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Pac-12: Sun Devils, Beavers in bowl games Saturday

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After the Pac-12 South champion UCLA Bruins produced a major letdown for the conference in the Holiday Bowl, two more Pac-12 teams will make bowl appearances Saturday.

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The league stands 1-2 in the postseason after UCLA's 49-26 loss to Baylor.

Arizona State vs. Navy, Fight Hunger Bowl, San Francisco

The Sun Devils seemingly have the Pac-12's easiest avenue to a bowl victory, facing an undistinguished Navy team. The variable is dealing with Navy's option scheme, which often creates problems for defenses after a long layoff in advance of a bowl game.

Otherwise, ASU will have a major advantage in personnel. Quarterback Taylor Kelly and the Devils' offense should be able to rack up some big numbers, picking up where they left off in a victory over Arizona in the Territorial Cup. The pick: Arizona State 35, Navy 17.

Oregon State vs. Texas, Alamo Bowl, San Antonio

The Beavers will feel like visitors in the Alamodome, just up I-35 from the Texas campus in Austin. This looks like a pretty even matchup. OSU is thrilled to be playing in this game after missing a bowl appearance last season, while the Longhorns surely had bigger ambitions than the Alamo Bowl. Texas also is dealing with the distraction of having two players sent home for disciplinary reasons. Those intangibles should give the Beavers an edge, but they'll still need a big night from quarterback Cody Vaz, who's been chosen to start over Sean Mannion. The pick: Oregon State 24, Texas 21

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Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Transcript: Fan chat during the Arizona vs. California football game
» UA football: WR Jones honored by Pac-12
» UA football: Your stories from the 'Hill Mary'
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Caldwell's pin count goes into record books

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» To beat UCLA, Sun Devils must put heat on QB
» ASU has prominent role in NCAA Final Four bid
» Devils expect QB Brett Hundley to play for UCLA
» Ex-ASU RB Marion Grice signs with Cardinals

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Jeff Kent provides women's scholarship endowment to Cal athletics
» Grading Cal's 49-45 loss to Arizona
» Cal's game at Washington State on Oct. 4 to kick off at 7:30 p.m.
» Cal athletics store celebrates football victory prematurely

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
» Canzano: Nick Aliotti on Ducks defense, "Sometimes you have to change the math, you have to put your neck out there"
» Devon Allen and Keanon Lowe appear to have a bottle thrown at them during Oregon Ducks' win over Washington State
» Is Oregon's Marcus Mariota the nation's best player? His coaches are biased, but say so

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)
» Grading Stanford's week: Cardinal has a bye
» Local sports digest: Stanford, Cal in water polo showdown
» Stanford coach David Shaw goes digging
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced

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)
» Washington men's golf in sixth after two rounds of Husky Invitational
» UW opponent: Stanford
» Chris Petersen says UW needs ‘A' game starting Saturday against Stanford
» Jake Browning, standout California QB, will enroll at UW in January

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Quoting Cracraft, Peterson and Eklund
» Utah: WSU game notes
» Mike Leach Monday press conference
» Cal game set for 7:30



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