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. Continue reading

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Pac-12 links: Utah quarterback Travis Wilson struggling

– Once a rising star, Utah’s sophomore quarterback Travis Wilson doesn’t look the same these days.

– A strong column from the Arizona Daily Star’s Greg Hansen, on the Wildcats’ loss to UCLA.

– After a stint at Louisiana-Monroe, Arizona State defensive back Robert Nelson is living the dream in Tempe.

– Does the Pac-12 need an injury report? Seattle Times columnist Bud Withers says yes, citing the status of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota. Continue reading

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At a glance: No. 12 UCLA at Utah

No. 12 UCLA (3-0) at Utah (3-1, 0-1 Pac-12)
Location:
Rice-Eccles Stadium, Oct. 3, 7 p.m. PT
TV: Fox Sports 1 (Justin Kutcher, Petros Papadakis, Joel Klatt, Kristina Pink)
Radio: 570 AM (Chris Roberts, Matt Stevens, Wayne Cook)

Last meeting: UCLA beat Utah, 21-14, at the Rose Bowl in a game that required some key defensive stops.
2012 records: Bruins (9-5, 6-3); Utes (5-7, 3-6)

Key storylines: UCLA has had some rough trips to Salt Lake City. In 2011, the Bruins lost 31-6 on a snow-covered field. In 2007, they were shellacked 44-6 by a Utah squad that ended the season with a Holiday Bowl victory. Continue reading

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Defensive coordinator Lou Spanos talks Utah offense


UCLA defensive coordinator Lou Spanos said this year’s Utah team uses very similar personnel to the 2012 squad that lost 21-14 at the Rose Bowl. One key difference is the maturity of sophomore Travis Wilson, who went from averaging 3.3 rushing yards per game to 62.75 — third-best among conference quarterbacks. Continue reading

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