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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)
» Wildcats gear up for Cal
» UA football: Former SDSU QB commits to Arizona
» Hansen's Sunday Notebook: Pueblo turns to ex-UA standouts for coaching help
» UA football: My AP Top 25 ballot

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» ASU, UA open Pac-12 play vs. each other Jan. 4
» Anderson, Graham donate to stadium project
» Boivin: Move a good sign for ASU athletics
» Is ambiguity over injury disservice to fans?

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Oakland Soldiers set tone for college basketball recruiting in Bay Area
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Cal-Colorado game set for 1 p.m. kickoff
» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Speedy freshman Donovan Lee gives CU Buffs another playmaker
» Colorado coached to avoid coin-toss glitches, MacIntyre says
» Colorado's MacIntyre gratified Buffs practiced hard Monday
» CU Buffs tackle Jeromy Irwin might play vs. Hawaii after concussion

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Oregon Ducks open up Autzen Stadium doors for Fan Fest: Photo gallery
» Oregon Ducks release 2014-2015 men's basketball schedule
» Walter Thurmond, New York Giants CB, out for season with torn pectoral muscle
» Marcus Mariota takes a golf break, then starts preparing for Washington State Cougars (video)

Oregon State (Corvallis Gazette-Times)
» OSU men's basketball: Tinkle says positive steps being made
» Spencer to become new AD at Evansville
» BeaversSalute program gives tickets to military personnel and veterans
» Beavers promote McCoy to assistant athletic director for equipment operations

Stanford (San Jose Mercury-News)
» Cal, Stanford Pac-12 men's basketball schedules announced
» Local sports digest: Stanford's Maverick McNealy ties for medalist honors
» Local sports digest: Stanford sweeps Santa Clara
» Stanford sweeps Santa Clara

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)
» Marcus Peters back with Huskies after sitting out one game
» Washington men's basketball begins Pac-12 play at California
» Video: UW's Chris Petersen on Marcus Peters, Cyler Miles, Georgia State and more
» UW quarterback Cyler Miles was 'honored' to be named team captain against Illinois

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Chiefs' division loaded again
» WSU men's basketball schedule revealed
» Video: Cyrus Coen, Dom Williams and Toni Pole
» Video: Mike Leach during Monday press conference



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