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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)
» Arizona football: Live blog from Pac-12 Media Days
» UA football: Cats take turn in Hollywood spotlight
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Mermuys makes NBA coaching leap; Johnson nears deal
» Arizona football: Hill named to another watch list

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Doug Haller's Pac-12 football preseason ballot
» Pac-12 football media day: Latest news, updates
» Ranking 50 best college basketball players
» ASU is hard to figure for Pac-12 poll

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal Bears seek to boost red-zone scoring
» Cal coach Sonny Dykes says this football season will be different
» Oregon picked over Stanford to win Pac-12 North
» Live udpates: Pac-12 Football Media Day 1, Wednesday at 8 a.m.

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs picked 6th in Pac-12 football media poll; Oregon the favorite
» Greg Henderson ready to etch name with list of CU's four-year starters
» CU's MacIntyre knows what to expect from new safety addition
» Rick George: CU Buffs should play bowl game this season, Pac-12 championship by 2016

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Aaron Brooks excited about 'the opportunity' after signing with Chicago Bulls
» Oregon's Christian Brennan advances in women's 400 meters: IAAF World Junior Championships 2014
» Oregon's Marcus Mariota featured in Pac-12 video on education
» Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says 'collegiate model working for vast majority of student-athletes'

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, SJSU game might move to Levi's Stadium
» Oregon picked over Stanford to win Pac-12 North
» Live udpates: Pac-12 Football Media Day 1, Wednesday at 8 a.m.
» WNBA All-Star game: Chiney Ogwumike gets even with sister

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)
» USC's Steve Sarkisian on the Huskies: 'I can honestly say I'll be rooting for them this fall'
» Huskies picked to finish third in Pac-12 football preseason poll
» Huskies fall camp position preview: Offensive line
» Pac-12 football media day live, July 23

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Bronze may be Sherman's favorite color
» Pac-12 Media Day (live stream)
» Petrino, Idaho at Sun Belt media day
» College football is just around the corner



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