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Its that time of year -- the final stretch -- when the Pac-12s nine-game conference schedule comes up. Basketball Jerseys Outlet .Washington is undefeated, at No. 4 in the AP Top 25 , and at No. 5 in the first College Football Playoff rankings. The Huskies appear to have a good shot at one of the four playoff spots -- if all the pieces fall into place.Last season, Stanford, with one loss on the road in the opener against Northwestern, looked like a possible contender for one of the four playoff spots, if only the Cardinal could finish strong. The Ducks proved to be spoilers, upsetting the Cardinal 38-36 at Stanford Stadium on Nov. 14.That sparked discussion about the leagues nine-game schedule. In the Power Five conferences, the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference play eight-game slates. The Big Ten went to nine games this season.The nine-game schedule has been criticized because its obviously more difficult, and theres less likelihood that a team will finish undefeated -- which therefore lowers the odds of getting coveted playoff berths. That challenges a conference where some key matchups are played late, impacting visibility.On the other side, there are those who say the tougher schedule, paired with a conference championship, creates better teams.We discuss it every couple of years, it comes up, Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott said this weekend. I think with the new college football playoff we were thinking, `Is this the best model? Is there a different model? But I think we all believe strength of schedule will be rewarded by the selection committee if there are teams with similar records.That said, Scott said hed like to see the other conferences rise to the nine-game level.Across the league, coaches said theyd just like it to be equal -- at either eight or nine games -- across all conferences.If I just give you my own opinion of it, its pretty simple for me: All Power 5 teams should do the exact same thing. If they dont, its not fair. That being said, they all dont. Because its very, very difficult when you say youre going to play nine games within your schedule and then youre going to go beat each other up. But if everybody else is beating each other up, then I think its fine, Oregon State coach Gary Andersen said.Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham agreed: I dont lobby for it, but in my opinion all the Power 5 conferences should play the same amount of conference games and make it a level playing field and some standardization there. Because when you play a ninth game that gives everyone in the conference a chance to get another loss.Whittingham took it a step further, saying that hed like to see the playoffs expanded so that all the conference champions get in.To me it doesnt make any sense to not have a level playing field and then not have every champion get in. It doesnt make sense to me at all, he said.If were all feeding into a playoff system lets just play by the same rules, said Stanford coach David Shaw, who also suggested across-the-board consistency in non-conference scheduling against lower-tier teams.Colorado coach Mike MacIntyre said playing fewer games certainly hasnt hampered the SEC -- raising the point that the conference likely wont fix something that isnt broken for them.I think its a good thing that we do it, but I dont know if its really an advantage or not. I think its more talk that they keep playing those eight games and nothing happens, MacIntyre said.Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez said the nine-game schedule means that theres uneven home and away games, which also seems inequitable.The only thing about nine is there are five on the road and four at home, so its uneven every year and not every Power 5 conference has that, he said. That, and the championship game, makes the road to the playoffs so much harder in our league than maybe in others.The Huskies play at California this weekend, then host USC and Arizona State. The key game for Washington could turn out to be the Apple Cup rivalry game on Nov. 25 against Washington State, which popped into the AP rankings this week.It was no surprise that Washington coach Chris Petersen said he was in favor of uniformity across the conference landscape.I think so. And I know everyones conference is different, but I think you just look at the NFL and its pretty cut and dry. Theres only 32 teams, but everybodys doing the same thing, he said. And so how can you make it as much the same thing? Well, lets play the same amount of conference games, at least, so were on the same page there.---AP Sports Writer Tim Booth in Seattle, AP Sports Writer Kareem Copeland in Salt Lake City, and AP freelancers Monica Costello in Colorado and Michael Wagaman in California, contributed to this report. Cheap Chicago Bulls Jerseys China .Y. - New York City has been selected to host the NBA All-Star weekend in 2015, with the game played at Madison Square Garden and the slam dunk contest and other skills events held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Cheap Brooklyn Nets Jerseys China . -- Derrick Rose shook off poor shooting early to hit clutch shots late and Carlos Boozer had 20 points and 13 rebounds to lead the Chicago Bulls to a 104-95 preseason victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Wednesday night. http://www.cheapbasketballchina.com/ . Bryzgalov stopped 25 shots on Saturday in the Oklahoma City Barons 4-1 victory over the Abbotsford Heat. The Oilers signed Bryzgalov to a one-year $2 million contract last Friday after shedding payroll by dealing defenceman Ladislav Smid to the Flames. GOIANIA, Brazil -- Coach Luiz Felipe Scolari said Brazils victory over France in its last match before the Confederations Cup has put the team on the right track to win the World Cup warm-up tournament for the third time in a row. Without playing superbly, Brazil showed enough improvement on Sunday in its 3-0 win compared to past matches to end its official preparations for the Confederations Cup on a high note. "We needed this victory," Scolari said. "It gave us more confidence just at the right time." Brazil opens the Confederations Cup against Japan on Saturday in Brasilia, the nations capital. It will then face Mexico and Italy in the group stage. Brazil has won the tournament three times in total: in Saudi Arabia in 1997, in Germany in 2005 and in South Africa in 2009. "This victory is a good first step for us as we approach the Confederations Cup," the coach said. "It shows we have a competitive team which can contend for the title." Brazil had some disappointing results after Scolari returned to the national team in December. It had previouslt won only one match -- against Bolivia -- and drawn with Italy, Russia and Chile. The team also played England twice, losing 2-1 in London and drawing 2-2 at the revamped Maracana last week. Sundays result in the southern city of Porto Alegre ended Brazils 21-year winless run against France, and gave the "Selecao" its first victory over a former World Cup champion in nearly foour years. Cheap Charlotte Hornets Jerseys China. "After this victory the players will feel more confident," Scolari said. "They know of their potential and now they know that this team can win." Chelsea playmaker Oscar and substitute midfielders Hernanes and Lucas scored Brazils goals at the Arena Gremio. "The players who got in finished what the others had started," Scolari said. "Its good to know that we have balance in the squad." The coach said the victory was also important to get the fans to support Brazil again following the series of poor results. The national team was loudly jeered recently at home and Scolari has been calling for the publics support, saying it will be crucial to play well. "Our fans reacted wonderfully in a difficult match against a good team like France," Scolari said. "We need this push from them." Local media also praised the national team. "Brazil wins and gains strength for the Confederations Cup," read an O Globo newspaper front-page headline on Monday. Scolari said having the team practicing together for a longer period played a role in the teams improvement. "We had seven days together and now we will have another week, which will certainly make a difference again," the coach said. Scolari said he will likely play the same 11 from the France match in the opener against Japan. Brazil hasnt won a significant title since the 2009 Confederations Cup in South Africa. ' ' '
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