Like a true rivalry, the matchup between Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV has tension, anticipation and a whole lot of bulletin board material.
After the Pac-12 Networks levied a shot across the bow at DirecTV on Tuesday with a statement that used words such as "absurd" and "betrayal," DirecTV responded on its website, referencing the "small number of exclusive Pac-12 Network games" and saying the cost of Pac-12 Networks would be passed along to all DirecTV customers, not just those who want to watch West Coast football.
Utah will play Arizona State on Pac-12 Networks on Saturday at 8 p.m., meaning your best bet for watching the game, if you have DirecTV is probably going to Tempe.
— Utah football will unveil black helmets on Saturday at Arizona State.
— Two Oregon safeties share a hometown with defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, and that's not a coincidence.
— Can't pronounce Marcus Mariota's last name? Join all the Duck fans.
— USC didn't lose its shot at a national title, just its margin for error.
— Quarterback controversy? Not in Boulder, where Jordan Webb remains the starter.
— And Colorado's defense can only improve after last week.
— Former Oregon State linebacker Trent Bray now coaching his former unit.
— Since losing starting job, UCLA's Kevin Prince has become a QB teacher.
— Playing Oregon State last year boosted UCLA in dismal season.
— Lane Kiffin's comedy of errors when it comes to injury news continues. The latest: Kiffin stormed off from a news conference after a reporter asked a question related to a player's return from injury.
— Bill Oram