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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.


— 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)
» Wildcats: University of Arizona safety Will Parks
» UA football: Canadian offensive lineman commits to Cats
» Hansen slideshow: 10 Tucson records that can't be topped
» UA sports Throwback Thursday: Lowell-Stevens Football opens

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football practice report: Friday morning
» Breaking down ASU football's first practice
» Reaction to ASU football's first practice
» Video: Early update from ASU's first practice

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Cal football's four most pressing issues
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Buffaloes searching for Annie Brunner's successor at goalkeeper position
» CU Buffs have realistic expectations ahead of 2014-15 football season
» Former CU Buff Chris Copeland enjoys NBA after years of overseas play
» Pac-12 living up to tradition as tops in quarterbacks

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Bayern Munich beats Chivas Guadalajara, Mariota three-peats as Pac-12's top player: The Oregonian sports top 5 at 5
» Leaders after Round of 32 in Oregon's Greatest Athlete Bracket Challenge
» Oregon's Greatest Athlete: Round of 16 matchups set
» The final Oregon Ducks live chat of the offseason is here; have a question for reporter Andrew Greif?

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)
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Stanford needs to find replacement for RB Tyler Gaffney
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential

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 fall camp position preview: Defensive backs
» Remembering the Huskies' Abner Thomas
» Morning links: Ticket sales lagging for Hawaii
» Morning links: Oregon loses another player

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» A worthy honor for a worthy man
» Indians use second half to try new looks
» UPDATE: Drew Loftus arrested for assault
» Steve Gleason will be inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame

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