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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)
» Video collection: NBA decision day at McKale
» Greg Hansen's Video Notebook...why Rondae Hollis-Jefferson could be a top 10 draft pick next year
» Why Arizona's Kaleb Tarczewski and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson decided to stay
» Arizona Wildcats Video Extra...Gordon and Johnson may be gone, but Hollis-Jefferson is here to stay

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU hockey tops Robert Morris to claim ACHA crown
» ASU baseball drops series against Tennessee
» Cancer fails to pin ASU's Eskam or derail his big plans for life
» Late errors doom ASU baseball in tough loss to Tennessee

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament
» Cal names Tennessee's Cuonzo Martin as new basketball coach
» New Cal coach Cuonzo Martin praised by mentor Gene Keady, others
» Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike is WNBA's top overall draft pick

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Colorado Classics: Darian Hagan, former CU Buffs quarterback
» CU Buffs backup QB Jordan Gehrke impresses during spring drills
» Fleet freshman receivers shine in CU Buffs' spring game
» Spring games are important, Colorado's Mike MacIntyre says

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Canzano: Oregon Ducks coach Mark Helfrich says there is no user's manual to being a head coach
» Video: Oregon left tackle Tyler Johnstone, coach Mark Helfrich on unlimited meals for athletes
» Pepperdine announces transfer of former Oregon basketball freshman A.J. Lapray
» Chase Jeter, an elite 2015 big man recruit, lists Oregon basketball among his finalists

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: De Carolis statement on men's basketball
» Oregon State's tournament success caps a remarkably quick turnaround
» OSU gymnastics: Beavers headed to Penn State for NCAA regionals
» OSU wins seventh straight racquetball national title

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Local digest: Saint Mary's men's golf leads at WCC tournament
» Stanford's Chiney Ogwumike is WNBA's top overall draft pick
» Stanford's defense shows its dominance in spring game
» Cal Bears sweep Stanford in 120th Big Meet

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)
» Huskies' season opener at Hawaii to air on CBS Sports Network
» UW spring depth chart: Offense
» Live chat today at 1:30 p.m. to preview the Huskies' spring game
» Washington's softball stars of today still learning from the program's previous hero

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» One loss that seems like more
» Thursday morning Pac-12 links
» Five Questions with Xavier Cooper
» Live WSU Chat



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