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Friday Pac-12 links: Gameday for Utes, but all eyes are on Baton Rouge

It's gameday. At least for the Utes. Elsewhere it's drug-testing discussing day, lamenting-fans-leaving-early day, players transferring day.

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It's also travel day. And with most of the Pac-12 getting to stay home this week, all eyes should be on LSU, where quarterback Keith Price will lead the Huskies into the biggest game of the week. Or at least what should be the biggest game of the week if Washington can make any progress against No. 3 LSU's touted defense.

Washington faces a 24-point spread, which ties for the largest spread against the Huskies dating back to 1985. And there were some pretty bad Dawg teams in between then and now. Washington receiver Kasen Williams is a former LSU recruit. Who knows, maybe he liked Death Valley for the tailgating scene, which at least one member of Seattle media is excited about.

But when it comes to picking upsets in the conference, it doesn't seem too many are giving the Huskies much of a chance. Ted Miller thinks the best upset pick in the conference might be Oregon State over Wisconsin. It's nearly unthinkable if you remember the Beavers 35-0 loss in Madison a year ago, but, as Miller points out, that was a stripped down Beavers team with a freshman quarterback. Sean Mannion (good story on the sophomore here) is expected to be significantly better, while freshman running back Storm Woods is already touted as the next great Oregon State running back in a line that includes NFL players Steven Jackson and Jacquizz Rodgers. However, there are a couple of guys in the Wisconsin defense the Beavs should be worried about.

Elsewhere...

The Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones has a good piece documenting the longtime relationship between Utah coach Kyle Whittingham and Utah State's Gary Andersen.

— Oregon implemented a random drug-testing policy this week (remember that ESPN story from earlier this year about marijuana in Eugene?). It's not entirely popular, but Oregon State seems to like it because it's following suit.

— The Big XII gets a TV deal with ESPN and Fox Sports worth $2.6 billion over 13 years. Not quite Pac-12 money, but close.

— A writer in Tucson lamented Wildcats' fans penchant for leaving early, which inspired an Oregon columnist to address the same issue within Autzen Stadium.

— Colorado coach Jon Embree says Buffs' focus after loss is mark of maturity.

— Washington State hasn't deigned to play FCS Eastern Washington for 104 years, but Eagles quarterback Kyle Padron has beaten the Cougars before.

— When Cal hosts Southern Utah on Saturday, it will be without its best offensive lineman.

— Cal essentially is starting over against SUU after its loss to Nevada.

— If you believe in an East Coast media bias in college football, you should be pulling for Matt Barkley and USC to have a field day against Syracuse at MetLife Stadium.

— Former Gatorade National Player of the Year Malcolm Jones appears set to transfer from UCLA.

— Bill Oram

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» UA sports Throwback Thursday: Lowell-Stevens Football opens
» Wildcats earn academic honors
» Photos: UA's smartest athletes 2013-14
» Wildcats: Who's gonna be the QB?

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» College football: Preseason Amway Coaches Poll
» Florida State picked No. 1 in preseason poll
» 100 best players in college football - 2014
» Brown preferred track, leading to 1984 gold

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential
» Levi's Stadium: Three college football games this year
» College football: Key dates for Cal, Stanford, San Jose State
» Cal's injury-plagued defense mended, ready to go

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Former CU Buff Chris Copeland enjoys NBA after years of overseas play
» Pac-12 living up to tradition as tops in quarterbacks
» Changes in college football a cause of excitement and concern
» Pac-12 media days: Colorado eager to turn things around

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks target Deondre Francois verbally commits to Florida State
» LaMichael James estimates quick return to 49ers after elbow injury
» Oregon Ducks fall camp position breakdown: Offensive line; Oregon rundown
» Oregon Ducks highest of six Pac-12 teams ranked in first coaches poll

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential
» Levi's Stadium: Three college football games this year
» Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery says he's close to being ready
» College football: Key dates for Cal, Stanford, San Jose State

UCLA (Los Angeles Daily News)
» UCLA Football Notebook: Running back Malcolm Jones loses appeal for extra season
» College Football: Position coach Adrian Klemm says UCLA offensive line a work in progress
» 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

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)
» Huskies ranked No. 25 in preseason coaches poll
» Huskies fall camp position preview: Linebackers
» Morning links: More love for Huskies' Shaq Thompson
» Morning links: Pauley Pavilion flooded

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» WSU fall practice schedule
» Is the future now?
» Looking at the WSU pre-camp depth chart
» Washington works on body, mind



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