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?).
— 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
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Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Arizona basketball: How long will the Wildcats hold on to No. 1?
» Arizona Wildcats in AdvoCare V100 Bowl: Running backs are the story
» Arizona football: Wildcats still have multiple bowl options
» My final regular-season AP college football ballot
Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU women's basketball get it done again in OT
» ASU football will play Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl
» Softball season still a way off, but ASU's new coach is already delivering big pitch
» ASU football falls in polls after loss to Stanford
California (East Bay Tribune)
» For Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett, a long strange trip
» Cal falls just short of College Cup, loses to Maryland
» College basketball: Cal men lose to Santa Barbara
» Missy Franklin helps Cal dominate Winter Nationals
Colorado (Denver Post)
» Bill McCartney keeps standing on the rock as life keeps changing
» CU Buffs men's basketball rank 21st, first time both teams in poll since '97
» Askia Booker hits buzzer 3-pointer for CU Buffs' win over Kansas
» Bill McCartney's next mission is in Detroit, his former home
Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon's Hroniss Grasu named Rimington Trophy finalist
» Oregon tight end Pharaoh Brown is suspended for Alamo Bowl for role in campus snowball fight
» Heisman finalists: Florida State's Jameis Winston joined by 5 others, but not Marcus Mariota
» Will the Pac-12 go 9-0 in bowl games? And which matchup is the best? (polls)
Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU rugby: Men's, women's team both headed to National Sevens tournament
» OSU rugby: Alumni match set for Saturday
» OSU announces hire for compliance position
» OSU volleyball: Ducks have upper hand in season's 1st meeting between rivals
Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» For Saint Mary's coach Randy Bennett, a long strange trip
» Wilner on college football: San Jose State's bowl snub should not have been a surprise
» Rose Bowl matches similar teams in Stanford, Michigan State
» Stanford Cardinal headed back to Rose Bowl
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 enjoy introducing their âdream hire' in Chris Petersen
» Chris Petersen seems an ideal fit for the Huskies
» Money matters: Details of Chris Petersen's deal with the Huskies
» Chris Petersen on Husky Stadium: 'There's not a better one in college football'
Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» A good bowl selection day for the Pac-12, or was it?
» It was a loss but it was not a bad loss
» Monday morning Pac-12 links
» New Mexico Bowl Tickets
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