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Pac-12: Arizona rises, Washington falls

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Other than the Big Game, the biggest development Saturday in the Pac-12 this weekend was Arizona's elevating itself into the middle tier of the conference and Washington's dropping into the lower tier. That's the fallout of Arizona's rout of the Huskies.

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A glance at Saturday's results in the Pac-12 – amid further appreciation of Oregon's overwhelming first half against Arizona State, on the way to a 43-21 victory Thursday.

Arizona 52, Washington 17

Each team passed for 256 yards, but that's where the similarities ended. Arizona's yardage came in big chunks on only 14 completions, while the Huskies needed 29 completions. The other difference was the Wildcats' rushing for 277 yards (Ka'Deem Carey accounted for 172 himself) to UW's 124. At the risk of overreacting to Arizona's first Pac-12 win, the Wildcats look like a dangerous team in the second half of the season, while Washington is fading.

Stanford 21, Cal 3

An upset in the Big Game became the trendy pick – but not by me. Just the same, the Cardinal's statistical dominance was surprising. Stanford topped the 300-yard mark in total offense by halftime and finished with 475 yards to Cal's 217. The Bears were held to 3 net rushing yards; Cottonwood High product Isi Sofele gained 13 yards on 10 carries. Stanford's Stepfan Taylor ran for 189 yards.

USC 50, Colorado 6

Somehow, you just knew USC quarterback Matt Barkley was ready to rack up some numbers in this game, after attempting only 20 passes the previous week at Washington. Well, he was allowed to throw only 20 passes against Colorado, because the game was out of hand early in the third quarter. By then, he had completed 19 passes for 298 yards and six touchdowns, four to Robert Woods. Two interesting statistics: Even with six turnovers, Colorado held the ball for 37 minutes. And while recording 22 first downs, USC faced only six third-down situations (converting two).

Oregon State 21, Utah 7

The Beavers were not all that impressive, but they did what they needed to do. OSU gained only 226 total yards, but took advantage of two turnovers deep in Utah territory to take a 14-0 lead that proved sufficient. This outcome actually sets up perfectly for the Beavers, because now there's no controversy about reinserting Sean Mannion as the starting quarterback, now that he's healthy. Nobody could say Cody Vaz deserves to keep the job, even after beating BYU and Utah.

– Kurt Kragthorpe

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PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Arizona Wildcats and Sports Insider
» Hansen: Arizona Wildcats new uniform
» UA baseball: Garcia returns as assistant coach
» UA football: Notes and quotes from Tuesday's practice

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Safety Ball nearly ready to go full speed
» Hood returns after extended personal leave
» Soccer opens ASU athletic year in Hawaii
» New uniforms prove fashion trumps tradition

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's goal in Dykes' second season is to establish running game
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
» Cal football: Sonny Dykes upbeat after closed scrimmage

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado special teams looking for many happy returns in 2014
» Turnover margin always a concern for Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre
» CU scrambling to settle on replacement for injured safety Jered Bell
» Injured Colorado safety Jered Bell to seek sixth year, coach MacIntyre says

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Former Oregon Ducks running back Jonathan Stewart scores twice for Carolina Panthers against Kansas City
» A redshirt freshman emerges as the leader in Arizona's QB competition: Pac-12 roundup
» Hroniss Grasu and Ifo Ekpre-Olomu make CBSsports.com preseason All-America team
» Chip Kelly has fun at Philadelphia Eagles practice, dives into pool of ice water: Video

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)
» Stanford football: Defensive coordinator learns from 49ers counterpart
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
» Stanford football: Tailbacks Kelsey Young, Remound Wright miss scrimmage

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)
» WNBA attendance up 1 percent and increased viewership
» Huskies morning links: UW will go by-commitee to replace Austin Seferian-Jenkins
» In trying to replace Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Huskies may go with by-committee approach
» Husky coach Chris Petersen joins Twitter to keep up with recruits

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Live WSU Football Chat
» Our allegiances are about to be stretched
» Eastern and opponent links
» Give the defensive line a break



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