Pac-12: Texas Tech

Final Pac-12 2012 power rankings

January, 8, 2013
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These are the final 2012 power rankings.

If you don't like where you finished in the power rankings, you should have played better.

See the pre-bowl-season power rankings here.

1. Stanford: Oregon received a higher final national ranking, and you could make a decent challenge in favor of the Ducks. They didn't get upset by Washington, didn't play a lot of close games and beat a top-five team in the Fiesta Bowl. But, on Nov. 17, the Cardinal went to Eugene and took care of business. Stanford is the Pac-12 champion, and Oregon is not. Ergo, Stanford sits atop the power rankings. And 2013 looks pretty darn good, too.

2. Oregon: The cherry on the top of another special season for Oregon is the return of coach Chip Kelly. And we're of the mind that, if not for the slip against Stanford, Oregon would be sitting atop college football this morning after a fine evening of frolic in South Florida. The Ducks and Stanford will be national title contenders again in 2013. And guess which two teams are going to top the first 2013 power rankings?

3. Oregon State: The loss to Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl was baffling. The Beavers were a superior team that seemed to be looking for ways to lose in the fourth quarter. The quarterback carousel needs to be resolved. But the Beavers still won nine games, and their 6-3 conference record overcomes UCLA because of a head-to-head win on the road. Nice bounce back after consecutive losing seasons.

4. UCLA: Yes, the Bruins flopped in the Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl against Baylor, but it's impossible not to see Year 1 under Jim Mora as a success, made even more notable by USC's flop. Like last season, the Bruins won the South Division, but this time they earned it.

5. Arizona State: The Sun Devils won their final three games for the first time since 1978. That's how you go into an offseason with optimism. We hear a lot about "culture change" from programs with new coaches. The Sun Devils' culture change under Todd Graham was made manifest by what happened on the field.

6. Arizona: The Wildcats did better than expected in Year 1 under Rich Rodriguez, and the season would have been a complete success if not for what happened against that team from up north. That loss hurts, but quality wins over Oklahoma State, USC and Washington, as well as an overtime game with Stanford, show this team competed better than in recent years.

7. Washington: The Huskies finishing 7-6 against a brutal schedule probably was close to preseason expectations. But the two-game losing streak to end the season, which included a dreadful meltdown in the Apple Cup to Washington State, quashed the momentum a four-game winning steak from Oct. 27 to Nov. 17 had built. Perhaps that will make the Huskies hungrier in 2013, when they have a nice array of talent returning.

8. USC: The Trojans' season was a complete disaster. USC started out at No. 1 but turned in a white flag performance while losing a sixth game in the Hyundai Sun Bowl to a middling Georgia Tech team. The Trojans were eclipsed by rivals UCLA and Notre Dame while wasting the much-ballyhooed return of QB Matt Barkley. Coach Lane Kiffin will be sitting on one of the nation's hottest seats in 2013. We've been over this a few times.

9. Utah: The Utes' move up in class from the Mountain West Conference is proving tougher than some imagined. Utah missed out on playing in a bowl game for the first time since 2002, and there were issues on both sides of the ball. The Utes need an upgrade in talent and overall depth, sure, but consistent quarterback play would be a good place to start. Therein lies hope with promising freshman Travis Wilson.

10. California: A dreadful 3-9 finish ended Jeff Tedford's tenure in Berkeley after 11 seasons. In early October, after consecutive wins over UCLA and Washington State, it seemed as though the Bears might be poised for a rally. Alas, they lost their final five games, including a horrid performance in a 62-14 drubbing at Oregon State. Sonny Dykes has enough returning talent to produce significant improvement in the fall.

11. Washington State: New coach Mike Leach's season was bad on the field and off, but it ended on a notable uptick with an Apple Cup win over Washington that included a comeback from an 18-point fourth-quarter deficit. Still, 3-9 took a bite out of the enthusiasm Leach's hiring initially generated.

12. Colorado: A horrid 1-11 finish that was capped by a controversial firing of Jon Embree after just two seasons. The Buffaloes are probably the worst AQ conference team over the past two seasons, and that is the considerable mess new coach Mike MacIntyre was hired to clean up. Of course, MacIntyre put together an impressive turnaround at San Jose State, so he looks like a good choice to bring the Buffs back to respectability.

Arizona loses another assistant

January, 3, 2011
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Bill Bedenbaugh, Arizona's co-offensive coordinator and line coach, is leaving the Wildcats for West Virginia, meaning Mike Stoops now has two staff vacancies to fill.

Stoops also must replace defensive coordinator and secondary coach Greg Brown. He already hired Joe Salave'a to replace defensive tackles coach Mike Tuiasosopo. Both Brown and Tuiasosopo left for Colorado.

All three assistants who left the Wildcats had close relationships to the new head coaches at their next destinations. The Arizona Star reported this on Bedenbaugh's move:
Bedenbaugh and WVU head-coach-in-waiting Dana Holgorsen were college teammates at Iowa Wesleyan and coaching colleagues at Texas Tech. Holgorsen will serve as the Mountaineers' offensive coordinator this fall, then take over head coaching duties from Bill Stewart in 2012. Bedenbaugh is expected to start his WVU career as offensive line coach, with a promotion possible after the first year.

The Star further reported: "Former BYU offensive coordinator Robert Anae is atop coach Mike Stoops' wish list."

When you consider that we are in the final month of recruiting, you'd expect Stoops to be pretty darn busy over the coming weeks.

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.

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