Roundup: Basketball rivalries on tap, schedules released

If Colorado wasn't aware of just how tough Pac-12 basketball is this season, they learned on Wednesday night: The No. 15 Buffs needed overtime to overcome the last-place Cougars 71-70 in Pullman. Askia Booker's 18 points led the way.

The two Pac-12 basketball games on Wednesday night were decided by a total of three points. In Seattle, Washington barely held off Utah 59-57 in a classic nailbiter.

Former NFL executive Ray Anderson, who played both football and baseball at Stanford, has been hired as Arizona State's athletic director. He replaces Steve Patterson, who left to be the AD at Texas.

Washington State may have lost on the hardwood to Colorado, but the Cougars along with the rest of the Pac-12 did learn their 2014 football schedule, which opens with a game against Rutgers in Seattle.

Dave Christensen, Utah's new offensive coordinator, will bring a new approach to coach Kyle Whittingham's scheme, which will remain the same. Christensen comes to Salt Lake City from a head coaching stint at Wyoming.

Ted Miller reviews Oregon State's football season, one that saw an early winning streak, a losing stretch, and a solid finishing act in the Hawaii Bowl. Here is Ted's report card for the Beavers.

Arizona visits Pauley Pavilion in a classic hardwood battle Thursday night. And as Chris Foster accurately explains, there is no love lost between the Wildcats and the Bruins.

Will the going get smoother for Cal football in 2014? Sonny Dykes and his crew now have the season's schedule in front of them. It includes a home game against Oregon at the new Levi's Stadium and a Thursday night tilt at USC.

Here's more to prepare you for the basketball showdown between UCLA and Arizona. Doug Haller writes that versatile Bruin Kyle Anderson poses a big concern for the Desert schools this weekend.

USC's 2014 schedule is out, and there's plenty of excitement surrounding the Trojans moving forward. But Kyle Kensing writes that early departures to the NFL will challenge Steve Sarkisian in his first year at the helm.

Oregon's 2014 schedule is also out, and it features one bit of particularly exciting news: The Ducks will meet Rose Bowl champion Michigan State on September 6 (previously announced as September 13) at Autzen Stadium.

Stanford's 2014 schedule has also been announced. True to Pac-12 form, the Cardinal have a tough road in front of them. Jon Wilner offers his take.

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