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Weekend roundup: South takes a hit

Roadside Cafe, Phoenix SkyHarbor International — So, here we are, four weeks into the season, and your South Division leaders are Arizona State and... Colorado? Arizona, UCLA, and USC have all sustained losses early in conference play. A division that appears to be significantly more open than anticipated when USC began the season ranked No. 1 in the AP Top 25 has no clear favorite except the one that is riding the fumes of its waning expectations.

The AP Top 25 was released Sunday morning and, as usual, Pac-12 teams came and went.

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Oregon State appeared in the poll for the first time since 2010, debuting at No. 18 after beating previous No. 19 UCLA in the Rose Bowl. So the Bruins were dropped. Too, were the once-No. 22 Arizona Wildcats, who lost 49-0 to Oregon. The Ducks, conversely jumped LSU and rose to No. 2.

Perhaps the most stunning result in the conference, at least to those of us in our neck of the woods, was Utah's 37-7 debacle in Tempe, a lopside loss to an Arizona State team that we can now safely say has been underrated through the first month of the season. The Salt Lake Tribune was there and, of course, all over it.

Wodraska: Arizona State torches Utes 37-7

Wodraska: Utes might need longer than a bye week to correct problems

Wodraska: ASU exposes numerous Utah weaknesses

Kragthorpe: Utes’ Pac-12 opener sets disturbing tone

Oram: John White returns but can't lift Utes' run game

Oram: Utes join Pac-12 trend by debuting new look

On to the leads...

Arizona State 37, Utah 7

Tempe, Ariz. — They've had some things go their way. Playing mostly against backup quarterbacks, for example, certainly isn't a bad thing.

But through four games, a third of the regular season, Arizona State's Sun Devils are off to an encouraging start. Saturday night's 37-7 win over Utah at Sun Devil Stadium was not a contest. In many ways, it mirrored ASU's previous two wins.

Quick start, big lead.

Little drama. — Arizona Republic

Oregon State 27, No. 19 UCLA 20

Pasasdena, Calif. —Two games, two Heisman campaigns tripped up.

After frustrating Wisconsin's Montee Ball in the opener, Oregon State held UCLA's Johnathan Franklin to 45 yards -- one-fourth of his nation-leading average -- in Saturday's 27-20 victory in the Rose Bowl. That's two top running backs on two nationally ranked teams left with no room to run and no touchdowns allowed by a defense that got no respect before the stunning start to the season. — The Oregonian

No. 13 USC 27, California 9

Los Angeles —USC achieved its goal, defeating California and erasing the hurt of last week's loss at Stanford. But the Trojans' 27-9 victory on Saturday at the Coliseum was, at times, painful to watch.

And not just for the fans who came out to see whether the Trojans' defeat at Palo Alto was a stumble or a harbinger of things to come. — Los Angeles Times

Colorado 35, Washington State 34

Pullman, Wash. — Seven days after becoming a national punch line, Colorado dug deep for something inside Saturday and scored three touchdowns in the final 7:06 to overtake Washington State 35-34 in a Pac-12 opener, stunning a crowd of 31,668 at Martin Stadium.

CU (1-3, 1-0 Pac-12) never led in the game until junior quarterback Jordan Webb scored on a 4-yard keeper and Will Oliver kicked the extra point with nine seconds left. — Denver Post

No. 3 Oregon 49, No. 22 Arizona 0

Eugene, Ore. — Of all the things Oregon coach Chip Kelly treasures in this world, at or near the top of the list is leading his team through a football practice.

He loves the personal interactions with his team, cherishes the chance to get improvement out of his players, is fueled by the competitive edge meaningful preparation can provide. And so, when Kelly elected to cut short the Ducks’ final workout of this past week, the day before they hosted Arizona in Autzen Stadium on Saturday, those who know him best felt something brewing.

Something special. Something resembling what the Ducks went out and accomplished — a 49-0 white-washing of what had been the nation’s No. 4 total offense entering the weekend, and an emphatic opening stanza in Oregon’s attempt to win a fourth straight conference title. — Eugene Register-Guard

— Bill Oram

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» UA sports Throwback Thursday: Lowell-Stevens Football opens
» Wildcats earn academic honors
» Photos: UA's smartest athletes 2013-14
» Wildcats: Who's gonna be the QB?

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» 5-star linebacker Houston checking out ASU
» Top 2016 tight end Naseir Upshur likes ASU
» ASU football overview: Defensive backs
» Why is Sendek watching film of VCU, Louisville?

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential
» Levi's Stadium: Three college football games this year
» College football: Key dates for Cal, Stanford, San Jose State
» Cal's injury-plagued defense mended, ready to go

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Former CU Buff Chris Copeland enjoys NBA after years of overseas play
» Pac-12 living up to tradition as tops in quarterbacks
» Changes in college football a cause of excitement and concern
» Pac-12 media days: Colorado eager to turn things around

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks say signee Ray Kasongo isn't expected to join basketball team
» Ducks' freshman denied admission, Damian Lillard's rivals praise his game: The Oregonian sports top 5 at 5
» Super Bowl title makes former Oregon Duck Max Unger's offseason one to remember
» Brianne Theisen Eaton claims the heptathlon gold medal in the Commonwealth Games

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director
» Oregon State hands out Bennys to top athletes, coaches and teams
» OSU fishing: MacDonald, Martinez win conference tournament

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential
» Levi's Stadium: Three college football games this year
» Stanford receiver Ty Montgomery says he's close to being ready
» College football: Key dates for Cal, Stanford, San Jose State

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 fall camp position preview: Linebackers
» Morning links: More love for Huskies' Shaq Thompson
» Morning links: Pauley Pavilion flooded
» Huskies to open three fall-camp practices to the public

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Looking at the WSU pre-camp depth chart
» Washington works on body, mind
» Wednesday WSU chat
» To paraphrase Frank, it was a very good day



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