Pac-12 links: Will there be a 2016 bowl game in Australia?

» College football teams will play in 42 bowl games to close out the 2015 season. If Australian officials have their way, the 43rd will be in Melbourne in 2016, hosting squads from the Pac-12 and Mountain West.

» Washington lost explosive receiver John Ross III to yet another injury, one that will sideline him for the entire 2015 season.

» Salt Lake Tribune columnist Kurt Kragthorpe, the son of a former college coach, muses on whether or not salaries are nearing a tipping point.

» Johnny Dawkins and Sean Miller aren’t concerned that the NCAA shot clock might be cut down to 30 seconds.

» Arizona’s Greg Byrne has wanted to become an athletic director since he was in the fourth grade, which is a really weird dream to have for a 9-year-old.

» After 10 months, Cal finally made interim athletic director Michael Williams the permanent hire on Thursday. The Bay Area News Group’s Jon Wilner recently wondered why the search dragged on, and weighed in on Williams’ qualifications.

» Arizona State is close to finalizing a game against Kentucky in Lexington this coming season, one that will be followed by a neutral-site meeting in 2016-17.

» The hole left by Marcus Mariota isn’t the only one Oregon has to fill. The Ducks’ offense also needs to figure out life without All-American center Hroniss Grasu.

» Don Pellum and Gary Campbell might be the best dressed coaching duo in college football.