Pac-12 links: Should Utah … thank the BCS?

— The BCS is dead, but it might have ended up helping Utah on its undefeated run in 2008.

— UCLA is the 22nd-most valuable team in college football, according to an assistant professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus. Estimated to be worth $246 million, the Bruins sit one spot behind BCS champion Florida State.

— Who will replace De’Anthony Thomas?

— An assistant coach on the Arizona women’s basketball team is being accused of sexual harassment, including sending a lewd picture to a player’s mother. The allegation is based on his time at Paris Junior College.

— Arizona athletic director Greg Byrne quashed rumors connecting Rich Rodriguez to Lousville’s football coaching vacancy.

— Arizona State is still searching for an athletic director to replace Steve Patterson.

— No. 15 Colorado has its highest AP poll ranking since 1997, when Chauncey Billups led the Buffs into March Madness.

— Chris Petersen completed his Washington staff by retaining graduate assistant Jordan Paopao as his tight ends coach. The 27-year-old is the son of former UCLA running back Tony Paopao.

— In describing his recruiting pitch, Washington State coach Mike Leach dropped this line: “It’s an anthill of students and that’s something that everybody wants to be a part of.”

— Oregon State might switch out its starting point guard.

— A list of all of the Pac-12’s early draft entries.

— Cal guard Tyrone Wallace is shooting 46.7 percent as a sophomore, up from 34.2 a year ago.

— Ike’s Place might be leaving the Stanford campus, which means June 30 could be a day of mourning for over 15,000 students. (Also, the Ike’s opening on Westwood and Lindbrook will not be authentic.)

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  • ESPN’s preseason rankings:

    7. UCLA Bruins
    UCLA’s administration finally decided it wanted to get serious about supporting its football program, and coach Jim Mora already has provided some nice returns, winning 19 games in his first two seasons with the Bruins. Quarterback Brett Hundley announced he is returning for his junior season, and the Bruins might be poised to play in their first Rose Bowl since 1998 — or even a spot in the four-team playoff. UCLA might bring back eight starters on offense; junior tackle Xavier Su’a-Filo announced he’s entering the NFL draft. UCLA still expects to bring back four starting offensive linemen, which is always a good recipe for success. Seven starters might be back on defense, but the Bruins will have to replace All-American linebacker Anthony Barr and linebacker Jordan Zumwalt. The Bruins will play Texas in Arlington on Sept. 13 and get Oregon, Stanford and USC at home during Pac-12 play.