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Pac-12: Crazy day in the conference

Saturday was a humbling day for a lot of people involved in Pac-12 football, including those of us who try to forecast what will happen in those games.

The Pac-12 has been a fairly predictable conference this season, but not so this weekend. Washington State's 49-37 victory over Utah played out about as expected, and the same might be said of Stanford's 63-13 defeat of Cal - except for the part about the Cardinal scoring 63 points. And then Washington topped that production in a 69-27 win over Oregon State, after leading 48-0 through three quarters. Coupled with Oregon's 42-16 loss at Arizona, the Oregon schools were blasted by a total of 111-43. Who could have seen that coming?

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The Ducks' loss enabled Stanford to win the Pac-12 North title. The Cardinal will meet Arizona State in the Dec. 7 championship game, thanks to ASU's 38-33 defeat of UCLA. The Sun Devils nearly blew a 35-13 lead, but stopped a UCLA drive that reached the 6-yard line in the last five minutes.

Individually, Stanford's Ty Montgomery scored touchdowns the first four times he touched the ball against Cal, with a 31-yard run and receptions of 50, 12 and 72 yards. Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota's interception-free streak ended at 343 attempts.

Looking ahead to a Thanksgiving weekend that features five rivalry games (if you count Utah-Colorado), the most meaningful contest is Arizona vs. ASU in the Territorial Cup. That's because the Sun Devils can determine if they'll host the Pac-12 title game or they'll have to visit Stanford.

Saturday's results also clarified that the Pac-12 will have nine bowl-eligible teams. That means two teams likely will have to find vacancies outside of the conference's affiliations.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
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
» Ducks' to get visit from pair of 5-stars, Revenge doesn't motivate Oregon: The Oregonian sports top 5
» College Football Playoff 2014: Top teams endure in Week 5 of the First Four Poll, but change is coming
» Getting quarterback Marcus Mariota moving keeps Oregon Ducks' offense humming

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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