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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)
» Photos: UA sports Throwback Thursday Chase Budinger
» UA fall sports carry big expectations into 2014
» UA announces 2014 sports Hall of Fame class
» UA football: Notes and quotes from Wednesday's practice

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Former Oregon Ducks running back Jonathan Stewart scores twice for Carolina Panthers against Kansas City
» Oregon's Devon Allen -- who wants to set a collegiate hurdles record -- tackles football with high expectations, too
» Mark Helfrich on the last scrimmage of fall camp: 'I liked our energy a lot better today' (video)
» Marcus Mariota says winning a championship is the 'No. 1. goal'

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 football: Defensive coordinator learns from 49ers counterpart
» Stanford 11th in AP's top 25 preseason football poll; Florida State No. 1
» AP Top 25 Preseason Poll
» Stanford football: Tailbacks Kelsey Young, Remound Wright miss scrimmage

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)
» Freshmen will play key roles for Huskies
» Freshmen Brayden Lenius, Dante Pettis expected to contribute for UW's receiving corps
» Video: UW offensive lineman James Atoe
» Huskies morning links: UW offering a new cheap ticket option (with beer!)

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Chiefs' camp loaded with plot lines
» Sanders honored by AFL
» Gabe Marks could redshirt
» Ewu sports chat Aug. 21 (noon)



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