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The pick: Why Washington State will beat Arizona

Gardner Minshew should have plenty of chances to boost his Heisman Trophy resume against a mediocre Arizona pass defense and the Cougars should cruise into the Apple Cup on a seven-game win streak.

No. 17 Washington can’t afford stumble against Oregon State ahead of Apple Cup showdown

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 11:22 p.m.

No. 17 Washington still has a legitimate shot at a more than acceptable consolation prize despite the disappointment of being knocked out of the College Football Playoff conversation by midseason. The Rose Bowl still carries significant meaning in these parts. The Huskies would find themselves in the Pac-12 title game playing for a chance to go to Pasadena as the conference champion with two more victories, starting with their game against Oregon State on Saturday.

Cal-Stanford Big Game postponed because of wildfire smoke

UPDATED: Fri., Nov. 16, 2018, 11:23 p.m.

The annual Big Game between Stanford and California that had been scheduled for Saturday was postponed two weeks because of the unhealthy air quality in the Bay Area resulting from a wildfire some 150 miles to the north. Cal announced that the game would be played Dec. 1 with a noon kickoff at Memorial Stadium in Berkeley. This is the just the second postponement of the Big Game; it was delayed one week in 1963 following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Idaho’s Ed Hall brings technical precision to everything he does

UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018, 6:45 p.m.

In his senior year at the University of Idaho, where four years of a disciplined approach to the classroom and the football field should have paid off in a sunset cruise to graduation, Ed Hall could still benefit from the 30-hour day.

Pac-12 picks: Lots on the line in five of the six games across conference landscape this weekend

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 14, 2018, 9:41 p.m.

In the South, there’s still plenty of sorting to do. Four teams in the division could gain bowl eligibility by winning this Saturday. Three teams in the division are still hunting for a spot in the Pac-12 title game, as are two in the North. One of those could be eliminated by Saturday night if it can’t take care of business against a heavy underdog.