Oregon is Pac-12 favorite after Mariota’s return

Oregon linebacker Derrick Malone, left, and quarterback Marcus Mariota pose for a photo at the Pac-12 NCAA college football media days at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo)

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Although Marcus Mariota knew he would be under a spotlight when he stepped onto the famed Paramount Studios lot Wednesday, the Oregon quarterback is getting quite comfortable in

Boise favored to win Mountain West again

DARIN OSWALD / Idaho Statesman file Boise State is favored to win the Mountain Division of the Mountain West this season, while Fresno State is expected to win the West Division, which means they could meet in the league title game in December. Last year, the two rivals met during the regular season in California, with the Bulldogs winning 41-40.

LAS VEGAS — The Boise State football program has dominated the Intermountain region to such a degree that no team in the Mountain West’s Mountain Division has beaten the Broncos in 17 years.

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