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  • Pac Mentality Week 9: Utah Utes announce themselves as contenders

    Pac Mentality Week 9: Utah Utes announce themselves as contenders

    The Utes are for real. Even those who were impressed by what Kyle Whittingham’s team had done before Saturday (myself included) were a little wary of what was on the horizon. After blowing a big lead at home to Washington State and then beating UCLA and Oregon State to start Pac-12 play, Utah would have […]
  • It's a good time to be a football fan in the Valley right now

    It’s a good time to be a football fan in the Valley right now

    I hate to do it, but I’m going to steal a phrase from San Francisco 49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. “Who’s got it better than us?” If you’re a Valley football fan who roots for the Arizona Cardinals and Arizona State Sun Devils, you can respond to that above question with “nobody.” The Cardinals are […]
  • Pac Mentality Week 8: Home teams bounce back

    Pac Mentality Week 8: Home teams bounce back…for the most part

    Pac-12 road teams were 14-4 in conference games on the season, but home teams actually had the upper hand in Week 8, going 3-2. We saw a double-overtime affair in Corvallis, a thriller with some questionable calls (by coaches and officials) in Berkeley, a show of revenge and two good, old-fashioned butt whippings. What Transpired […]
  • Arizona State Sun Devils' 'mature' win over Stanford the best in the Todd Graham era

    Arizona State Sun Devils’ ‘mature’ win over Stanford the best in the Todd Graham era

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Well, that appeared to be easy. The 17th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils dominated all three phases of the game in beating the 23rd-ranked Stanford Cardinal 26-10 Saturday night. It was easily the most complete effort of the season for the Devils and the best win in the Todd Graham coaching era. “This […]
  • Pac Mentality Week 6: I don't believe what we just saw!

    Pac Mentality Week 6: I don’t believe what we just saw!

    It didn’t take me long to figure out Week 6 was going to be a weird one in the Pac-12 and the rest of college football, for that matter. As I was getting ready to watch the early games, I tuned into watch Gameday on ESPN and witnessed the following, which I documented on Twitter. […]
  • Pac Mentality Week 5: It's not all about the offenses

    Pac Mentality Week 5: It’s not all about the offenses

    Week 5 in the Pac-12 was a strange mixture of explosive offense and smothering defense.
  • Six Points: A lot of bad and a little bit of good in Arizona State Sun Devils' loss to UCLA

    Six Points: A lot of bad and a little bit of good in Arizona State Sun Devils’ loss to UCLA

    TEMPE, Ariz. — Hours before kickoff, somebody scrawled “UCLA” on the black pitchfork midfield logo at Sun Devil Stadium. Talk about a harbinger of things to come. The 11th-ranked Bruins played by far their best game of the season and took apart the 15th-ranked Arizona State Sun Devils 62-27 in Tempe Thursday. Here are six […]
  • Pac Mentality Week 4: A comeback for the ages in Tucson

    Pac Mentality Week 4: A comeback for the ages in Tucson

    I can only imagine how many Arizona Wildcats fans shuffled off to bed during the fourth quarter of Saturday night's Pac-12 opener against Cal.
  • Pac Mentality Week 3: Quarterback injuries could be problematic in South

    Pac Mentality Week 3: Quarterback injuries could be problematic in South

    For three quarters of the teams in the Pac-12, a quarter of their regular season is in the books. Week 3 answered some questions, no doubt. And a couple of teams in the South may have seen their conference championship hopes dashed by injuries. In Arlington, UCLA quarterback Brett Hundley injured his left arm in […]
  • Pac Mentality - Week 2: Oregon Ducks make huge statement in beating Michigan State

    Pac Mentality – Week 2: Oregon Ducks make huge statement in beating Michigan State

    Week 2 is in the books in the Pac-12, and we’re starting to get a little clearer picture on some teams. Oregon is one of them. The third-ranked Ducks went into the locker room at Autzen Stadium trailing seventh-ranked Michigan State 24-18. We don’t know what head coach Mark Helfrich said to his team at […]
  • Pac Mentality Week 1: Is Cal headed back to relevancy?

    Pac Mentality Week 1: Is Cal headed back to relevancy?

    Week 1 is in the books in the Pac-12. Every team in the conference was in action against a non-conference foe, in really what was a lackluster week of scheduling to be quite honest. Only three schools — UCLA, Washington State and Cal — had games against Power 5 conference institutions. In all, Pac-12 teams […]
  • ASU unveils new uniforms; is it still cutting-edge when everybody's doing it?

    ASU unveils new uniforms; is it still cutting-edge when everybody’s doing it?

    One of the things I’ve always loved about sports was the uniform. I remember getting a talking-to by my first grade teacher Mrs. Hoover for curling the end of my nines. When she corrected me, I told her that’s the way the ‘9’ was on the back of Graig Nettles’ jersey. When I played soccer […]
  • Vince Marotta's 2014 Pac-12 Preview: Oregon Ducks back on top

    Vince Marotta’s 2014 Pac-12 Preview: Oregon Ducks back on top

    The 2013 season was a banner one for the Pac-12 Conference. Most national experts believe the “Conference of Champions” elevated itself to the second-most powerful football conference in America, behind only the mighty SEC. Nine Pac-12 teams qualified for bowl games (the most ever) where the schools went 6-3 and won their games by an […]
  • Celebrating the 4th -- Arizona Sports-style!

    Celebrating the 4th — Arizona Sports-style!

    Happy 4th! It’s our nation’s 238th birthday (doesn’t look day over 75, really) and we’re all celebrating, in some way, the number 4. Four is a significant number in Phoenix sports, as well. Four big league teams If you’re a sports fan in the Valley, you’re spoiled. You live in one of only 12 metropolitan […]
  • Observations from the 2014 NBA Draft

    Observations from the 2014 NBA Draft

    The 2014 NBA Draft is now history. Sixty players entered the league with great pomp and circumstance — from Cleveland’s selection of Kansas forward Andrew Wiggins first overall to the San Antonio Spurs closing out the festivities by picking Baylor power forward Cory Jefferson. Here are some things I noticed during this year’s draft. Canadian […]