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Thursday links: Pac-12 Networks vs. DirecTV is still the best matchup

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.

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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.

Much more...

— 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

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» UA football: Five players/positions to watch tonight
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» UA football: On QBs, captains and facing UNLV
» UA football: On QBs, captains and facing UNLV

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Boivin: Renovations point ASU to golden future
» Jaelen Strong has fast start to junior season
» Graham hopes Pac-12 has home in playoffs
» Quarter by quarter: ASU 45, Weber State 14

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's Cameron Walker matures at cornerback
» Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy
» Cal football: Quarterback Jared Goff in control
» College football preview: Pac-12 Conference

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado State's chances might be put on the line
» Colorado receiver Nelson Spruce succeeds on and off the field
» Rocky Mountain Showdown: CU Buffs-CSU Rams game information, matchups
» Kiszla: CU road to glory begins with winning at home

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» College Football picks, week 1: LSU, Ohio State, Alabama face opening tests
» No. 3 Oregon vs. South Dakota: 5 things to watch
» Devon Allen of the Oregon Ducks joins Andrew Greif and Tyson Alger on The Official Visit Podcast

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers
» Stanford's Jordan Morris gets U.S. soccer call up from Klinsmann
» Stanford's Ty Montgomery expected to start opener
» Wilner: New NCAA football playoff a recipe for controversy

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)
» Huskies morning links: Jonathan Smith ready to call the shots for UW offense
» TV sports: Here's where to find the Huskies' opening football game
» Finding Hawaiian gems is just part of Keith Bhonapha's job
» Huskies make recruiting Hawaii a priority

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» There is something about this that seems familiar
» Eastern football links
» Morning after links
» Destination: Vancouver and TBD

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