Pac-12: Ohio State Buckyes

Video: Teams set to jump to elite level

March, 15, 2013
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Michele Steele and Ivan Maisel go over a trio of teams ready to make the jump to Alabama's heights.

Podcast: Woj, Cook on recruiting scandals

July, 6, 2011
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Ivan Maisel talks about team-building with Auburn coach Gene Chizik. Gene Wojciechowski and Beano Cook lament where the game has gone in light of more recruiting scandals.

Pac-10 rewind and look ahead

October, 25, 2010
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A look back on the week that was.

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Chris Morrison/US PresswireMatt Scott performed well, completing 18-of-22 with two touchdowns, while filling in for an injured Nick Foles.
Team of the week: When starting quarterback Nick Foles went down with a knee injury, Arizona had reason for concern. How would backup Matt Scott handle a second tour as a starter? Very well, in fact. Scott completed 18-of-22 for 233 yards and two touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for 65 yards in the Wildcats 44-14 win. But don't forget a defense that held the Huskies to 290 total yards.

Best game: There were no exciting games this past weekend, but Oregon's 60-13 stomping of UCLA on Thursday night certainly sent out a message to the country that the Ducks are a legitimate national title contender.

Biggest play: Arizona only led Washington 17-14 midway through the second quarter when Wildcats running back Keola Antolin exploded for a 78-yard touchdown run. The play seemed to break the Huskies' back.

Offensive standout: Oregon QB Darron Thomas completed 22-of-31 passes for 308 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions and rushed for 48 yards on five carries. And he had no negative yardage.

Defensive standout: Arizona linebacker Paul Vassallo had 14 tackles -- nine solo -- and a sack in the Wildcats blowout win over Washington.

Special teams standout: California safety Chris Conte blocked an Arizona State punt and returned it 17 yards for a touchdown.

Smiley face: Oregon and Arizona both made strong statements with complete performances in all three phases.

Frowny face: Arizona State played its worst game of the season at California and now its bowl hopes are dimming. The same for Washington, which continued its pattern of playing great one weekend, bad the next.

Thought of the week: While most of the national attention will be on Oregon's visit to USC, California's trip to Oregon State is also interesting. Will the Beavers, who have only one Pac-10 loss, be a factor in the conference race, even without James Rodgers? Can Cal win a game on the road? The winner will climb the pecking order in the conference.

Question of the week: Can Oregon do what Alabama, Ohio State and Oklahoma could not -- hold onto the No. 1 ranking in the major polls while playing a ranked foe on the road?

Video: Rose Bowl notebook

December, 31, 2009
12/31/09
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ESPN's Adam Rittenberg and Ivan Maisel discuss Ohio State and Oregon on the eve of the game.

Pac-10 lunch links: Utah vs. USC in Rose Bowl? Could happen.

July, 28, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller 

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