A few things …

— Stanford knocked off USC yesterday to win the Pac-12 title, but the Cardinal didn’t get the upsets necessary to wiggle into the College Football Playoff.

The Oregon Ducks needed that to happen to have any chance of getting to the Rose Bowl.

There will be disappointed Oregon fans, but I think this worked out for the Ducks.

I think had they gone to Pasadena they would have been rolled on the big stage once again. I don’t the UO defense is good enough this year to match up.

Sure the Ducks would move the ball and score points. But in the really big games, the defense has to at least be a factor.

As the dominoes fell on Saturday night, it became clear Oregon would play in lesser bowl. As it turns out, the UO bowl destination is San Antonio and an Alamo Bowl matchup with TCU. I think that will be a wild and crazy points-fest the Ducks could win.

It might not feel as satisfying today, but it’s always better to exit the season with a victory.

— Will Oregon State coach Gary Andersen already have to remake his coaching staff?

Possibly.

OSU defensive coordinator Kalani Sitake is on a short list of probable candidates to replace Bronco Mendenhall as BYU’s head coach.

Salt Lake Tribune columnist Kurt Kragthorpe writes that Sitake would be the best choice for the Cougars.

OSU fans should take this seriously, because BYU athletic director Tom Holmoe has a limited pool of candidates from which to make a choice.

The BYU coach has to be a member of the LDS Church in good standing. Sitake fits the criteria. He is a former BYU player, and well regarded inside the state of Utah from his tenure as Utah’s defensive coordinator.

— Portland State’s feel-good season ended last night at Providence Park. The Vikings were ushered out of the FCS Playoffs by Northern Iowa.

The better team won. But that shouldn’t do anything to diminish the accomplishments of this PSU program, which rebounded from 3-9 in 2014 to 9-3 in 2015.

As I wrote in my column from the game, the important thing for PSU is what happens next. Was this a one-season accomplishment? Or can the Vikings build on what they achieved this year and become a regular contender at the FCS level?

OK, more links:

Dwight Jaynes of CSNNW.com: The Vikings lose but find a road map for the future.

Kerry Eggers of the Portland Tribune: PSU quarterback Alex Kuresa provides more highlights, but Northern Iowa wins the game.

Micah Rice of the Columbian: Despite the loss, Vikings coach Bruce Barnum has the ball rolling,

PSU’s season comes to an abrupt end in the FCS playoffs with the loss to Northern Iowa.

Aaron Bailey and Tyvis Smith combine for 407 yards rushing as the Panthers eliminate PSU from the FCS Playoffs.

UNI’s one-two punch is too much for the Vikings.

Panthers use big plays to knock out PSU.

Oregon’s culture won’t change, no matter who becomes offensive coordinator.

The Heisman won’t come Royce Freeman’s way, but Oregon’s running back still had a big season.

Mark Kiszla of the Denver Post: Four-team College Football Playoff is beyond stupid; it’s un-American.

The R-G’s Austin Meek gives you an idea of what might have happened inside the meetings of the College Football Playoff Committee.

Chris Dufresne of the Los Angeles Times: Stanford took care of business, but it wasn’t enough.

Bill Plaschke of the Los Angeles Times: The tough side that USC showed in defeat will pay off down the road.

Mark Whicker of the Los Angeles Daily News: Should Christian McCaffrey win the Heisman? Just ask the Trojans.

SI.com’s Lindsay Schnell: Just hand McCaffrey the Heisman already.

Jeff Miller of the Orange County Register: Heisman-worthy performance sinks the Trojans in the Pac-12 title game.

ESPN.com Pac-12 guru Ted Miller: What didn’t McCaffrey do?

Marcus Thompson II of the Oakland Tribune: Kevin Hogan etches his name on the pantheon of great Stanford quarterbacks.

McCaffrey and Stanford are too much for the Trojans.

McCaffrey leads Stanford past USC to the Rose Bowl.

The McCaffrey Show produces a Pac-12 title for Stanford.

USC can’t catch McCaffrey, loses the Pac-12 title game to the Cardinal.

Fired up Trojans can’t contain McCaffrey.

More Reggie Bush headaches for the Trojans?

Bad ankle doesn’t stop Stanford linebacker Blake Martinez.

Rich Rodriguez will remain at Arizona — at least for now.

Arizona fans express relief as Rodriguez stays at Arizona instead of going to South Carolina.

Cal continues to wait for coach Sonny Dykes.

The Todd Graham coaching tree grows with offensive coordinator Mike Norvell’s departure for Memphis.

Promising, young, offensive linemen at ASU gear up for 2016.

Colorado AD Rick George says it’s time for the Buffaloes to begin winning.

In a Classic Catch 22 situation, Colorado needs more victories to attract better players.

Stunning comeback takes Linfield past Mary Hardin-Baylor in the Division III Playoffs.

Wildcats rally from a three-touchdown deficit.

Southern Oregon again advances to the NAIA title game by beating Morningside.

The links from Duck Sports Now.

The links from Beaver Sports Now.

— Ken Goe

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