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Tom Pennington, File, Associated Press
FILE- In this Nov. 14, 2009, file phot, TCU head coach Gary Patterson, left, greets Utah head coach Kyle Whittingham, right, after TCU beat Utah 55-28 in an NCAA college football game in Fort Worth, Texas. The Horned Frogs and Utes have built quite a rivalry in a short time in the Mountain West. Both are undefeated and in BCS contention again, but are now meet as conference foes for the last time.

Does a diluted Mountain West Conference, void of Utah and BYU, still have a chance of earning automatic qualifying status in the BCS? CBSSports.com examines the question. To offset the loss of the Utes (Pac-12) and Cougars (independence), the MWC added Boise State this season. However, the league will lose TCU (Big East) next year.

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— According to the Las Vegas Review-Journal, former Ute J.J. O'Brien is weighing offers from UNLV and San Diego State.

— New Colorado football coach Jon Embree talks about his first Pac-12 meetings. Utah coach Kyle Whittingham is mentioned.

— The San Jose Mercury News takes another look at Pac-12 football and predicts the Utes can finish as high as second or as low as fifth in the Southern Division.

— And finally, ESPN.com's "Hope and Concern" series profiled the Utes last week.

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