Pac-12 links: Should USC hire Ed Orgeron?

— After an upset of Stanford, many USC players called for the school to retain Ed Orgeron as head coach. NBC Sports’ Chris Huston, also known as the Heisman Pundit, argues against removing the “interim” tag.

— Utah quarterback Travis Wilson’s career might be over after a post-concussion exam revealed a pre-existing neurological condition.

— Washington State has extended Mike Leach through the 2018 season.

— Arizona State’s secondary has a club called the, uh, “Bird Gang.” Members must abide by three rules.

— His teammates are sticking up for him, but Oregon State quarterback Sean Mannion is reverting to old habits. After throwing three interceptions in his first eight games, the junior has been picked off seven times in his last two.

— Beavers coach Mike Riley: “We looked like a junior high team sometimes.”

— Washington won’t allow quarterback Keith Price until Thursday following a shoulder injury against UCLA. The senior starter has not been ruled out of playing at Oregon State.

— Not only is Arizona bad at converting third downs, it’s getting worse.

— Stanford will enter the Big Game as a 31.5-point favorite, the largest projected margin in rivalry history.

— The Pac-12’s worst football program also has appears to have some, err, questionable admissions standards. Where should the school’s athletics go from here?

— Transfer guard Joseph Young has helped Oregon to a league-leading 45.5 free throw attempts per game.

— Oregon State has looked awful to start the season, but senior guard Roberto Nelson is making a strong case for All-Pac-12 first team honors. He dropped 31-3-7 on Maryland in front of the Obamas on Sunday night.

On a tangential note, Nelson also owned a different surface at Pac-12 Media Day.

— Important read: Should your child play football?