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Pac-12 viewer's guide: Week 9

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Friday, 7 p.m.

Oregon at California, Fox Sports 1

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Jaime Valdez/USA TODAY SportsMarcus Mariota and Oregon figure to be in a shootout against California.
This is a matchup between the two Pac-12 leaders in scoring offense: The Ducks average 43.6 points per game, and the Bears are at 41.6. The difference on paper -- and likely on the field, too -- comes on defense. Cal sports the conference's second-worst unit (38.4 points per game), and the Ducks have upped their defensive play to reach fourth in the conference rankings (23.6 points per game). This will be the first college football game at Levi's Stadium and comes on a massive sports night in the San Francisco Bay Area: Game 3 of the World Series will be happening there, too.

Saturday, 11 a.m.

UCLA at Colorado, Pac-12 Network

It's turned into another long season for the Buffs, and the journey certainly doesn't become any easier with UCLA's explosive bunch coming to town. Turnovers, though, have been a major issue for the Bruins this season. Cal scored 21 points off UCLA miscues to keep the game close last week, and that might well be Colorado's formula to have a puncher's chance at Folsom Field. For Brett Hundley's squad, this should be a chance for a tuneup before a challenging finishing stretch: vs. Arizona, at Washington, vs. USC, vs. Stanford.

12:30 p.m.

Oregon State at Stanford, ESPN2

The Beavers will certainly be sniffing upset in Palo Alto. Stanford is a very vulnerable team right now: The offense is faltering, and that supersonic defense has taken two gut punches with injuries to linemen David Parry and Aziz Shittu. That being said, the Cardinal have been excellent when faced with adversity in the David Shaw era. The fourth-year coach has yet to lose consecutive games in his tenure, and Stanford is desperate to right the ship at home.

3 p.m.

Arizona at Washington State, Pac-12 Network

The Cougars won 24-17 in Tucson last season, but we will likely see more points this Saturday in Pullman when Rich Rodriguez and Mike Leach resume battle. Arizona and Washington State are the Pac-12's two top teams when it comes to total offense. They are averaging a combined 1,091 yards per game. Since both defenses are ranked in the conference's bottom half, expect fireworks and an intriguing duel between senior Connor Halliday (who is on an NCAA record-smashing pace) and freshman Anu Solomon.

7 p.m.

USC at Utah, Fox Sports 1

This Utah squad reminds our Kevin Gemmell of the 2012 Stanford squad that won the Pac-12 championship, and I agree with him: The Utes don't ask for much out of their quarterback (62 pass yards last week), they run the ball with vigor (229 yards from Devontae Booker last week) and they set up frequent shop in opposing backfields (nation-leading 5.5 sacks per game). Both teams have also established a hashtag for their pass rush: 2012 Stanford had #PartyInTheBackfield, and 2014 Utah has coined #SackLakeCity. So USC is tasked with beating this rugged Ute team in a raucous road environment. This game is a significant step in figuring out the convoluted Pac-12 South puzzle.

7:45 p.m.

Arizona State at Washington, ESPN

There is a 70 percent chance of rain in Seattle. They call that "Dawg Weather" in the Pacific Northwest, and Washington hopes that will aid in its quest to win the turnover battle -- the Huskies are ranked second nationally in turnover margin even after last week's substandard performance at Oregon. Taylor Kelly returns to the quarterback role for Arizona State, but Todd Graham expects Mike Bercovici will also get snaps. Washington's offense has sputtered this season (league-worst 5.0 yards per play), and it will be interesting to see who gets the upper hand in its matchup with the Sun Devils' unremarkable defense.

ASU lands linebacker from Florida

December, 10, 2010
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Arizona State recruiting has reached into Florida and snagged a linebacker.

Gionni Paul, a three-star outside linebacker from Lakeland, Fla., has committed to the Sun Devils, multiple sources report.

Paul, 6-foot, 225-pounds, also had offers from Louisville, LSU, Tennessee, Auburn, Michigan, Rutgers, South Florida, Texas Tech, Cincinnati, West Virginia and Central Florida.

According to ESPN Recruiting, Paul was a standout at the Orlando Nike combine prior to his senior year, posting an electronically-timed 4.48 40-yard dash, 4.47 20-yard shuttle and 38.9-inch vertical.

Paul is the Sun Devils' 10th commitment for a class that figures to be small because the 2010 team featured only 13 seniors. Another Lakeland prospect, three-star offensive guard Devin Goodman, has also picked Arizona State.

Pac-10 Heisman update: Week 4

September, 21, 2010
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Our list has changed, but here's a look at what the Pac-10's top Heisman Trophy candidates did over the weekend.

Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford: Luck is the nation's No. 3 rated passer. He completed 17 of 23 throws for 207 yards with four TDs in the blowout win over Wake Forest. Oh, he also rushed for a 52-yard TD. For the year, he's thrown 10 TD passes and has yet to be intercepted. Trending: Up.

LaMichael James, RB, Oregon: James rushed for 227 yards and two TDs vs. Portland State. For the year, he's rushed 30 times for 361 yards and three TDs. According to this calculator, that means he averages 12 yards per carry. Gulp. Trending: Up.

Nick Foles, QB, Arizona: Foles not only completed 28-of-39 for 303 yards with two TDs and an interception in the Wildcats win over No. 9 Iowa, he also led a clutch, game-winning drive. He leads the Pac-10 with 292 yards passing per game. Trending: Up.

Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State: He rushed for 132 yards on 24 carries with two TDs in a 35-28 win over Louisville. He also caught five passes for 22 yards. Trending: Neutral.

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