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Pac-12: Disappointing December for Arizona State

Thanks to Arizona State's 37-23 loss to Texas Tech in the Holiday Bowl, Washington State is off the hook and the narrative of the Pac-12's bowl domination has changed.

It also means that I have to stop picking the Pac-12 team to win every game.

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WSU's collapse against Colorado State is no longer the conference's most disappointing performance of December. And ASU's parlay of a Pac-12 championship game loss to Stanford and its lackluster showing in the Holiday Bowl certainly spoiled the Sun Devils' 10-2 regular season. Oregon, conversely, righted itself and properly sent defensive coordinator Nick Aliotti into retirement with a 30-7 win over Texas in the Alamo Bowl.

So the league is 4-2 in bowl games with three contests remaining, including two Tuesday. On to the picks:

Arizona vs. Boston College, AdvoCare 100 Bowl, 10:30 a.m., ESPN

As of one of the Pac-12's nine eligible teams, the Wildcats found a home in the former Independence Bowl in Shreveport, La.

This is an intriguing matchup between running backs Ka'Deem Carey of Arizona and Andre Williams of BC. Watch for them to rush for a combined 300 yards.

The Wildcats needed a miraculous rally to beat Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl last December, so I'm making them my rare example of picking against the Pac-12. Boston College 28, Arizona 24.

UCLA vs. Virginia Tech, Sun Bowl, noon, CBS

Here comes another Sun Bowl and and another reminder that Utah has not played in a bowl since beating Georgia Tech two years ago in El Paso, Texas.

UCLA is trying for a 10-win season and should perform better than in last year's Holiday Bowl. Call that reverse logic, based on the anti-Arizona pick, but I like the Bruins' chances of shutting down Virginia Tech's offense. UCLA 28, Virginia Tech 21.

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PAC-12 Links
Links from around the Pac-12
Arizona (Tucson Citizen)
» Hansen slideshow: 10 Tucson records that can't be topped
» UA sports Throwback Thursday: Lowell-Stevens Football opens
» Wildcats earn academic honors
» Photos: UA's smartest athletes 2013-14

Arizona St. (Arizona Republic)
» Everything to know as ASU starts practice
» ASU No. 18 in preseason Amway Coaches Poll
» Ranking QBs in Coaches Poll: Where's Kelly?
» College football: Preseason Amway Coaches Poll

California (East Bay Tribune)
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Cal football's four most pressing issues
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential

Colorado (Denver Post)
» Buffaloes searching for Annie Brunner's successor at goalkeeper position
» CU Buffs have realistic expectations ahead of 2014-15 football season
» Former CU Buff Chris Copeland enjoys NBA after years of overseas play
» Pac-12 living up to tradition as tops in quarterbacks

Oregon (The Oregonian)
» Former Oregon Duck Tommy Thorpe can't quite leave Oregon as his professional career begins
» Oregon Ducks scratch-and-sniff tickets, Will Barton gets contract guarantee: Oregonian Sports Top 5 at 5
» Oregon Ducks, Oregon State Beavers athletes bond with cancer survivors on special fishing trip
» Pundits pick apart value of preseason polls: Pac-12 roundup

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)
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Local sports digest: Stanford 11th in preseason football poll
» Stanford needs to find replacement for RB Tyler Gaffney
» Wilner: 49ers, Levi's Stadium pursue college football's potential

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 ranked No. 25 in preseason coaches poll
» Huskies fall camp position preview: Linebackers
» Morning links: More love for Huskies' Shaq Thompson
» Morning links: Pauley Pavilion flooded

Washington State (Spokane Spokesman-Review)
» Indians use second half to try new looks
» UPDATE: Drew Loftus arrested for assault
» Steve Gleason will be inducted into the WSU Hall of Fame
» No. 1 Eastern opens fall camp



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