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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)
» Wildcats prepare for game at No. 2 Oregon
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Strong season will help "Hill Mary" be remembered
» UA football: Pair of defensive players leave team
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Q&A with ASU quarterback Mike Bercovici
» Rankings: Colleges by AZ high school players
» ASU's Taylor Kelly "pretty questionable" for USC
» Norvell: Timeouts not factor in key turnover

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal's Oct. 11 home game vs. Washington set for 3 p.m. kickoff
» Cal outlasts Colorado 59-56 in two overtimes
» Cal will change athletes' admission standards
» Matchup: Cal vs. Colorado

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
» Getting quarterback Marcus Mariota moving keeps Oregon Ducks' offense humming
» Charles Nelson might be creeping into the Oregon Ducks' defense
» Cameron Scarlett discusses Washington Huskies visit, lingering hamstring issues

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)
» Stanford beats Washington with fourth-quarter touchdown
» Matchup: No. 16 Stanford at Washington
» Stanford facing must-win game at Washington's noisy Husky Stadium
» San Jose family has deep roots in college football

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)
» Seahawks silent, but fans find plenty to cheer
» Are Pac-12 quarterbacks conference's best class ever?
» Washington State men sit 3rd in home golf meet
» Chris Petersen on Huskies' offensive struggles: ‘We can coach them better'

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Overcoming a big win
» Monday press conference: Mike Leach
» Goodbye to the region's Boys of Summer
» What is a 'Bear Raid' anyway?



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