College football Week 4 highlights

There are Saturdays when the true playoff contenders emerge with such ferocity and dominance they cannot be ignored. There are Saturdays when the whole system feels rigged, and upsets knock one team after another from the ranks of the elite. And then there are Saturdays like Week 4, where the goal is simply survival. In … Read more

Bettors flock to Oregon State after sportsbook’s initial line favors USC by nearly two touchdowns

An outlier opening line on USC-Oregon State prompted a flood of bets on the underdog Beavers this week and left one sportsbook with more money at stake on the Pac-12 tilt than any of the week’s NFL games. Caesars Sportsbook on Sunday opened USC as a 13.5-point favorite over Oregon State. Minutes later, oddsmakers at … Read more

Mandel’s Final Thoughts: Leipold brings Kansas to life, how high is the Jayhawks’ ceiling?

And now, 20 Final Thoughts from Week 3, which began Friday evening and, thanks to the weather in Iowa, threatened to bleed into the early NFL games on Sunday. 1. No doubt this column will be full of thoughts later this season about Georgia, Alabama, Ohio State and their blueblood friends. This week, however, I … Read more

Pac-12 commissioner on USC, UCLA: ‘I think they are already regretting’ exit

LOS ANGELES — It’s been about a month since the news that USC and UCLA are bolting for the Big Ten, and the disappointment and anger toward the two LA schools from inside the Pac-12 haven’t eased up much — if at all. “It’s clear that UCLA and USC made a decision for short-term financial … Read more

Commissioner George Kliavkoff — Pac-12 steady despite USC, UCLA departures

LOS ANGELES — After weeks of speculation about the future of the Pac-12 in the wake of decisions from USC and UCLA to leave for the Big Ten, conference commissioner George Kliavkoff hit back at the assertion the league is on unstable ground. “We are bullish about the Pac-12’s future and our opportunities for long-term … Read more

Staples: Oregon, Washington should want Big Ten, but might decide fate of Big 12, Pac-12

The move heard ’round the college football world last week inspired more than 200 questions for this week’s Dear Andy mailbag. But in trying to answer two in particular, I had a thought that I’d be fascinated to see put into action. With USC and UCLA gone from the Pac-12 and headed to the Big … Read more

What’s going on with Big 12, Pac-12 realignment rumors? We answer your questions

The reverberations from USC and UCLA exiting the Pac-12 for the Big Ten continues. The Big 12 intends to position itself to scoop up the most desirable remaining Pac-12 members, turning the tables on how things stood a year ago. The Pac-12 will enact its own plan, but, perhaps most importantly, can it hold on … Read more

Pac-12 expansion candidates: Where should the conference look first without USC and UCLA?

The Pac-12 originally thing to be patient with expansion. It figured it could wait and find the perfect fit or hold steady. In the wake of USC and UCLA’s departure to the Big Ten, the conference has lost that luxury. The Pac-12 Board of Directors met Friday morning and authorized the conference to explore expansion. … Read more

College baseball NCAA Regional predictions: Who advances to the College World Series?

Tennessee, which advanced to the College World Series for the first time in the Tony Vitello era in 2021, is the overwhelming favorite to win the national title this year. The Volunteers begin their title quest Friday with the start of the regional play. The winners of the 16 regionals will move on to the … Read more

Tommy Beres’ walk-off HR leads UCLA to wild 25-22 win

Scottsdale, Ariz. — Tommy Beres hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the 10th inning to give third-seeded UCLA a wild 25-22 victory over second-seeded Oregon State on Saturday in the Pac-12 Tournament. The 47 combined runs in are the most in a Division I game this season (out of more than 8,000 … Read more