The Pac-12 has seen a flurry of defensive coordinator movement over the last couple of weeks -- starting with the power struggle for former Washington defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox to the recent exoduses of Stanford's Derek Mason to Vanderbilt as head coach and UCLA's Lou Spanos to the Tennessee Titans as linebackers coach.
LOS ANGELES -- Two years a monopoly does not make. But let's just say UCLA is off of lowly Baltic Avenue and working its way toward Mora, err, Marvin Gardens. We of course pay playful homage to the disastrous UCLA marketing campaign of a half-decade ago declaring that USC's monopoly on Los Angeles football was over.
A few storylines to keep an eye on this week in the Pac-12: North race: Oregon's road is clear. If they win out, they will be the North Division champs. If they lose either of their final two games, both against conference opponents, Stanford will win the North by virtue of its tiebreaker.
The Pac-12 has announced its players of the week. Utah quarterback Travis Wilson got the offensive honors, Oregon State cornerback Steven Nelson was named defensive player of the week and USC punter Kris Albarado got the special teams honors.