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Week four Pac-12 picks

Sept. 19, 2014 1:32 p.m.

Give credit to Utah for making a trip to the Big House to make Week 4 interesting for Pac-12 viewers. The rest of the nonconference schedule is as bland as a beige rainbow.

The week’s most interesting storyline can be found in Colorado, where the Buffaloes take on a Hawaii team that lost close games against Washington and Oregon State. Can we just decide that the winner of that game gets to stay in the Pac-12?

All games are Saturday, all picks should be used for kindling purposes only.

Last week: 7-1 straight up, 1-5 against the spread.

Overall: 26-5 straight up, 8-15 against the spread.

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Just tell me who won

Sept. 19, 2014 7:51 a.m. - Updated: 8:06 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

There is something calming in this day an age when you are forced to turn off all your electrical devices and avoid human contact through your smartphone. But it isn't really advisable to do it during a pennant race. Not if you want to have any fingernails left. Read on.

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Friday Pac-12 links

Sept. 19, 2014 6 a.m.

Just one more day until Washington State takes on No. 2 Oregon in front of a sold-out Martin Stadium. Can't wait? Time travel may not exist, but watch how quickly the day flies by as you make your way through our morning links.

By the way, it's International Talk Like A Pirate Day. Do with that what you will.

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Ferris defeats University High 45-36

Sept. 18, 2014 9:38 p.m. - Updated: 9:58 p.m.

S-R photojournalist Jesse Tinsley covered the Ferris vs. University High game at Joe Albi.  Check out this big picture gallery of game photos.

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The future of the WSU defense looked bright on Thursday

Sept. 18, 2014 9:03 p.m. - Updated: 9:11 p.m.

After Washington State finished its final full practice before Saturday's game against Oregon the underclassmen had their Thursday Night Football scrimmage. The defense looked great. The offense, well, they had to do some up-downs.

Our report from practice is after the jump.

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Chiefs ready for new season with new look

Sept. 18, 2014 6:33 p.m. - Updated: 6:51 p.m.

The Spokane Chiefs must reshape many phases of their game, but they prepare to enter the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season with the will to compete. Read story

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Ewu sports chat Sept. 18 (noon)

Sept. 18, 2014 11:59 a.m. - Updated: Sept. 19, 8:54 a.m.

Read the full transcript of Thursday's chat in the extended post.

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A big weekend is ahead

Sept. 18, 2014 8:24 a.m. - Updated: 8:49 a.m.

A GRIP ON SPORTS

You know, this weekend might be the best weekend ever in terms of sports depth around here. The Seahawks are playing the Broncos in a rematch from last year's Super Bowl, the Cougars host No. 2 Oregon, the Mariners face a key series at Houston in their chase for a postseason berth for the first time in 13 years and there are a bunch of other games. Too bad I won't be around. Read on.

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Week four Pac-12 power rankings

Sept. 18, 2014 8:15 a.m.

The out-of-conference games took their toll on the Pac-12 and now that the conference’s teams are sufficiently beaten up they’ll start to play each other. With a 25-4 record in nonconference games the Pac-12 mostly solidified its reputation as one of college football’s top conferences.

Still, it’s hard not to think that the Pac-12 missed an opportunity to really be considered elite. USC is still one of the conference’s most talented teams and could certainly win the Pac-12 South. If it does, it will make every good program it beats look bad in the process, losing to the team that lost to Boston College.

Even though UCLA went undefeated, the Bruins’ six-point average margin of victory against what wasn’t thought to be an imposing schedule is going to diminish the national perception of one of the Pac-12’s most talented teams for the rest of the year.

At least Oregon took care of business.

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Eastern football notes

Sept. 18, 2014 6:46 a.m.

Has it really been two weeks since we chatted about Eastern Washington football? We'll do it again today at noon, right here at SportsLink. One topic of conversation should be new Montana State quarterback Dakota Prukop. who's the subject of today's Big Sky notebook. …MSU's underdog status is personified by Bobcat lineman Taylor Dees, according to this article  in the Billings Gazette, which also has a preview of Saturday's Montana game at North Dakota State. … Two weeks from now, Idaho State will bring a veteran offensive line against Eastern. …Suddenly, the Eagles' win over Sam Houston State doesn't look so impressive.

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