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October 25, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
  Join us today at 11:30 a.m. when Times UCLA writer Chris Foster, USC writer Gary Klein and national college football columnist Chris Dufresne give an update on the season in a live Google+ Hangout. As Klein wrote earlier this week , "USC Coach Lane Kiffin might not have the option of playing it safe Saturday at Arizona . Wildcats quarterback Matt Scott, a fifth-year senior, has been running new Coach Rich Rodriguez 's spread offense with precision. He leads the Pac-12 Conference and is fourth nationally in total offense for a team that has averaged 549 yards and 39 points a game.
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November 24, 2010 | By Chris Dufresne
GAMES TO WATCH No. 2 Auburn (11-0) at No. 9 Alabama (9-2) Friday, 11:30 a.m. PST, Channel 2 Alabama can't win the national title this year but it can do the next best thing: knock Auburn out. The "Iron Bowl" is a rivalry that divides a state with no major "professional" teams unless pay-for-play allegations about Cam Newton prove to be true. The pick: Alabama. No. 20 Arizona (7-3) at No. 1 Oregon (10-0) Friday, 4 p.m., ESPN Oregon, with a win, clinches its second consecutive Pacific 10 Conference title and moves one week closer to playing for the national championship.
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November 30, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Louisiana State beat Alabama, but LSU now has to play an extra game while Alabama has secured a free pass to the national championship game. LSU is practicing this week while Coach Nick Saban is out recruiting. Congratulations, LSU … we think. Don't count out No. 4 or No. 5 as this independent arbiter closely monitors closing statements from Oklahoma State and Virginia Tech. Stanford doesn't deserve consideration because it didn't even win its division in the Pac-12. Only Southeastern Conference schools that didn't win their division get to make that argument.
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September 12, 2013 | By Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Thursday, The Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: Morning No. 5 Stanford (1-0) at Army (1-1) 9 a.m., CBS Sports Network Army loves to run the ball and Stanford's defense lives to stop the run, so that probably means Army will be lucky to cross mid-field. Don't be fooled by a final score that might look close.
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September 1, 2010
No. 24 Oregon State vs. No. 6 Texas Christian at Arlington, Texas Saturday, 4:45 p.m. PDT, ESPN This is the first of two key weekend games involving possible Bowl Championship Series gate crashers. Two days before Boise State takes on Virginia Tech in Maryland, the Texas Christian Horned Frogs get first shot to prove they belong in the national title conversation. Oregon State, led by tailback Jacquizz Rodgers, also plays at Boise State on Sept. 25. The pick: Texas Christian.
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