, Eugene, Oregon Radio: KNBR/KTCT (1050 AM) Television: ABC Series history: Stanford owns a 49-33-1 record all-time against Oregon, including two straight at Autzen Stadium. Oregon won 21-6 last season. Storylines: The Cardinal is coming off David Shaw’s first losing season since taking over in 2011, while the Ducks were picked to repeat as Pac-12 champions in the preseason media poll. … This game matches two of the youngest teams in the country. An FBS-high 73.6 percent of Oregon’s roster is underclassmen, while Stanford is fourth at 71.6 percent. “We know we have some talent, but talent without experience, and you never know how that’s going to play, so there’s a little bit of hope and praying going on,” Shaw said. Roster updates: Oregon had more opt-outs than any other team in the Pac-12, with one of the nation’s top tackle, Penei Sewell, and three members of the secondary all leaving. Stanford had two players opt out, tackle Walker Little and cornerback...
    The so-called Conference of Quarterbacks has had some considerable turnover at the position heading into the season. Gone are some of the Pac-12's big names: Oregon's Justin Herbert, Washington State's Anthony Gordon, Arizona's Khalil Tate and Utah's Tyler Huntley. Just five quarterbacks who started regularly for conference teams last season are back. Arguably the top returnee is USC's Kedon Slovis, who took over last season when starter JT Daniels was injured in the opener. Slovis threw for 3,502 yards with 30 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year. CLICK HERE FOR MORE SPORTS COVERAGE ON FOXNEWS.COM “I felt as Kedon progressed through that second half of the season and we progressed as a team, we started playing our best ball towards the end of the season last year,” Trojans coach Clay Helton said. “Now, to be able to watch Kedon work with those skill players and see the timing the ball is coming out (with), the accuracy the ball is coming out with, the chemistry of those skill players with him, it’s evident that being...
    The Pac-12 football season will begin with a morning start on Nov. 7 —Arizona State at Southern California. The conference schedule released Saturday includes eight Friday games, at least one every week after the first weekend of the season. Each Pac-12 team has six opponents scheduled, five from its division and from across the conference. The Nov. 7 opener kicks off at 9 a.m. local time. The conference has been toying with morning starts to boost nationwide exposure. TV partner Fox has emphasized its noon Eastern time window, trying to put high-profile games in that spot. Arizona State and USC will be Fox’s “Big Noon Kickoff” game, with its pregame show coming from the Los Angeles Coliseum The Pac-12 championship game will match division winners and be played Dec. 18. The other teams in the conference will also play a cross-division game that weekend for a total of seven games each. No. 14 Oregon will open its season at home on Nov. 7 at Stanford. Utah at UCLA is the first Friday game on Nov 13. Other...
    LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Football at UCLA and USC is getting a little closer to returning to the field.The ACC, Big 12, SEC and, now the Big Ten are playing this fall. The Pac-12 remains on the sidelines for now because of coronavirus concerns in California and Oregon, but discussions are underway which could change that.Gov. Gavin Newsom said Wednesday the state's COVID-19 restrictions do not necessarily prevent the California teams from taking the field."There's nothing in the state guidelines that denies the Pac-12 from having conference games," Newsom said. "There's nothing in our guidelines the state put out that denies these games from occurring."He said he spoke to Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott about that subject earlier Wednesday and he is committed to working with the conference and with the NCAA to keeping students and the campus community safe while considering the return of collegiate sports.Additionally, the athletic directors at USC and UCLA held a Zoom call with Los Angeles County health officials on Wednesday to make progress on allowing the football teams to begin practicing, sources told Eyewitness News....
    Insta-reaction to Pac-12 developments on the field and off, except there are no on-field developments these days … Added context on a calamitous year: Even if the Pac-12 hadn’t shut down football for the first time in history due to a once-in-a-century global pandemic, the Oregon-Ohio State showdown today would have been canceled because of hazardous air quality in Eugene resulting from the worst wildfires on record. Stay safe, Oregon … 1. As the presidents turn. While the Pac-12 awaits the late-September arrival of rapid Covid-19 tests for its athletic departments, we’re monitoring the Big Ten. The conferences aren’t joined at the hip in their attempts to restart the fall seasons, but they’re attempting to hold hands. Nobody wants to be alone on the sideline, and yet that very well could be the Pac-12’s fate — at least for a few weeks. Here’s the latest from the Big Ten: The conference’s return-to-play task force presented its latest data and recommendations to a subcommittee of presidents and chancellors on Saturday. It reportedly went well, and the full CEO group could vote...
    The Pac-12 announced its coronavirus-shortened football schedule Friday afternoon, sending the Cal Bears to visit Oregon State for their Sept. 26 opener. That is, provided the season goes on at all. Earlier this month, the conference canceled all non-conference games for football and other fall sports that compete in the Pac-12, such as women’s volleyball and men’s and women’s soccer. After visiting Corvallis, the Bears will head south to Los Angeles to face USC in their second matchup. Their first home date, albeit without fans, will be Oct. 10 against Washington. The Big Game will be played much earlier than normal this year when the Bears host Stanford Oct. 24, followed by a bye week built into the schedule to guard against the possibility of games being canceled. Related Articles Unlike some Power Five peers, Pac-12 deftly navigates pandemic Hotline newsletter: An optimistic timeline, the October option, football loopholes in the academic plans and more Ex-UCLA coach pleads guilty to accepting $200,000 in bribes to help students gain admission Justifying Pac-12 football...
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