Pac-10 lunch links: USC's Barkley wants new beginning

You'll never fit in! Now you come to elf practice, learn how to wiggle your ears, chuckle warmly, go hee-hee and ho-ho, and important stuff like that. A dentist! Good grief!

  • The Holiday Bowl between Arizona and Nebraska may be the same financial success of the 1998 version -- now will it match it on the field?

  • More on California running back Jahvid Best not playing in the San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl.

  • Does it mean anything that Oregon beat the two teams that beat Ohio State? Some Ducks get into some trouble.

  • It's been a long, strange trip for Oregon State quarterback Sean Canfield.

  • He took a break -- hmm, wonder why? -- but Stanford coach Jim Harbaugh is back on his Twitter page.

  • UCLA quarterback Kevin Prince is testing his injured shoulder, and linebacker Reggie Carter is academically eligible after a brief scare.

  • USC's former linebackers are thriving in the NFL. Is the Emerald Bowl a new beginning for Matt Barkley? Josh Pinkard is due for some good luck.

  • Jake Locker's father talks about his son's decision to return for his senior season.

  • Some help is arriving at Washington State.

  • Some not-so-obvious awards in the Pac-10.