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

Published September 20, 2012 12:36 pm

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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.

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