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Pac-12: Washington's hire could help BYU, USU

Chris Petersen's move from Boise State to Washington will make Pac-12 football competition more challenging for Utah, but the side effect is that Utah State and BYU may have an easier time dealing with the Broncos.

ESPN is reporting that Petersen will join the Huskies to replace Steve Sarkisian, who took the USC coaching job this week. Petersen compiled a 92-12 record with two BCS victories in eight seasons at Boise State.

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Washington is in the Pac-12 North, and the Huskies won't play Utah in 2014 in the conference's scheduling rotation.

Boise State is Utah State's biggest rival in the Mountain Division of the Mountain West, so the Aggies stand to gain from the Broncos' transition. BSU has kept improving while going from Dirk Koetter to Dan Hawkins to Petersen in this century, each time promoting its offensive coordinator. But it is hard to imagine anyone doing what Petersen has done in Boise.

BYU also is affected, because the Cougars have a long-term scheduling agreement with Boise State.

Another variable is how Petersen's move will affect bowl selections and the games themselves. Petersen's contract includes a provision that he must coach the Broncos in their bowl game, according to The Idaho Statesman. Bowl selection committees might view Boise State differently now, which could make USU more attractive to a bowl such as the Poinsettia. Then again, Petersen's farewell game would make a good story.

Washington, meanwhile, is BYU's likely opponent in the Fight Hunger Bowl. The Huskies have appointed Marques Tuiasosopo as interim coach.

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Oregon (The Oregonian)
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» Canzano: Ex-University of Oregon defensive coordinator says USC is "playing soft"
» Recruiting 101: Explaining redshirts and grayshirts
» Ohio State fan who rushed field and was body-slammed by coach loses scholarship

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» Oregon State roundup (Sept. 19)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
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Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford's Shaw shoots down interest in Raiders job
» Stanford beats Washington with fourth-quarter touchdown
» Matchup: No. 16 Stanford at Washington
» Stanford facing must-win game at Washington's noisy Husky Stadium

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)
» Huskies rallying around Cyler Miles after offensive struggles
» Washington volleyball team sends USC packing in straight sets
» Washington baseball will host 28 games in 2015
» Washington football: A progress report after five games

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Offensive line backups impress
» Now that was a playoff game
» WSU football live chat
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