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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)
» 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)
» Confident Mike Bercovici takes over as ASU's starting QB
» Boivin: Move a good sign for ASU athletics
» ASU QB Kelly expected to miss 1-2 games
» Is ambiguity over injury disservice to fans?

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

Colorado (Denver Post)
» 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
» Colorado holds heads high after 38-24 loss to No. 16 Arizona State

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 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)
» WSU men's basketball schedule revealed
» Video: Cyrus Coen, Dom Williams and Toni Pole
» Video: Mike Leach during Monday press conference
» Cougars must make the most of every opportunity



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