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Pac-12: Oregon moves to AP No. 1

This weekend’s most significant development in Pac-12 football occurred far from the conference’s footprint.

Alabama’s loss to Texas A&M pushed Oregon to No. 1 in the AP Top 25 and, more important, positioned the Ducks for a national championship opportunity.

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That development sets up an interesting three-week stretch for Oregon in the Pac-12 North, beginning with Saturday’s home game vs. Stanford (6 p.m. MST, ABC). The Ducks then will visit Oregon State and, presumably, host the Pac-12 title game.

In the Pac-12 South, UCLA hosts USC on Saturday (1 p.m. MST, Fox) with the winner claiming the division championship.

The Pac-12’s ranked teams: Oregon (No. 1), Stanford (No. 14), Oregon State (No. 15), UCLA (No. 17) and USC (No. 21).

A review of the weekend’s results:

Arizona 56, Colorado 31

In the absence of quarterback Matt Scott (concussion), Ka’Deem Carey rushed for 366 yards and five touchdowns as the Wildcats became bowl-eligible. Arizona led only 21-17 late in the first half before seizing control. The starting quarterbacks, Arizona’s B.J. Denker and Colorado’s Nick Hirschman, combined to complete 24 of 27 passes for 259 yards.

Stanford 27, Oregon State 23

The big story here was Stanford redshirt freshman Kevin Hogan passing for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first start as the Cardinal rallied from a 23-14 deficit late in the third quarter. Stanford’s defense held OSU to 312 total yards.

USC 38, Arizona State 17

This was another huge day for USC’s Marqise Lee, who registered 227 yards of receiving and rushing, but the key number was ASU’s 250 total yards against a Trojan defense that had been skewered by Arizona and USC.

Oregon 59, Cal 17

The Ducks started slowly, by their standards, but still delivered their usual production – or better, in the case of quarterback Marcus Mariota, who threw for 377 yards and six touchdowns.

Washington 34, Utah 15

This was a six-point game in the third quarter with Washington punting, but a fumble by Utah’s Charles Henderson enabled the Huskies to take command. Washington went on to dominate the statistics with 437 total yards to Utah’s 188.

UCLA 44, Washington State 36

The Bruins gained only 334 total yards to WSU’s 524, but their 44-14 lead in the third quarter was sufficient. UCLA rushed for only 73 yards, but scored via a blocked field goal return and a fumble return.

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
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» Wildcats earn academic honors
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» College football: Preseason Amway Coaches Poll
» Florida State picked No. 1 in preseason poll
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California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal football's four most pressing issues
» 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

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs have realistic expectations ahead of 2014-15 football season
» 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

Oregon (The Oregonian)
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» Oregon Ducks scratch-and-sniff tickets, Will Barton gets contract guarantee: Oregonian Sports Top 5 at 5
» Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers athletes bond with cancer survivors on special fishing trip
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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 needs to find replacement for RB Tyler Gaffney
» 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

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 ranked No. 25 in preseason coaches poll
» Huskies fall camp position preview: Linebackers
» Morning links: More love for Huskies' Shaq Thompson
» Morning links: Pauley Pavilion flooded

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Drew Loftus arrested for assault
» Steve Gleason will be inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame
» No. 1 Eastern opens fall camp
» Mike Leach talks about the Cougars before camp



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