• Rob Moseley lays out some of the new officiating rules that were shared with reporters yesterday from Pac-12 coordinator of football officiating Tony Corrente and football officiating consultant Mike Pereira.
• Jon Wilner highlights some of his thoughts on the Pac-12 TV Network.
• Coaches will leave LA and head for Bristol, Conn. where they will tape shows for ESPN. Chip Kelly will be very busy on Thursday as you can see from the schedule.
• Ted Miller looks at some high-risk, high-reward matchups this year. Oregon vs LSU tops the list.
Unlike Boise-Georgia, both teams in this game, not just one, start the season with legit national title hopes (and both could be ranked in the preseason top 5). And unlike Boise, life gets no easier for either team once this game is over. On the positive side, a close loss might not sting so bad if both teams spend the remainder of the season battling for conference titles and for spots in the top 10, which they should. Still, the loser of this game could end up regretting having scheduled it by season's end.
• Ted Miller recaps all of his position reviews and gives each category point values. Oregon and USC come out on top.
• Bob Rickert has another of his Q&A pieces, "Once a Duck always a Duck," with former RB Reuben Droughns.
• George Schroeder reviews AD Rob Mullens first year on the job.
• Jeff Maehl has reportedly agreed to a free agent contract with the Houston Texans. It should become official later today.
• The Heisman Pundit lays out what they think are the steps LMJ needs to take to secure the Heisman Trophy.
James has an opportunity to do, or be a part of, some huge things in 2011. Playing well in wins over LSU and Stanford would serve him very well in the Heisman race. Get past the Tigers and the Cardinal and you have to like the Ducks’ chances of making it to New Orleans. But James could, with another fine season, push himself into second place on the all-time Pac-12 career rushing list. He’s 1,767 yards away from having only Heisman winner Charles White ahead of him. Furthermore, he’s likely to set the conference record for career touchdowns as well this year. Those kinds of achievements would be a real boon to his Heisman hopes.