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Kurt Kragthorpe and Kyle Goon
Kurt Kragthorpe and Kyle Goon cover the Pac-12 for The Salt Lake Tribune.
Updated on Sep 29, 2014 11:56AM

It might be painful to acknowledge, but in many ways, the Pac-12 started making sense again this week. The trends we've seen, even over the course of years, picked back up again after a weird and w...

Updated on Sep 26, 2014 07:15AM
Just to clarify Thursday's pick, I said Arizona State's home field would make the difference in a close game. Obviously, that meant UCLA would win, if the game became a rout. I'm sticking to that stor...

Updated on Sep 25, 2014 07:19AM
Thursday's Pac-12 South showdown between Arizona State and UCLA (8 p.m. MDT, Fox Sports 1) would be tough enough to predict, even without the uncertainty about quarterbacking.
This game will begi...

Updated on Sep 23, 2014 04:04PM

Four of the five ranked teams in the Pac-12 went dark this week. But the way this season has gone, did you really think it'd be a "quiet" week?

All we got out of it was a game-winning Hail M...

Updated on Sep 19, 2014 08:32AM
The Pac-12 continues to ease its way into the football season. That's a function of the 14-week calendar. It will be different in 2015, when the season won't begin until September. Each team will have...

Updated on Sep 17, 2014 04:15PM

The "Conference of Quarterbacks" may be in serious danger of losing that label after two stars in the South Division left their games early on Saturday.

UCLA's Brett Hundley appeared to have...

Updated on Sep 12, 2014 03:34PM

Pac-12 football teams will be in action for more than 12 hours continuously Saturday, from an 11 a.m. PDT kickoff at Oregon to a finish approaching midnight at Arizona....

Updated on Sep 9, 2014 04:05PM

Most football fans would love a chance to get in a referee's face to argue a call against their team.

Just remember, if you hold a certain stature in, say, an athletic department, it will co...

Updated on Sep 9, 2014 04:05PM

There can be only one ... in the Pac-12 North, I mean.

The Oregon Ducks celeb...

Updated on Sep 6, 2014 09:07AM
Too much faith in Washington State keeps spoiling my Pac-12 picks, but I'll press on with Saturday's forecasts:
Fresno State at Utah, 1 p.m. MDT, Pac-12 Networks
USC established a lofty stand...

Updated on Sep 5, 2014 08:03AM
Washington State will try to finish stronger and play better defense Friday at Nevada in an 8:30 p.m. MDT kickoff, televised by ESPN.
The Cougars blew a fourth-quarter lead in last week's 41-38 l...

Updated on Sep 4, 2014 08:01AM
The Pac-12's worst nonconference schedule, belonging to Arizona, continues Thursday as the Wildcats visit Texas-San Antonio in a 6 p.m. MDT kickoff on Fox Sports 1.
But this game got a little more...

Updated on Sep 7, 2014 12:12AM

It's nice to know football can still surprise us.

The opening weekend of college football has plenty of snoozers, with big programs beating up on tiny ones, not revealing much about themselv...

Updated on Aug 30, 2014 03:40AM
Colorado crumbled in the fourth quarter of a 31-17 loss to Colorado State, while Arizona showed its consistency by pounding UNLV by the exact same score as last season - 58-13 - with redshirt freshman...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 04:35AM
Other than forgetting Rutgers' move to the Big Ten and underestimating the Scarlet Knights' offense, I came through with some solid insight on the opening night of the Pac-12 football schedule Thursd...

Updated on Aug 28, 2014 07:45AM

The Pac-12 eases into the football season this weekend, with all 12 teams in action but only one of them facing another Power 5 school (California, visiting Northwestern). The list of opponents als...

Updated on Aug 27, 2014 09:34AM

When Connor Halliday threw 62 times against Utah, incredibly, that was only the fourth-most attempts he had in a game last season.

Against Oregon,...

Updated on Aug 27, 2014 09:34AM

He makes no bones about it: Chris Petersen doesn’t love the spotlight. He doesn’t love talking to media about whether he’ll run a trick play, or who his quarterback will be.

Updated on Aug 26, 2014 10:19PM

The heart-warming story of USC cornerback Josh Shaw injuring himself while saving his nephew from drowning barely lasted a day before coming under scrutiny.

Trojans coach Steve Sarkisian ack...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 03:00PM

It gets easier, sure. UCLA has maybe the most difficult schedule in the country this year.

But there may be no time like the present for Jim Mora and the Bruins to fulfill some hefty expecat...

Updated on Aug 21, 2014 09:44AM

In some ways, 2013 was a strange year for Stanford. During the regular season they were 6-0 against Top-25 teams, and they were beaten twice by unranked teams.

Updated on Aug 20, 2014 09:25AM

The rational Utah fan has to have a healthy respect for Mike Riley.

This is a guy who, in his second stint in Corvallis, has taken the state’s sec...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 12:04PM

With No. 3 Oregon, there is always the assumption that, if you wait long enough, there will come a time when the Ducks’ high-octane offense will stall.

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 04:45PM

Mike MacIntyre wore a wristband to Pac-12 media day which read "Uncommon."

That's what Colorado wants to be: an uncommon football team, made up of uncommon players. Unfortunately for the Buf...

Updated on Aug 29, 2014 01:00PM

The AP top 25 college football poll is out, and the Pac-12 has more teams represented than it ever has.

With six teams from No. 3 to No. 25, the ...

Updated on Aug 14, 2014 04:33PM

Of Pac-12 teams, ESPN’s Kyle Bonagura reports this week that Cal has the third-most former players in NFL camps right now, with 37.

Utah, by compa...

Updated on Aug 19, 2014 09:43PM

"Unfinished business."

The theme of this season for Arizona State is what was left undone last year: Pac-12 championship. Rose Bowl. A bowl win at all, actually. In the words of Todd Graham:...

Updated on Aug 12, 2014 05:49PM

The 2014 season could be a banner year for the Pac-12. The buzz all summer is about how the conference has an army of special players returning, and how much better so many teams seem to be. UCLA o...

Updated on Aug 8, 2014 06:12AM

Logan High School product Luke Falk is the No. 2 quarterback for Washington State, Utah's first opponent in Pac-12 play this season.
The Cougars will visit Rice-Eccles Stadium on Sept. 27, and...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 01:27PM
In a discussion that's somewhat related to Thursday's news about the Power 5 conferences gaining autonomy in the NCAA structure, seven head football coaches in the Pac-12 favor a move to exclusive sch...

Updated on Aug 4, 2014 04:29PM
Now that the Southeastern Conference and DirecTV have reached an agreement for SEC Network telecasts of at least 45 football games nationally this season, the heat is turning up again on the Pac-12 Co...

Updated on Aug 7, 2014 11:41PM

We've been through those familiar preseason football rituals: spring camp,

Updated on Jul 17, 2014 10:38AM

For a fourth consecutive season as a Pac-12 member, Utah has scheduled a football game with a Big Sky Conference school.
Weber State coach Jay Hill was on the other side of these matchups as a...

Updated on Jun 30, 2014 02:34PM
The Pac-12 Networks will showcase an outstanding male and female senior student-athlete from each school in a special program Tuesday at 8 p.m. MDT.
The 24 Tom Hansen Conference Medal Winners com...

Updated on Jun 26, 2014 12:21PM
The Pac-12's strength in Olympic sports surfaced again in 2013-14. The conference claimed 10 NCAA championships, nearly twice as many as any other league.
Vanderbilt's baseball title Wednesday ga...

Updated on Jun 17, 2014 01:07PM
The Pac-12 once again is the Conference of Quarterbacks.
I'll always remember covering the league's Football Media Day in Los Angeles in July 2011, looking around the courtyard and seeing the lik...

Updated on Jun 17, 2014 05:02PM

One of the Pac-12's toughest athletics programs has tried to make do with a hand tied behind its back for the last four years.

On Tuesday, a number of harsh NCAA sanctions have ended for USC...

Updated on Jun 9, 2014 03:09PM
The standards of the baseball program are very high at Arizona State, where former Utah coach Tim Esmay has resigned after five seasons in charge of the Sun Devils.
ASU was invited to the NCAA Tou...

Updated on Jun 3, 2014 08:07AM
Stanford was considered a bubble team when it came to at-large selections for the NCAA baseball tournament, but the Cardinal are the Pac-12's last remaining entry.
Tommy Edman's two-run, walk-off...

Updated on Jun 2, 2014 11:19AM
Three Pac-12 baseball teams remain alive as of Monday morning, with the NCAA Tournament field about to be reduced to 16 teams following the completion of regional competition.
Oregon State, hosti...

Updated on May 26, 2014 01:28PM
Oregon State, the No. 1 overall seed, will lead the Pac-12's five entrants in the NCAA baseball tournament, beginning Friday at regional sites.
The Beavers are the only Pac-12 team that will host ...

Updated on May 23, 2014 04:21PM

Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says “radical” plans to award benefits to student-athletes might result in the elimination of less prolific sports.

Updated on May 20, 2014 07:35PM

The Pac-12 saw one of its former Montana coaches retire, but the conference is expected to gain another. And he'll be a former protege of Utes coach Larry Krystkowiak.

Updated on May 21, 2014 04:32PM

In his Pac-12 conference call earlier this month, Mike Leach seemed at ease.

So he's coming off a 6-7 season. So Washington State lost its last game, the New Mexico Bowl,

Updated on May 15, 2014 05:08PM

It should be a thrilling race for the Pac-12 football title this fall. In a conference with so many contenders, only one thing's for sure: The game will be played at Levi Stadium.

Updated on May 15, 2014 05:08PM

It's been bugging Chris Petersen more and more since he arrived in Seattle.

He looks out on Lake Washington and wonders, "How can I get my guys out there?"

Before long, the Washington...

Updated on May 15, 2014 05:08PM

Earlier this month in a Pac-12 conference call, a reporter asked UCLA coach Jim Mora if his football program is where he wants it to be.

"No," he said. "I hope I never feel like that."


Updated on May 15, 2014 05:08PM

Coming into the spring, minus such luminaries as Trent Murphy and Shayne Skov, the Stanford defense looked like it might have some rebuilding to do.

Months later, there's a familiar refrain ...

Updated on May 11, 2014 07:17AM
Stanford tied a school record with six players selected in the 2014 NFL draft, helping the Pac-12 rank third among conferences with 34 players taken.
The 14-member Southeastern Conference topped ...

Updated on May 9, 2014 11:56PM

As I wrote this morning, there was a lot of down time for Pac-12 prospects in the first round of the NFL Draft.

But the second round turned out to be a parade for some of the conference's t...

Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine covers UA-Oregon game
» Wildcats prepare for game at No. 2 Oregon
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Strong season will help "Hill Mary" be remembered
» UA football: Pair of defensive players leave team

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU defense learns from blowout loss to UCLA
» Graham breaks down ASU's defensive woes
» ASU football practice report from Tuesday
» Rankings: Colleges by AZ high school players

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal could face Title IX suit with field hockey now homeless
» Cal's struggling pass defense better gets its act together quickly
» Cal's Oct. 11 home game vs. Washington set for 3 p.m. kickoff
» Cal outlasts Colorado 59-56 in two overtimes

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Elijah Holyfield, son of boxing champ Evander Holyfield, receives offer from Oregon Ducks
» Thomas Tyner looking to turn a corner as Oregon Ducks prepare for Arizona
» Mark Helfrich on ribbing Marcus Mariota, the Oregon Ducks' defense and facing Arizona

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford's Shaw shoots down interest in Raiders job
» Stanford beats Washington with fourth-quarter touchdown
» Matchup: No. 16 Stanford at Washington
» Stanford facing must-win game at Washington's noisy Husky Stadium

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Improving UCLA has questions to answer during preseason football camp
» COLLEGE FOOTBALL: UCLA's prized recruit Eddie Vanderdoes cleared to play by NCAA after leaving Notre Dame
» Pac-12 Media Day: Eyes on Anthony Barr for UCLA's 2013 hopes

USC (Los Angeles Daily News)
» USC Football Notebook: Marqise Lee's injury not too serious
» USC Football Notebook: QBs Max Wittek, Cody Kessler present dilemma for Trojans coach Lane Kiffin
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Former UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel thinks Trojans might not miss QB Matt Barkley
» USC FOOTBALL NOTEBOOK: Dion Bailey says it's 'now or never'

Washington (Seattle Times)
» Washington football: A progress report after five games
» Storm 2014 Exit Interviews: Tanisha Wright had a memorable 10th WNBA season
» UW progress report: What we know, what we don't know about the Huskies after five games
» Are Pac-12 quarterbacks conference's best class ever?

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Defending option Idaho's next challenge
» Defense rebounds from a slow start
» Robert Franks joins WSU 2015 recruiting class
» WSU game notes: California

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