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All eyes will be on the Rose Bowl and   Marcus Mariota.
DEAN RUTZ / The Seattle Times
Friday, December 19
2014-15 college bowl preview: Plenty to see here | Bud Withers

Here you are, chronically behind in holiday shopping, and you’ve got the first five of 38 college bowl games to watch Saturday. And yes, there will be a quiz. Our preview.

Friday, December 19

Finding an opponent for Gonzaga’s Battle in Seattle becomes a taller task | Bud Withers

Scheduling is the Rubik’s Cube of college programs, exemplified by the pairing at Gonzaga’s showcase event of the nation’s No. 8-ranked team and one that a year ago lost 20 games.

Wednesday, December 17

Chemistry and fresh talent again have Zags soaring | Bud Withers

Gonzaga is eighth-ranked heading into Saturday night’s Battle in Seattle game against Cal Poly.

Sunday, December 7

Ohio State elevates past Baylor, TCU, leaves Big 12 fuming | Bud Withers

Ohio State edged TCU and Baylor for the No. 4 spot in the college football playoff for a matchup with top-seeded Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. No. 2 Oregon faces No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl in the other semifinal.

Friday, December 5

Gonzaga faces Arizona in showdown of top-10 powers | Bud Withers

The Zags get another chance against Arizona on Saturday in Tucson in the game of the day in college hoops.

Thursday, December 4

Why Mike Riley jumped to Nebraska and why they’ll like him in Lincoln | Bud Withers

Longtime Oregon State coach Mike Riley’s stunning hire by Nebraska has familiar roots if you follow college football. Here’s why this move just might work.

Wednesday, December 3

Arizona, Oregon offenses fall from same family tree | Bud Withers

Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez helped develop the zone-read option 25 years ago at Glenville (W. Va.) State College and will now face Oregon and its spread-option offense Friday with the Pac-12 championship on the line.

Sunday, November 30

Pac-12 in Perspective: Chris Petersen goes one up on Mike Leach | Bud Withers

The Apple Cup and Civil War lack suspense, UCLA may want to rethink its place in L.A. and RichRod has Arizona rolling.

WSU’s season ends with a whimper in Apple Cup | Bud Withers

For the 107th Apple Cup, Washington State trotted out as many talismans as it could find: Steve Gleason, the heroic former Cougar afflicted with ALS; Mike Price, who coached the team to two Rose Bowls; even a 19-degree night, the sort mythology holds will inevitably trip up UW.

Friday, November 28

Mike Leach’s Cougars may not be that far away, but he needs to start winning | Bud Withers

Washington State has lost several games it should have won, so this young team’s 3-8 record may not reflect where the program is really at in its third year under Mike Leach.

Tuesday, November 25

Good times: It’s a shame Pac-12 football season is ending so soon | Bud Withers

The Pac-12 football season was a tough one to predict, on and off the field.