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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)
» UA football: Your stories from the 'Hill Mary'
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books
» UA football: Inside the numbers of UA's win
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU's rivalry with UCLA takes center stage
» ASU football practice report from Sunday
» College insider: ASU volleyball set for UA
» Jordan Simone goes from walk-on to playmaker

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Jeff Kent provides endowed women's scholarship to Cal athletics
» Cal athletics store celebrates football victory prematurely
» Cal coach Sonny Dykes to players: 'Hang in there'
» Cal Bears' big night in Arizona ends in nightmare finish

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Heisman Watch 2014: Alabama's Amari Cooper, Mississippi State's Dak Prescott join the party
» Oregon Ducks still No. 1, Utah and Oregon State rise in Week 4 Pac-12 Power Rankings
» How I voted in the The Oregonian's Pac-12 power ratings poll ... and why

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors

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: Kasen Williams on Stanford: 'It's going to be a showdown'
» Huskies get commitment from linebacker DJ Beavers
» Throw the ball more, says Huskies receiver Kasen Williams
» Huskies vs. Stanford, by the numbers: UW's Danny Shelton, Hau'oli Kikaha lead nation in sacks

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Grading the Oregon game
» Wilson's ability can stand on its own
» Utah week
» A little night practice



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