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Pac-12: Oregon, ASU should extend league's success

Not surprisingly, considering the matchups, the Pac-12 is making a postseason surge in football. USC, Oregon State and Washington have won bowl games by at least 15 points - which only serves to remind everyone that Washington State blew a 15-point lead in the late stages of a loss to Colorado State to begin the bowl season.

In any case, the conference's schedule resumes Monday, when Oregon and Arizona State will take the field as solid favorites.

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Oregon vs. Texas, Alamo Bowl, 4:45 p.m. MST, ESPN.

The Ducks wobbled in November, losing twice and barely beating Oregon State. Part of their struggles can be attributed to quarterback Marcus Mariota's knee injury, which restricted his running ability. He should be more healthy in San Antonio, facing a Texas defense whose coordinator was fired in September after the Longhorns allowed 259 rushing yards to BYU quarterback Taysom Hill.

It's the last game for Texas coach Mack Brown and also the final appearance for Oregon defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti, who's retiring.

Questions persist about the Ducks' degree of motivation, having fallen below the BCS level after once being in national championship consideration, but they should respond reasonably well in the Alamodome. Oregon 42, Texas 31.

Arizona State vs. Texas Tech, Holiday Bowl, 8:15 p.m. MST, ESPN

This is pretty simple. The Sun Devils (10-3) lost twice to Stanford this season and also fell to Notre Dame, while barely beating Wisconsin and Utah. Those are all physical teams. Texas Tech does not fit that description.

So ASU should thrive against the Red Raiders, after scoring 62 points against Navy in a bowl game last December. The Sun Devils won't reach that point total in San Diego, but they should be driven to finish the season successfully after being overwhelmed by Stanford in the Pac-12 championship game. Arizona State 45, Texas Tech 28.

PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Byrne, staff worked hard to get 50K for UA opener
» UA football: Breaking down the wide receivers
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine
» Free weekly Wildcat sports magazine

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Goal-line stand highlights 1st look at defense
» How ASU's 2015 commits fared Friday night
» Film confirms Graham likes effort in opener
» Rewind: Looking back at ASU's win

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Cal Bears hang on for win at Northwestern
» Cal football notebook: Freshman QB Rubenzer an effective secret weapon
» Cal opens at Northwestern with a much different look on defense
» Fact box: Cal at Northwestern

Colorado (Denver Post)
» CU Buffs freshman WR Shay Fields gets off to impressive start
» Opening game loss a blow to Colorado's goal of a bowl bid
» CSU roars back to beat CU 31-17 in Rocky Mountain Showdown
» CU-CSU Briefs: Rams' defense tightens up after poor start

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» No. 3 Oregon Ducks try to find their 'edge' to prepare for No. 8 Michigan State
» Oregon Ducks' Mark Helfrich post-South Dakota: Hoping for 'substantial, exponential improvement' for Michigan State
» Royce Freeman on his first college game: 'It was a great experience' (video)

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations
» Oregon State hires longtime trainer hired Fred Tedeschi
» Beavers hire Mark Massari as deputy athletics director

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Stanford overpowers UC Davis in season-opening win
» Stanford opens 2014 season without a No. 1 tailback -- again
» Fact box: Stanford vs. UC-Davis
» Stanford prepares for UC Davis as memory of stunning 2005 loss lingers

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 morning links: It wasn't pretty, but UW opens with a win
» Poll: Will you watch the NWSL championship match or WNBA playoffs?
» Video: UW's Danny Shelton, John Timu after victory over Hawaii
» Video: Jeff Lindquist, John Ross, Kasen Williams on Huskies' 17-16 win at Hawaii

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» We always (over)react to college football's first full Saturday
» They aren't who you thought they were
» Sebastian LaRue back at practice
» EWU vs. University of Western Montana



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