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Pac-12 picks: UW's competitive advantage over UCLA; ASU handles Utah; Cal hangs with Oregon

Pac-12 picks: UW's competitive advantage over UCLA; ASU handles Utah; Cal hangs with Oregon

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 2:22 p.m.

The Hotline typically takes a close look at key trends and statistics when evaluating Pac-12 games against the point spread, but not always.
Encore presentation: After March Madness success, Pac-12 basketball prepares for anticipated 2021-22 season

Encore presentation: After March Madness success, Pac-12 basketball prepares for anticipated 2021-22 season

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 11:03 a.m.

The Pac-12 men's basketball season begins unofficially on Wednesday with the head coaches and top players gathering in San Francisco for the most anticipated preseason media event in four years.
Arizona State on the brink of South division control entering Saturday showdown at Utah

Arizona State on the brink of South division control entering Saturday showdown at Utah

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Oct. 13 - 7:25 a.m.

It feels early for a make-or-break game, but that's exactly the situation unfolding in the Pac-12's South division this week as Arizona State visits Utah.
Pac-12 bowl projections: Utah's path widens ahead of Saturday showdown against ASU

Pac-12 bowl projections: Utah's path widens ahead of Saturday showdown against ASU

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Oct. 12 - 12:55 p.m.

In 10 minutes, Utah transformed its Saturday, its season and its postseason.
Pac-12 power ratings: Utah climbs, USC falls and the highest-rated team in Washington resides in the Palouse

Pac-12 power ratings: Utah climbs, USC falls and the highest-rated team in Washington resides in the Palouse

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Oct. 11 - 10:19 a.m.

Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren't.
Would WSU actually fire Nick Rolovich? Examining the exemption review process

Would WSU actually fire Nick Rolovich? Examining the exemption review process

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Oct. 7 - 11:49 a.m.

Washington State has entered the decision phase with football coach Nick Rolovich. At any point in the next 11 days, the university will determine his fate.
Pac-12 picks: Stanford hangs with ASU, Oregon State rolls, and another USC-Utah thriller

Pac-12 picks: Stanford hangs with ASU, Oregon State rolls, and another USC-Utah thriller

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Oct. 6 - 5:11 p.m.

The Trojans and Utes have produced memorable affairs in the decade they've shared the Pac-12 South.
Pac-12 bowl projections: Washington's streak in jeopardy; Oregon drops to the Rose

Pac-12 bowl projections: Washington's streak in jeopardy; Oregon drops to the Rose

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Oct. 5 - 3:16 p.m.

The Pac-12's longest active bowl participation streak, albeit one with a caveat, is in significant peril.
Pac-12 picks: Will Stanford derail Oregon once again? The history behind a tale of torment

Pac-12 picks: Will Stanford derail Oregon once again? The history behind a tale of torment

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 30 - 12:32 p.m.

Oregon is an eight-point favorite this week at Stanford and assuredly will face more daunting challenges in its quest for a playoff berth.
Pac-12 football: Assessing the officiating through the first month of the 2021 season

Pac-12 football: Assessing the officiating through the first month of the 2021 season

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 29 - 2:53 p.m.

Our conclusion: No egregious mistakes and a smoother replay review process.
Pac-12 bowl projections: Oregon on track for playoff, ASU to the Alamo

Pac-12 bowl projections: Oregon on track for playoff, ASU to the Alamo

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 29 - 10:44 a.m.

With the first month of the 2021 season complete, several Pac-12 teams face daunting climbs to the six-win mark needed for bowl eligibility.
Pac-12 power ratings: Oregon on top (again) as Oregon State soars, USC plunges

Pac-12 power ratings: Oregon on top (again) as Oregon State soars, USC plunges

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 27 - 10:40 a.m.

Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren't.
Pac-12 preview: Why all the September games on Pac-12 Networks will boost late-season exposure

Pac-12 preview: Why all the September games on Pac-12 Networks will boost late-season exposure

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 24 - 7:58 a.m.

Five need-to-knows for Week 4 of the college football season.
Why is the Pac-12 struggling so much in nonconference play? It's partly about QBs, COVID and the competition

Why is the Pac-12 struggling so much in nonconference play? It's partly about QBs, COVID and the competition

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 6:38 p.m.

With 85% of its nonconference schedule complete, the Pac-12 has two consequential victories and little else to show for three weeks of effort.
Pac-12 picks: Must-win games for Cal, Utah and the Washington schools

Pac-12 picks: Must-win games for Cal, Utah and the Washington schools

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 22 - 1:34 p.m.

It feels early for elimination games, but it's not early.
The Pac-12 should push to delay CFP expansion: There's too little time and too much on the line

The Pac-12 should push to delay CFP expansion: There's too little time and too much on the line

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 8:19 p.m.

One week from today, the conference commissioners and university presidents in charge of the College Football Playoff will decide whether to expand the event to 12 teams in time for the 2023 season, or the 2026 season — or whether to pause the process altogether.
Pac-12 bowl projections: Oregon on track for CFP while Utah's prospects turn murky

Pac-12 bowl projections: Oregon on track for CFP while Utah's prospects turn murky

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 21 - 2:09 p.m.

The list of unexpected early-season developments in the Pac-12 is longer than Kyle Whittingham's tenure in Salt Lake City. Near the top is a team best known for its consistency of effort and success: What in the world is wrong with the Utes?
Pac-12 power ratings: Special expanded edition (because BYU owns the South)

Pac-12 power ratings: Special expanded edition (because BYU owns the South)

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 20 - 4:54 p.m.

Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren't.
Pac-12 rewind: Glimmers of light amid the Week 3 carnage

Pac-12 rewind: Glimmers of light amid the Week 3 carnage

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 19 - 5:17 p.m.

A look at the best and worst from Week 3 across the conference.
Pac-12 stock report: Massive TV ratings, USC's bold move, Rolovich's approaching deadline and more

Pac-12 stock report: Massive TV ratings, USC's bold move, Rolovich's approaching deadline and more

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 16 - 2:42 p.m.

Commentary on Pac-12 issues on and off the field.
CFP expansion: Pac-12 athletic directors not ready to support 12-team format

CFP expansion: Pac-12 athletic directors not ready to support 12-team format

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 7:01 p.m.

A not-so-random sampling of Pac-12 athletic directors reveals concern over swift approval of the College Football Playoff expansion proposal.
Pac-12 picks: ASU steps into the spotlight; WSU upsets vulnerable USC

Pac-12 picks: ASU steps into the spotlight; WSU upsets vulnerable USC

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 15 - 10:01 a.m.

Week 3 in the Pac-12 brings a fascinating conference duel in Pullman, where a coach-less team meets a vax-less coach, two matchups against Power Five opponents and the first look at UCLA since its triumph over LSU a fortnight ago.
USC fires Clay Helton: The right move for the present and the future, for the Trojans and the Pac-12

USC fires Clay Helton: The right move for the present and the future, for the Trojans and the Pac-12

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 9:24 p.m.

USC's dismissal of Clay Helton on Monday, two days after yet another embarrassing loss, was jolting.
Pac-12 football: The process behind the weekly ESPN and Fox selections

Pac-12 football: The process behind the weekly ESPN and Fox selections

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 7:05 p.m.

A few minutes past 10 a.m. on Monday, the Pac-12 released the start times and TV assignments for games on Sept. 25, the fourth week of the season and the first full Saturday of intra-conference play.
Pac-12 power ratings: Oregon claims the top spot as USC falls, Stanford recovers and Washington wallows

Pac-12 power ratings: Oregon claims the top spot as USC falls, Stanford recovers and Washington wallows

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 13 - 4:48 p.m.

Power ratings based entirely on the scoreboard, except when they aren't.
Pac-12 rewind: Strong top, soft middle; Oregon's rise, USC's fall

Pac-12 rewind: Strong top, soft middle; Oregon's rise, USC's fall

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Updated Sept. 12 - 3:37 p.m.

The best and worst of Week 2 in Pac-12 football.
My AP Top-25 ballot: Oregon, Iowa jump after huge wins; USC, Utah, Texas disappear; hello, Michigan

My AP Top-25 ballot: Oregon, Iowa jump after huge wins; USC, Utah, Texas disappear; hello, Michigan

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 12 - 1:46 p.m.

Highlights from Jon Wilner's ballot for the AP Top 25.
Oregon stuns Ohio State: What it means for the Pac-12

Oregon stuns Ohio State: What it means for the Pac-12

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 11 - 5:50 p.m.

Oregon went to hallowed ground Saturday without its star player, held off mighty Ohio State in the fourth quarter and came away with perhaps the most significant regular-season victory for the Pac-12 in a quarter century.
The Big 12 adds 4 schools, including BYU: What it means for the Pac-12

The Big 12 adds 4 schools, including BYU: What it means for the Pac-12

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 11 - 10:43 a.m.

The Big 12 moved swiftly to remake itself after losing Texas and Oklahoma to the SEC over the summer, voting Friday to invite Houston, Cincinnati, UCF and Brigham Young.
Pac-12 preview: 10 things to know before Utes rivalry, Ducks-Buckeyes, Big House and more showdowns

Pac-12 preview: 10 things to know before Utes rivalry, Ducks-Buckeyes, Big House and more showdowns

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 4:04 p.m.

Ten need-to-knows, including a weather update, for Week 2.
Showdown Saturday: How the Pac-12 should define success on the biggest day of the season

Showdown Saturday: How the Pac-12 should define success on the biggest day of the season

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 9 - 1:55 p.m.

With four matchups against Power Five opponents and two showdowns against ranked teams, Saturday stands as the most important day of the season for the Pac-12.
Pac-12 picks of the week: Oregon, Cal and Colorado cover as huge underdogs

Pac-12 picks of the week: Oregon, Cal and Colorado cover as huge underdogs

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 8 - 2:39 p.m.

The Pac-12 has been hoping, clamoring and desperate for coast-to-coast media exposure since the twin grim realities of night games and Pac-12 Network distribution materialized four or five years ago.
Sept. 11: The most important day in the most important season in Pac-12 football history

Sept. 11: The most important day in the most important season in Pac-12 football history

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 4:54 p.m.

In 105 years of Pac-12 football, there has never been a season like 2021.
Pac-12 bowl projections: UCLA to the Rose, USC to the Alamo and a potential issue with Oregon

Pac-12 bowl projections: UCLA to the Rose, USC to the Alamo and a potential issue with Oregon

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 7 - 1:31 p.m.

The return of the Redbox Bowl remains uncertain, with no definitive word on its status for 2021 and beyond. As a result, the Pac-12 is locked into six games through direct affiliation and a seventh game through ESPN.
Pac-12 rewind: The best and worst of Week 1, from UCLA's spirited victory to late-game collapses against heavy underdogs

Pac-12 rewind: The best and worst of Week 1, from UCLA's spirited victory to late-game collapses against heavy underdogs

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 6 - 9:47 p.m.

According to the Associated Press, the Pac-12 became the first Power Five conference to lose six games on the opening weekend since the SEC in 2016.
How the Pac-12 can increase football revenue and exposure: Own the Labor Day weekend

How the Pac-12 can increase football revenue and exposure: Own the Labor Day weekend

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 5 - 3:45 p.m.

There were 55 college football games available for viewing across all broadcast, cable and digital platforms on Saturday, the first full day of the 2021 season.
Hotline mailbag: What Kliavkoff means by putting the Pac-12's best teams in position to succeed

Hotline mailbag: What Kliavkoff means by putting the Pac-12's best teams in position to succeed

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 3 - 12:45 p.m.

When commissioner George Kliavkoff said he wants the best teams to succeed (paraphrasing), how specifically does this happen?
Arizona will beat BYU in Jedd Fisch's debut: Here are 7 reasons why

Arizona will beat BYU in Jedd Fisch's debut: Here are 7 reasons why

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 3 - 8:38 a.m.

The only first-year coach in the Pac-12 will make his debut Saturday night on a big stage against a credible opponent on a national broadcast, and the college football world thinks he's doomed.
Soft schedules for Utah, Arizona State could hurt the Pac-12 in the CFP selection process

Soft schedules for Utah, Arizona State could hurt the Pac-12 in the CFP selection process

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 2 - 2:28 p.m.

The Pac-12 football season begins in full force later today with Utah and Arizona State in action against teams from the Football Championship Subdivision.
Pac-12 football preview: Breaking down the quarterback comfort levels for each team

Pac-12 football preview: Breaking down the quarterback comfort levels for each team

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Sept. 2 - 8:36 a.m.

At the dawn of the 2021 season, the state of quarterback play in the Pac-12 appears fragile.
Sticking with 12: No expansion for the Pac-12 'at this time'

Sticking with 12: No expansion for the Pac-12 'at this time'

Jon Wilner, Bay Area News Group  |  Posted Aug. 26 - 12:10 p.m.

The Pac-12 announced today that it won't pursue membership expansion after a multi-week review left the conference believing 12 is the right number, for now.