If an expanded Pac-12 wants a more lucrative TV package in place when the current package expires, it will need to have new media markets — say, Denver and Salt Lake City — and a new conference championship game already lined up. For CU to make the move, it would need to give notice to the Big 12 by July 1 of this year or face increasingly onerous financial penalties for providing less notice. Last summer, the SEC signed a 15-year, $2.25 billion deal with ESPN to go with its 15-year, $825 million deal with CBS. The Pac-10's current five- and six-year deals are worth a comparative pittance — about $275 million. So you can see why it would want to add amenities — a football championship game, two big media markets in a new time zone — before sitting down with the TV networks to talk about a new deal.
The Pac-10? Colorado might have to move to the RMAC to get a road victory. The Buffs dropped their 34th consecutive Big 12 road game here on Saturday, a 68-51 loss to No. 9 Kansas State at Bramlage Coliseum Jeff Bzdelik, in his third season, is still left wondering what it will feel like to fly back to Boulder victorious. CU is 0-21 in road conference games under his watch. "I don't think we played with heart," Alec Burks said after scoring 17 points and grabbing a team-high six rebounds for CU. "You have to have heart to play this game, and I felt like we lost it."
Diante Jackson, WR, RFr: Many thought Jackson would offer immediate help to the Ducks' receiving corps as a true freshman, but, instead, he was a scout team star last year. The Ducks are looking for a dynamic, play-making presence at wideout and Jackson might be the guy.