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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

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» 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
» Photos: Arizona 49, Cal 45

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)
» Cal coach Sonny Dykes to players: 'Hang in there'
» Cal athletics store celebrates football victory prematurely
» Cal Bears' big night in Arizona ends in nightmare finish
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown

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
» LeGarrette Blount, T.J. Ward, Ndamukong Suh highlight NFL Week 3 local performances
» In Washington State scare, Oregon Ducks find trouble and confidence they can still out-adjust foes
» Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich post-Washington State: 'We're getting better in some areas and we need to improve in many'

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 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
» Huskies morning links: UW wakes up from first-half nap to rout Georgia State

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» WSU basketball lands 6-8 wing
» One of these years, it will be corrected
» Day after Oregon links
» Video: Xavier Cooper after Oregon



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