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  1. Cal will test Arizona's mettle as Pac-12 South contender

    Ted Miller

    On the surface, Arizona's schedule over the first third of the season is notably weak. The Wildcats whipped overmatched UNLV, just as they did last year, outlasted UTSA, another team that prefers to go by its initials, and survived a fourth-quarter c...

    Blog | September 17, 2014
  2. Season wrap: Oregon

    Ted Miller

    Oregon was ranked No. 3 before the season, therefore an obvious national title contender. Oregon was 8-0 and ranked No. 3 in the BCS standings in Week 11, and the general consensus was that if the Ducks won out, their Pac-12-fueled strength-of-schedu...

    Blog | January 15, 2014
  3. Shaw, USC ready to move on with new 'D'

    Ted Miller

    Josh Shaw transferred from Florida to USC in the spring of 2012 thinking he was leaving an SEC power for a national title contender. Didn't exactly work out like that. "I think everyone had big goals -- we all had national championship aspirations...

    Blog | August 08, 2013
  4. Is Pac-12 getting the almost-good drop?

    Ted Miller

    There seems to be national consensus with Oregon and Stanford: One or the other will win the Pac-12 North Division and be a national title contender. One is being rated in the preseason top 3 and the other in the top 5 or top 10. Opinions vary on whi...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  5. Pac-12 weekend rewind: Week 10

    Ted Miller

    Taking stock of Week 10 in the Pac-12. Team of the week: In August, Oregon was supposed to be the supporting actor in the red-letter showdown with USC in the Coliseum. Instead, it's the Ducks who have emerged as the national title contender, and t...

    Blog | November 05, 2012
  6. Pac-12 lunch links: Stanford QB changes

    Ted Miller

    By the pricking of my thumbs, Something wicked this way comes. Open, locks, Whoever knocks! Where's Arizona stand in the bowl picture? Debating whether Arizona State is still a contender in the Pac-12 South Division. California will use ex...

    Blog | October 31, 2012
  7. UCLA provides real test for Arizona State

    Ted Miller

    We were wrong. Oregon wasn't the true test for Arizona State. That was, at best, a long shot. The Ducks are a national title contender. The Sun Devils are not. No, the true test for Arizona State starts Saturday when UCLA visits. It's about taking...

    Blog | October 24, 2012
  8. Oregon, Arizona St. aim to make statement

    Ted Miller

    TEMPE, Ariz. -- Oregon is looking to show the nation it's a legitimate national title contender. Arizona State is looking to show it's legitimate, period. Oregon has owned this series of late, winning the past seven meetings and 11 of the last 14 ...

    Blog | October 18, 2012
  9. Contenders will be keen on Irish-Cardinal

    Ted Miller

    Is Notre Dame for real? (Skip.) Is Notre Dame for real? (Skip.) Is Notre Dame for real? (Skip.) Yes, the college football punditry and peanut gallery can sound like a broken record. The Fighting Irish are 5-0 and ranked seventh, and almost every s...

    Blog | October 12, 2012
  10. Pac-12 power rankings: Week 7

    Ted Miller

    If you don't like where you are in the power rankings, play better. See last week's power rankings here. 1. Oregon: The Ducks rolled over Washington and head into their off week again looking like a national title contender. The visit to Arizon...

    Blog | October 08, 2012
  11. What we learned in the Pac-12: Week 6

    Ted Miller

    What did we learn in Week 6? Read on. Oregon is the clear favorite -- in the Pac-12 and for national title game: At the beginning of the season, USC was the Pac-12 favorite and the conference's clear national title contender. After six games, that...

    Blog | October 07, 2012
  12. Utah, USC licking wounds before meeting

    Ted Miller

    In the preseason, USC's visit to Utah on Thursday, Oct. 4, looked like a big game in the Pac-12's South Division. The Trojans were perceived as national title contenders, and a trip to Rice-Eccles Stadium looked like a potential stumbling block becau...

    Blog | September 26, 2012
  13. Ducks' defense makes it 'a total team'

    Ted Miller

    EUGENE, Ore. -- Oregon has become one of those programs that is evaluated like a binary code -- wons or zeroes. It's either winning every game as a national title contender or it is not. That was the case the previous two seasons, one that ended with...

    Blog | September 23, 2012
  14. Weekend rewind: Pac-12

    Ted Miller

    Taking stock of the 11th week of games in the Pac-12. Team of the week: Oregon took care of business at Stanford with a 53-30 win and has re-emerged as a national title contender. It defeated a top-five team on the road for the first time in schoo...

    Blog | November 14, 2011
  15. Watch out for poor ole Oregon

    Ted Miller

    To paraphrase one of the great lines in cinematic history: Nobody puts Oregon in a corner. Of course, that's going to seem to happen this week. Stanford is the national title contender. Andrew Luck is the Lord of the Dance. The big show is on the ...

    Blog | November 07, 2011
  16. What we learned in the Pac-12: Week 8

    Ted Miller

    What did we learn from Week 8 of Pac-12 action? Stanford is a national title contender: Stanford was ranked eighth in the first BCS standings released last week. That suggested it would need some help to push into the national title picture. On Sa...

    Blog | October 23, 2011