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Stanford's road to title game

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Stanford's road to title game

After quite a scare and quite a game in Los Angeles, below is whats left for Stanford and the other three top teams. After this weekend, Stanford should jump to No. 3 due to Alabama and LSU playing each other. You would have to believe Stanford would jump OSU if they beat Oregon on the 12th. It would then all come down to Stanford in the Pac-12 title game on December 2nd against most likely Arizona State, while Oklahoma State plays Oklahoma on the 3rd . Would beating Oklahoma cancel out Stanford wins over Oregon and most likely ASU? A lot will figure in to that. All that Stanford can do is hope they have all this figuring to do. The good news is this week at this point they are closer than they were last week at this point. More weeks like that and obviously, they will get a chance for the title.

LSU (2 ranked teams)
115 @ Alabama
1112 Western Kentucky
1119 @ Ole Miss
1125 Arkansas
SEC Title game?
Alabama (2 ranked teams)
115 LSU
1112 @ Mississippi State
1119 Georgia Southern
1126 @ AuburnSEC Title game?
Oklahoma State: (2 ranked teams)115 Kansas State
1112 @ Texas Tech
1128 @ Iowa State
123 Oklahoma
No title game
Stanford (1 ranked team)
115 Oregon State
1112 Oregon
1119 Cal
1126 Notre Dame
Pac-12 title game
Lee Siegel is the assistant news director for Comcast SpotsNet Bay Area.

Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

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Louisville has 'effectively fired' head coach Rick Pitino

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville has placed coach Rick Pitino and athletic director Tom Jurich on administrative leave amid a federal bribery investigation.

Jurich is on paid leave, while Pitino is on unpaid leave. The coach’s attorney, Steve Spence, told the Courier-Journal Wednesday that Louisville has “effectively fired” Pitino.

Pitino’s exit comes after the school acknowledged on Tuesday that the men’s program is part of a federal investigation into alleged bribery of recruits. The 65-year-old coach was not named in the indictment that resulted in the arrest of 10 people including four assistant coaches at other schools and an Adidas executive.

It is the latest black eye for the Cardinals program. Pitino and Louisville are in the middle of appealing NCAA sanctions following an embarrassing sex scandal.

Jurich has supported Pitino through his transgressions during the athletic director’s nearly 20-year tenure at the university.

Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

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Cal fights USC into fourth quarter, can't complete the upset

BOX SCORE

BERKELEY -- Stephen Carr ran for a fourth-quarter touchdown two plays after Southern California's defense forced one of its six turnovers and the fifth-ranked Trojans won their 13th straight game, 30-20 over California on Saturday.

USC (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) has dominated the series with its in-state rival by winning 14 straight against the Golden Bears (3-1, 0-1), but this was one of the tightest matchups in years as the game was tied early in the fourth quarter.

Sam Darnold threw for 223 yards and two touchdowns for the Trojans but also had an interception and was under pressure for much of the day.

It was the defense that stepped up for USC, intercepting a pass from Ross Bowers in the first quarter to set up a field goal and then delivering the big play early in the fourth quarter after Chase McGrath gave the Trojans a 16-13 lead with his third field goal of the game.

Josh Fatu knocked the ball out of Bowers' hand and Uchenna Nwosu recovered the fumble at the 3. Carr ran it in two plays later from the 2 to make it 23-13.

Ykili Ross then intercepted Bowers' pass on the next possession, setting up Darnold's 4-yard TD pass to Deontay Burnett that put away the game.

Bowers finished 22 for 50 for 303 yards with one touchdown, four interceptions and two lost fumbles.

THE TAKEAWAY

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: The Trojans struggled for much of the game without starting RB Ronald Jones (ankle) and WR Steven Mitchell (groin) but managed to pull away late in their first road game of the season.

CALIFORNIA: The Bears used an improved defense to start 3-0 under first-year coach Justin Wilcox but this was supposed to be the test of how far they had come. Cal showed plenty by sticking with a national title contender for three quarters. A sequence on the opening drive of the second will haunt the Bears. Patrick Laird dropped a potential TD in the end zone and Matt Anderson then missed a 29-yard field goal that kept the game tied at 13.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

A win against an unranked team should do little to alter USC's poll position.

UP NEXT

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 18 Washington State on Friday.

CALIFORNIA: Visits No. 24 Oregon on Saturday.