Jon Wilner

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Feb 14

Ranking the best Pac-12 quarterback recruiting classes of the century


The incoming class of quarterbacks to the Pac-12 could be one of its best. So, let's look at its competition.

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Feb 01

Pac-12 Stock Report: Surprise! Chris Petersen is finishing off his 2018 recruiting class with style


Also on the rise: Pac-12 alumni in the Super Bowl (did you know they have more than any other conference?). And falling: United Airlines Memorial Coliseum (you know, that iconic stadium USC plays at?)

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Jan 18

Pac-12 football projections: Washington an obvious favorite, but what about the wide-open South?


It's never too early to pick the Pac-12, especially after the exciting hire of Kevin Sumlin at Arizona. He offered up a idea at his introductory press conference that got Jon Wilner thinking.

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Jan 16

Analysis | Why the Washington Huskies are the clear favorite to win the Pac-12 in 2018


The smoke of the NFL Draft will clear the way for Washington, which represents the Pac-12’s best hope, by far, for reaching the College Football Playoff next season.

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Jan 16

Arizona grades out best in offseason football coaching hires


Relatively speaking, the Wildcats pulled off the best hire of new Pac-12 coaches by adding Kevin Sumlin from Texas A&M. UCLA was not far behind with the hire of Chip Kelly.

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Jan 16

Arizona grades out best in offseason football coaching hires


Relatively speaking, the Wildcats pulled off the best hire of new Pac-12 coaches by adding Kevin Sumlin from Texas A&M. UCLA was not far behind with the hire of Chip Kelly.

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Jan 12

The Pac-12 is getting its own channel on SiriusXM Radio, and we have the details


SiriusXM is creating channels for the Pac-12, ACC and SEC. Is it DirecTV? Nope. Is it something? Actually, it’s more than something.

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Jan 11

Pac-12 Stock Report: Addition of Jacob Eason has the Huskies’ offense on the rise


It could be a five-way duel for Washington's starting QB job in the spring and summer of 2019. Meanwhile, Stanford's D got hit hard by NFL draft departures.

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Jan 09

Analysis | Where does Washington rank in Jon Wilner’s ‘ridiculously early’ top-25 for 2018?


Five Pac-12 teams cracked Jon Wilner's way too early top 25 rankings for 2018, including Washington, which made the top 10.

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Jan 02

Analysis | Why Pac-12 football needs a competition committee for continued success


The Pac-12 needs a competition committee. It's not a reaction to any single development but, rather, to a series of events over the past few months and to football’s position at the heart of the conference’s long-term health in all sports.

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Dec 01

Analysis: Evaluating Oregon State’s hire of Huskies’ offensive coordinator Jonathan Smith


Other names were floated — Jeff Tedford, Beau Baldwin, Jim McElwain — but the Beavers landed on Jonathan Smith and introduced him as their head coach on Thursday.

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Nov 21

Bowl projections: Where will the UW Huskies and WSU Cougars go bowling?


The Huskies are unlikely to play in a New Year's Six bowl, but the Cougars have a chance. Here's a look at the latest bowl projections.

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Nov 16

The 2018 Pac-12 football schedule is out, and it’s better … much better than this season


Sure, the Apple Cup is back on a Friday, but at least the Huskies will be coming off a bye. That alleviates a major problem in the Pac-12's 2017 scheduling.

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Nov 15

Pac-12 bowl projections: Limited New Year’s Six options could force Huskies to Alamo Bowl


The conference would have to place a non-champion in the top six or eight of the final CFP rankings. With only one team, USC, projected for the top 10 this week.

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Oct 17

Did the Huskies and Cougars schedule themselves out of the College Football Playoff?


The Pac-12 no longer has an unbeaten team with Washington and Washington State both going down. So will the conference no longer have a viable shot at reaching the College Football Playoff?

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Oct 09

The Pac-12 did Washington no favors with the schedule, and that was a mistake


The Huskies' schedule accounts for 30-percent of the Pac-12's bye-week scenarios. Here's a look at how that happened, and why it should be avoided in the future.

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Sep 18

Pac-12 weekend wrap: On true contenders, false hopes, big kicks, bad defense and non-conference scoreboard watching


Jon Wilner wraps up the weekend that was in the Pac-12 and gives his thoughts on who's rising and falling in the conference.

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Sep 05

Pac-12 weekend wrap (overreaction edition): UCLA’s epic rally and the perfect weekend


Yes, five of the Pac-12’s opponents were FCS teams and not one of the 11 was ranked. But 11-0 is 11-0, and it’s a lot better than, say, 6-5 with an FCS loss, which is how Week 1 unfolded in 2016 for the Pac-12. It’s also the first perfect Week 1 in the conference’s 12-school era.

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Aug 26

The inside story of the Pac-12 Networks’ impasse with DirecTV


DirecTV and the Pac-12 Networks remain at a stalemate, six years after the network launched. In the Times' first installment of Pac-12 Hotline, Jon Wilner dives into why.

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