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OSU/Nicholls State rescheduled for Dec. 1 (and other stuff)

Suddenly, everybody wants a piece of the Beavers.

OK, no quite. But after Nicholls State was unable to travel to Corvallis in Week 1 due to Hurricane Isaac, the game between the Beavers has been rescheduled for Dec. 1, excepting the Beavers reach the Pac-12 Championship game or Nicholls State advances to the FCS playoffs. It was the plan coach Mike Riley said was most weeks ago and could mean one more win for the Beavers in their quest for bowl eligibility.

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Oregon State used it's extra off week as a boost to upset No. 13 Wisconsin last week. It was a strange start for OSU, certainly, which rarely has opened with a win over an A-list non-conference oppoent, as researched by the ESPN blog.

Elsewhere...

— Stanford/USC is the biggest game of the week, at least within the conference. The Cardinal has a shot to win, says one writer, as the rivalry eases into a friendlier era. Not sure how this became a rivalry? Take a trip down memory lane.

— USC was smart enough to lift its ban on a reporter. But Washington was dumb enough to copy USC's policy. Reporters walk a fine line between information and strategy, but coaches are going too far.

— Cal goes to Ohio State this weekend, and let's just say the Bears haven't historically been good against top teams. The Bears' first challenge will be slowing QB Braxton Miller.

— Notre Dame's shakeup shouldn't affect its long relationship with the Pac-12.

— UCLA D-end Datone Jones made it out of Compton, now he goes back to help.

— If Washington State has to go forward without Jeff Tuel this week, backup Connor Halliday could be fun to watch.

— Former Colorado coach Bill McCartney still has confidence in Jon Embree, who strangely isn't as high on these hot seat rankings as you'd think.

— Speaking of the hot seat. Jon Wilner estimates it would cost Cal $10 million to oust much-maligned Jeff Tedford.

— Bill Oram

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra: UA football
» Greg Hansen's Video Notebook
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra...Arizona football makes the most out of Spring practice
» Video collection: NBA decision day at McKale

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU hockey tops Robert Morris to claim ACHA crown
» ASU baseball drops series against Tennessee
» Cancer fails to pin ASU's Eskam or derail his big plans for life
» Late errors doom ASU baseball in tough loss to Tennessee

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.
» Cal's Sonny Dykes gets advice from veteran coaches after 1-11 first season
» Cal football: Espitia hopes he's found home at linebacker
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado Classics: Darian Hagan, former CU Buffs quarterback
» CU Buffs backup QB Jordan Gehrke impresses during spring drills
» Fleet freshman receivers shine in CU Buffs' spring game
» Spring games are important, Colorado's Mike MacIntyre says

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» Oregon Ducks' multi-dimensional Oshay Dunmore hopes reunion with Erik Chinander ends in a breakout spring
» Austin Grebeck plays hero again as No. 23 Oregon completes sweep of Washington State
» Oregon Ducks sprinters make noise at Mt. SAC Relays

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: De Carolis statement on men's basketball
» Oregon State's tournament success caps a remarkably quick turnaround
» OSU gymnastics: Beavers headed to Penn State for NCAA regionals
» OSU wins seventh straight racquetball national title

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford's Olympic diving coach Rick Schavone retires
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament
» Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike is WNBA's top overall draft pick

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)
» Jeff Lindquist shines but UW quarterback competition to continue
» California avoids sweep, beats Huskies in baseball
» Deontae Cooper, Lavon Coleman, Jeff Lindquist shine in UW spring game
» Videos: Deontae Cooper, Jonathan Smith after UW's spring game

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Spring Practice Report: Day 11
» Video: Idaho's Petrino after scrimmage
» Shock clash with unbeaten Gladiators
» There are some shining lights out there



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