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Struggling USF hoping to end Pitt's season

TAMPA, Fla. — South Florida's season won't end with a bowl appearance, and the Bulls would like to ruin any chance Pittsburgh might have of finishing an underachieving year of its own on a positive note.

Pitt (5-6, 2-4) can become eligible for a postseason berth by winning the final conference game the Panthers will play before moving from the Big East to the ACC next fall. USF (3-8, 1-5) is hoping to undermine that prospect while maybe also saving coach Skip Holtz's job.

The Panthers have rebounded from an 0-2 start to get themselves into position to possibly earn a bowl berth for the fifth straight year. The Bulls have been in a downward spiral, losing eight of nine, since beating Chattanooga and Nevada to begin their third season under Holtz.

Pac-12 commissioner says league at ‘optimal size'

STANFORD, Calif. — Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott says the conference is at an optimal size and is unlikely to expand in the foreseeable future.

While other leagues pursue further expansion, Scott said before Friday night's conference championship between No. 8 Stanford and No. 17 UCLA that members are happy with its current size — for now. He also said so-called 16-team super conferences would not force the league to expand.

The first year of the conference's $3 billion, 12-year contract with Fox and ESPN brought in more money and exposure than the league ever had. While a deal between the Pac-12 Networks and DirecTV is still in limbo, Scott said the conference has contracts with more than 50 distributors around the country, including four of the other top five carriers.

Cincy, UConn both playing for something

STORRS, Conn. — A month ago, when Connecticut was 3-6 and Cincinnati had questions at quarterback, few expected this season-ending matchup to have bowl and Big East championship implications.

But the Bearcats (8-3, 4-2 Big East) will have a chance for a share of their second straight conference title when they visit East Hartford today to play a UConn team that is coming off upset wins over Pittsburgh and Louisville.

UConn (5-6, 2-4) also has motivation. A third straight improbable win would make the Huskies bowl eligible for the fifth time in six seasons.

With Louisville's win over Rutgers on Thursday, Cincinnati can tie the Scarlet Knights, Syracuse and the Cardinals with a 5-2 conference record.

But because they have lost to both Louisville and Rutgers, the Bearcats have no chance to get the conference's BCS bowl berth.

Oklahoma goes to TCU with Big 12 chance

FORT WORTH, Texas — There is a clear-cut scenario that will guarantee Oklahoma getting into a BCS game.

That would include the Sooners being in the unusual position of pulling for Texas.

But 12th-ranked Oklahoma (9-2) has to first win its regular-season finale today, a pre-noon kickoff at TCU.

The Sooners are assured at least a share of the Big 12 title with a win over the Horned Frogs (7-4), the two-time BCS buster in its inaugural Big 12 season.

If the Sooners win their game, they should be back in Norman in time to watch tonight's game between No. 7 Kansas State and the 23rd-ranked Longhorns.

Wins by Oklahoma and Texas would make the Sooners outright Big 12 champs and send them to their ninth BCS game under coach Bob Stoops.

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