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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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Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Video collection: UA hoops incoming freshmen highlights
» Pac-12 Media Days, Day 2
» Pac-12 projections: Part 1
» Photos: UA sports Throwback Thursday Jared Tevis

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Graham: Great programs reload, not rebuild
» With 9 starters gone, ASU's defense is unknown
» ASU picked to finish third in Pac-12 South
» ASU All Access: One-on-one with Todd Graham

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local digest: Atletico Madrid not at full strength against San Jose Earthquakes
» Coach Sonny Dykes promises Cal Bears will be competitive
» Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott disputes remarks by Big 12's Bob Bowlsby
» DirecTV still saying no to Pac-12 Network

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Pac-12 media days: Colorado eager to turn things around
» Colorado's MacIntyre at Pac-12 media days: "We will be improved"
» Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott: league "well positioned" for playoffs
» CU Buffs picked 6th in Pac-12 football media poll; Oregon the favorite

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Kevin Love trade rumors; late hits on Marcus Mariota; Ducks get QB transfer: The Oregonian sports top 5
» Mary Cain fights out of trouble and runs away with the USA Junior women's 3,000
» Russia's Ekaterina Starygina saves best for last to win women's javelin: IAAF World Junior Championships 2014
» Oregon's Christian Brennan joins USA duo in women's 400 final: IAAF World Junior Championships 2014

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)
» Local digest: Atletico Madrid not at full strength against San Jose Earthquakes
» Stanford's Evan Crower emerges as Kevin Hogan's backup
» Stanford's David Shaw open to San Jose State game at Levi's Stadium
» Pac 12 football: Stanford reacts to being picked second

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)
» Morning links: Chris Petersen 'nailed it' in move to Washington
» Huskies QB Cyler Miles suspended for Hawaii opener
» UW injury notes: Freshman Jaimie Bryant takes medical retirement
» UW's Chris Petersen on Troy Williams, Jeff Lindquist, Budda Baker, Oregon and more

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Halliday has a chance to be special
» Cougars land Bigge lineman
» Fleet Dominic Davis says he'll go to WSU
» Shock want to keep momentum rolling



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