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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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PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Miller's good day
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra: UA football
» Greg Hansen's Video Notebook
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra...Arizona football makes the most out of Spring practice

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU hockey tops Robert Morris to claim ACHA crown
» ASU baseball drops series against Tennessee
» Cancer fails to pin ASU's Eskam or derail his big plans for life
» Late errors doom ASU baseball in tough loss to Tennessee

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.
» Cal's Sonny Dykes gets advice from veteran coaches after 1-11 first season
» Cal football: Espitia hopes he's found home at linebacker
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado Classics: Darian Hagan, former CU Buffs quarterback
» CU Buffs backup QB Jordan Gehrke impresses during spring drills
» Fleet freshman receivers shine in CU Buffs' spring game
» Spring games are important, Colorado's Mike MacIntyre says

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» The Oregon Relays was a good meet -- for the participants; Oregon track & field rundown
» Edward Cheserek makes a triumphant debut at Hayward Field in the Oregon Relays
» UO women's 4x100 flies to No. 2 in school history at the Mt. SAC Relays

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: De Carolis statement on men's basketball
» Oregon State's tournament success caps a remarkably quick turnaround
» OSU gymnastics: Beavers headed to Penn State for NCAA regionals
» OSU wins seventh straight racquetball national title

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Cal women's tennis team stuns host Stanford, claims first Pac-12 title.
» Stanford's Olympic diving coach Rick Schavone retires
» Local digest: Longtime Stanford diving coach Rick Schavone is retiring
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament

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)
» California avoids sweep, beats Huskies in baseball
» Jeff Lindquist shines but UW quarterback competition to continue
» Deontae Cooper, Lavon Coleman, Jeff Lindquist shine in UW spring game
» Videos: Deontae Cooper, Jonathan Smith after UW's spring game

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Hey, it's the Easter bunny. And he has links
» Sunday morning Pac-12 links
» Spokane Shock vs. Cleveland
» Shock lose on last play



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