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Tuesday, September 30
How can Pac-12 spell success: beating Notre Dame | Bud Withers

Only about two-thirds of the regular season remains, and Notre Dame (4-0) still has three games against Pac-12 teams, giving the league a lot of room to compose a rèsumè for the selection committee.

Monday, September 29

Cougars confident the whole night they could rally for their 28-27 victory over Utah | Bud Withers

Despite falling behind 21-0, Cougars win after overcoming their own adversity

Sunday, September 28

Pac-12 in perspective: Oregon State still can’t win at USC | Bud Withers

USC defense stuffs Mannion; Washington fakery is a bust; WSU upset puts Utes’ coach back on the griddle and more observations from Pac-12 play this weekend.

Tuesday, September 23

How the Pac-12 compares with other conferences in football | Bud Withers

In a football season in which top-ranked Florida State has been a mystery and Alabama triumphant but not dominant, it figures the Pac-12 would also be — at least at the high end — a little less than advertised in the early stages.

Sunday, September 21

Close as WSU came against Oregon, Mike Leach knows it’s not good enough | Bud Withers

Oregon escaped with a 38-31 win over WSU. Considering where these two programs have just come from, this was consummate moral-victory stuff, but that was clearly a path coach Mike Leach wasn’t going down. No matter how enjoyable it might have been for fans, it was a stinging loss.

Pac-12 conference play starts with controversy, excitement | Bud Withers

In a mere four Pac-12 league games in 2014, there has been controversy and some exciting finishes.

Friday, September 19

Former Oregon assistant Nick Aliotti and WSU coach Mike Leach make up | Bud Withers

Nick Aliotti, the defensive coordinator at Oregon last year, ripped Mike Leach when the WSU coach left Connor Halliday in to throw 89 passes in a loss to the Ducks. This summer, Aliotti and Leach patched things up in an LA bar.

Tuesday, September 16

Backup quarterbacks could play key roles in Pac-12 | Bud Withers

Star quarterbacks at UCLA and Arizona State have gone down with injuries, putting the pressure on backups. The Bruins and Sun Devils both say they have players capable of taking over.

Sunday, September 14

Young QB Jerry stars in sequel of an improbable Neuheisel story at UCLA | Bud Withers

The Neuheisels are still writing improbable scripts as UCLA quarterbacks. Backup Jerry Neuheisel, Rick’s son, came off the bench to help UCLA beat Texas on Saturday.

Saturday, September 13

Washington State gets some needed relief, beats Portland State | Bud Withers

The Cougars began a major reclamation project with a 59-21 victory over the Vikings, breaking a four-game losing streak

Tuesday, September 9

In Los Angeles, USC remains the center of attention | Bud Withers

UCLA was the popular preseason pick to win the Pac-12 South, but the Trojans have stolen the headlines — for good and bad reasons — so far this season.