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Pac-12 links: No two-point conversion conversations here

I was accused in the comments of this blog yesterday of being a BYU supporter and being resentful that it was the Utes, not the Cougars, who were invited to the Pac-12 in 2010. I was perplexed, because that didn't sound like me at all. Then hours later, I actually did begin to wish the Cougars were in the Pac-12 — so I could criticize Bronco Mendenhall's decision to go for two late in the fourth quarter of his team's 7-6 loss at Boise State. Alas, we talk about the Pac-12 here, so on to that conference (where no coach this week could possibly do something so boneheaded, indefensible and costly as that... right?).

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— Folks in Tempe remember Utah quarterback Jon Hays, so they expect the Sun Devils to win on Saturday.

— There's been a lot of talk about injury reports in this conference, and Mike Leach gets taken to task for lecturing on journalism, saying his players don't get hurt and his inability to count to three.

Bud Withers doesn't want to hear from Pac-12 Networks or DirecTV again until they have something nice to say.

— Cal running back Brendan Bigelow became a star against Ohio State and start getting reps over former Cottonwood star Isi Sofele.

— It's quaint how folks in Boulder continue to talk about the small things, as if improvement in the ground game would extinguish this grease fire. Cyclist Taylor Phinney says folks in his hometown Boulder would be better off cheering for him.

Matt Barkley is falling on draft boards. Here's why. USC has had a rough last week, and the cure is winning.

— With only a small sample size to lean on, how concerned should Oregon State be with its kicking game?

— Oregon coach Chip Kelly dislikes all these late starts (and I bet the reporters who cover his team do, too).

— So, it's not North and South in the historical sense, but the boys over at ESPN take a stab at determining which division is stronger.

— The OC Register picks USC over Cal and UCLA over Oregon State.

— The Beavers will face on Saturday a former coveted recruit and they've never seen an offense quite like this.

— Oregon opens Pac-12 play against Arizona, and the Heisman Trophy is Sports Illustrated cover boy De'Anthony Thomas' to lose, says one columnist.

— Bill Oram

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» UA football: On QBs, UTSA, rankings and more
» UA football: My AP Top 25 poll
» Live Q&A on UA football with Daniel Berk

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU football moves up to No. 17 in AP poll
» Amway Coaches Poll Top 25 teams
» ASU football moves up 2 spots in Coaches Poll
» Sendek, Turner Thorne agree to extensions

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal: Grading the Golden Bear' 31-24 victory against Northwestern
» Cal Bears hang on for win at Northwestern
» Cal football notebook: Freshman QB Rubenzer an effective secret weapon
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs "fired up" to play at UMass, atone for season-opening loss
» CU Buffs aim to fix defensive alignment issues to fix run defense
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Goe: Alexi Pappas and Jeremy Teicher had to reach for extras in their movie about distance running
» Oregon Ducks remain at No. 3 in latest AP Top 25 Poll
» No. 7 Michigan State tries to replicate Stanford's 'blueprint' to beating No. 3 Oregon Ducks

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: Grading the Cardinal's 45-0 romp past UC Davis
» Stanford: Cardinal coach Shaw says he, USC's Sarkisian have no animosity
» Stanford overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again

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)
» Travis Feeney, a linebacker with 'incredible' upside, reclaims starting spot for the Huskies
» Huskies aim high: A run at a national volleyball title
» Video: UW's Pete Kwiatkowski says Eastern Washington's offense among best in nation
» Matisse Thybulle returns from Cal; Oregon and Zags next

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Pac-12 power rankings: Week two
» Zags on ESPN networks at least 13 times
» There is no place like Safeco for Young
» Halliday's leadership on full display



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