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USC shut out on All-Pac-12 First Team

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It shouldn’t be a surprise given they went 5-7 overall and tied for third in the South Division, but still: USC did not have a player selected to the All-Pac-12 First Team. According to Joey Kaufman of the Orange County Register, it’s the first time that’s happened since 2000. Oregon State, who went 2-10 overall and 1-8 in Pac-12 play, was the only other team not to have a First Team selection.

That 2000 USC team went 5-7 like this one, but there was one key difference: USC fired Paul Hackett after that season, while these Trojans brought Clay Helton back.

As for who is on the team, Washington and Utah led the way with nine First Team selections apiece, including three of the four specialists. Utes punter Mitch Wishnowsky became a three-time First Team selection, while placekicker Matt Gay made the First Team for a second time. Both of those nods sound impressive until you realize both players have been with the program for 12 seasons now. Or at least it seems that way. Conference champion Washington followed with six.

While you can follow the link to find the Second Team, but the First Team is listed below.

OFFENSE
QB Gardner Minshew, Washington State
RB Eno Benjamin, Arizona State
RB JJ Taylor, Arizona
WR N'Keal Harry, Arizona State
WR Laviska Shenault, Colorado
TE Caleb Wilson, UCLA
OL Jordan Agasiva, Utah
OL Jackson Barton, Utah
OL Andre Dillard, Washington State
OL Nick Harris, Washington
OL Walker Little, Stanford
OL Kaleb McGary, Washington

DEFENSE
DL Bradlee Anae, Utah
DL Leki Fotu, Utah
DL Greg Gaines, Washington
DL Jalen Jelks, Oregon
LB Ben Burr-Kirven, Washington
LB Chase Hansen, Utah
LB Jordan Kunaszyk, California
DB Paulson Adebo, Stanford
DB Jaylon Johnson, Utah
DB Byron Murphy, Washington
DB Taylor Rapp, Washington

SPECIALISTS
PK Matt Gay, Utah
P Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
RS Britain Covey, Utah
AP/ST Brenden Schooler, Oregon

The Pac-12 will announce its individual award winners at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday.

2018 College Football Bowl Projections after Championship Weekend

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The games have been played. The wins have been tallied. The touchdowns have been counted. The championship trophies have been hoisted.

Now the debate begins.

Who’s in the College Football Playoff? And once that’s taken care of, where is everybody else going bowling?

With all that in mind, CFTalk decided to peer into our crystal ball and take a look at the postseason picture — figuring out which teams wind up in certain bowl games prior to the official announcement. Running through all the scenarios, here’s how the bowl picture could play out from the final four to the very first one on December 15th:

College Football Playoff Semifinals

Bowl Teams
Orange Bowl No. 1 Alabama* No. 4 Oklahoma*
Cotton Bowl No. 2 Clemson* No. 3 Notre Dame*

New Year’s Six

Bowl Teams
Peach Bowl Michigan* Florida*
Fiesta Bowl UCF* LSU*
Rose Bowl Ohio State* Washington*
Sugar Bowl Texas* Georgia*

2018 FBS Bowl Games

Bowl Teams
New Mexico Bowl Utah State North Texas
Cure Bowl UL-Lafayette* Tulane
Las Vegas Bowl Arizona State Fresno State
Camellia Bowl Georgia Southern Buffalo
New Orleans Bowl Appalachian State* UAB
Boca Raton Bowl BYU Middle Tennessee
Frisco Bowl Eastern Michigan Memphis
Gasparilla Bowl Wake Forest USF
Bahamas Bowl Toledo* FIU*
Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Ohio Nevada
Birmingham Bowl Duke Cincinnati
Armed Forces Bowl TCU Houston
Dollar General Bowl Troy Northern Illinois
Hawaii Bowl Hawaii* Louisiana Tech*
First Responder Bowl Marshall Western Michigan
Quick Lane Bowl Boston College Minnesota
Cheez-It Bowl Cal Boise State
Independence Bowl Georgia Tech Army
Pinstripe Bowl Miami Purdue
Texas Bowl Oklahoma State Auburn
Music City Bowl Wisconsin Missouri
Camping World Bowl Syracuse Iowa State
Alamo Bowl Washington State West Virginia
Belk Bowl Virginia South Carolina
Arizona Bowl Arkansas State* San Diego State
Military Bowl Virginia Tech Temple
Sun Bowl Pitt Utah
Redbox Bowl Stanford Michigan State
Liberty Bowl Baylor Vanderbilt
Holiday Bowl Oregon Iowa
Gator Bowl Texas A&M N.C. State
Outback Bowl Mississippi State Northwestern
Citrus Bowl Kentucky Penn State

+ Southern Miss, Miami (OH), Wyoming and UL-Monroe also qualified for a bowl but were not selected

* Already accepted bowl bid

David Shaw improves to 8-0 vs. Cal as Stanford wins another Big Game

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Cal may be heading in a positive direction and they may have beaten Washington and USC this season, but getting over the Stanford hurdle is still too tough a task for the Golden Bears at this time. Stanford once again topped Cal in The Big Game, winning this year’s delayed edition of the game by a score of 23-13.

Stanford nearly shutout Cal in the second half and closed out the game with 10 points in the fourth quarter. Cal scored a late touchdown with the game essentially decided in every facet except for the final score with 10 seconds remaining. Bryce Love, perhaps playing in his final game for Stanford, carried the football 22 times for 74 yards. Cameron Scarlett scored a touchdown on the ground in the fourth quarter, and quarterback K.J. Costello completed 18 of 29 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. JJ Arcega-Whiteside led all players with 109 receiving yards on five receptions. Turnovers were crucial in the game, with Cal turning the football over three times to just one turnover by Stanford.

Stanford’s current nine-game winning streak in the rivalry remains the longest winning streak for either team in the series. Cal’s last win came in 2009 with a team that included Shane Vereen topped a Cardinal team with Andrew Luck and Toby Gerhart. Jim Harbaugh was the head coach of the Cardinal. Harbaugh and Luck would get the Stanford winning streak against Cal started up the next season, and David Shaw has continued to keep Stanford on top of the classic rivalry. Shaw is 8-0 in the series.

Both Stanford and Cal should be heading to the postseason to play in a bowl game, so the season is not over yet for either program. Stanford and Cal could land in a number of different bowl games including the Sun Bowl, Las Vegas Bowl and Cheez-It Bowl as the most likely destinations from which to choose.

David Shaw predicts future Stanford-UCLA Pac-12 Championship Game with Chip Kelly

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Stanford and UCLA played a wildly entertaining high-scoring game over the weekend that largely flew under the radar given the other significant games in the Pac-12 this past weekend with USC looking to ruin Notre Dame’s playoff hopes and the Apple Cup carrying its own playoff and Pac-12 championship implications. But if you watched it, Stanford head coach David Shaw believes you got a glimpse into the future of the Pac-12 championship battles to come between the Cardinal and Bruins.

Praising his counterpart at UCLA, Chip Kelly, Shaw lauded the first-year UCLA head coach on a fine job this season after Stanford topped UCLA 49-42 Saturday in the Rose Bowl.

I truly believe this is the future of the Pac-12 Championship Game right here,” Shaw said after the game. “What (Kelly) is starting to do here, I’m really excited for him. Thankful that we won the game today, but give a lot of credit to him. It’s going to be a lot of fun watching these two teams play over the next few years.”

UCLA ended its season with a record of just 3-9, but the Bruins played better in the second half of the season and scored a highlight win against USC, which put the rival Trojans on the brink of not being bowl-eligible (which became official with a loss to Notre Dame). Despite the record, UCLA became a fun team to watch, and Shaw certainly seemed to agree with that sentiment. Of course, Shaw also is taking a shot at USC, whether he intended that to be the case or not.

Stanford and UCLA have met in the Pac-12 Championship Game once, with the Cardinal topping the Bruins 27-24 in 2012. That was UCLA’s last appearance in the game. Stanford has played in the game three times since.

Finalists announced for major college football awards

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Bowl season is approaching in college football, which means awards season is also approaching. On Monday, the finalists for the major college football awards except the Heisman Trophy — basically, the Heisman for each side of the ball and/or position — were revealed, leading up to the 28th annual Home Depot College Football Awards show on ESPN.

There’s a lot to get to here, so let’s dive right in:

Bednarik Award (top defensive player)
Josh Allen, Kentucky
Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Previous winner: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Biletnikoff Award (top wide receiver)
Andy Isabella, Massachusetts
Jerry Juedy, Alabama
Tylan Wallace, Oklahoma State
Previous winner: James Washington, Oklahoma State

Lou Groza Award (top kicker)
Cooper Rothe, Wyoming
Andre Szymt, Syracuse
Cole Tracy, LSU
Previous winner: Matt Gay, Utah

Ray Guy Award (top punter)
Braden Mann, Texas A&M
James Smith, Cincinnati
Mitch Wishnowsky, Utah
Previous winner: Michael Dickson, Texas

John Mackey Award (top tight end)
T.J. Hockeson, Iowa
Albert Okwuegbunam, Missouri
Kaden Smith, Stanford
Previous winner: Mark Andrews, Oklahoma

Maxwell Award (player of the year)
Will Grier, West Virginia
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Previous winner: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Davey O’Brien Award (top quarterback)
Garnder Minshew, Washington State
Kyler Murray, Oklahoma
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama
Previous winner: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Outland Trophy (top interior lineman)
Christian Wilkins, Clemson
Jonah Williams, Alabama
Quinnen Williams, Alabama
Previous winner: Ed Oliver, Houston

Jim Thorpe Award (top defensive back)
Deandre Baker, Georgia
Julian Love, Notre Dame
Greedy Williams, LSU
Previous winner: Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

Doak Walker Award (top running back)
Travis Etienne, Clemson
Darrell Henderson, Memphis
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin
Previous winner: Bryce Love, Stanford

Wuerffel Trophy (top community servant)
David Blough, Purdue
Dalton Risner, Kansas State
Drue Tranquill, Notre Dame
Previous winner: Courtney Love, Kentucky

The Home Depot College Football Awards will air Thursday, Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. ET from the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta.