Some Sunday thoughts...
"Stone cold". "Brass balls". "Steely determination" Whichever euphemism you want to use, fits. This is why I love Coach Smith, a new and improved version of Dennis Erickson. Aggressive and fearless to the end. I love the way he played Tedford with the timeouts and play changes. I am sure his players do, too.
Loving your articles, reading everyone,,, sometimes twice!
Go Beavers.......................and the Baltimore Orioles also
It looks like another Pac-12 season of cannablism is being cooked up again. I wonder how many conference losses the Pac-12 champion will have in December.
People seemed to be worried about what would happen to the 10 remaining Pac-12 teams, especially OSU and WSU, while the Big 10 played Asteroids with the conference.
In the meantime, the "B1G" looks like their teams are imploding and OSU and WSU are making a statement.
Nebraska just fired Scott Frost. I feel bad for Frost, as the problems at Nebraska go way beyond just him. UCLA and Chip Kelly should be taking a long, hard look at what's happened to the Cornhuskers since moving over to the B1G. If the Bruins stayed put the Pac-12 could just replace USC with SD State and call it good. Honestly, USC should reconsider too now that access to the playoff is being expanded, and this move is a complete loser for all sports beyond football, and maybe men's basketball. Hopefully the Pac-12 is also getting media rights numbers for a conference that still includes one or both of the LA schools.
Glad Beavers are playing in Multnomah Stadium! My brother took me to lots of those games in the good old days of Joe Francis! Haven’t liked the Orange & Black since. Go Ducks!!
The photo I liked best was the one not taken. Me in the alumni band.
Good one!! Listening to Mike Parker, reach for the radio to turn it off 4 or 5 times. Kept thinking one more play. I believe Mike was the happiest person in that stadium at the end of the game.
Oregon State also was Jeff Tedford's nemesis at Cal in 2007 when the Bears were on the doorstep of being ranked No. 1. All they had to do was win the game and they lost on the last play because of a poor decision by the quarterback. Team and eventually the program feel apart after that and has never recovered.
Luv this article!
John - I'm curious on your thought on how much the Covid season hurt the PAC 12. I know the Big 10 didn’t play either until the final 6 games but the impact on recruiting and perception of recruits as the SEC, ACC and Big 12 played a full season. Gave those teams an entire year to develop including organized conditioning and coaching. I don’t recall if they were allowed to recruit. I was recently speaking to a friend in a Texas that has a son being recruited by several schools including PAC 12 and they told me they eliminated the PAC 12 schools as they are not as committed ( This was before the USC announcement) to playing.
Also I have always found it interesting that The PAC 12 didn't like playing at night but the rest of the country does it all the time. The 4:30 / 5:00 pm PST games in the SEC,ACC and Big 12 that we have all watched for decades is 7:30/6:30 in their time zones. Being a PAC 12 homer living in the SEC land and the Central time zone the reality is this part of the country wouldn’t watch the PAC 12 if it was competing with their conference unless it’s was highly ranked teams playing each other.
Own the late night window
UCLA is headed for Nebraska fate big money but poor team. .Aztec potential Pac12 wannabe has worst team (not talent ) I have seen in 10 years. Could really use a guy like Scott Frost as OC. at San Diego State. (knw averaging 85% yards per game passing The OC as a buddy hire by Hoke. His RPO is RIP.
I hope the Pac 12 comes back!! Just see if jokers ESECPN wake up.
BYU beating #9 Baylor is going to be a 'real' test for Oregon next Saturday.
Going from a Monster to a Cupcake to a 'peer' should tell us where the program is.
The OSU/Fresno game was a lot of fun. Fresno must recruit players that can't make the
academics at P5 schools even though they look the part.
Ward had an uneven game again for WSU, but did a great job at the end and had a nice check-down for the go-ahead TD. Also, the atmosphere in Madison wasn't too much for him, considering the attendance yesterday exceeded the total amount he played in front of all of last season. Also, the Cougs D looks legit. How far could they have gone during Leach's tenure if they could have paired a defense like that with some of those air-raid offenses?
My two locks left are Tamoa Bay plus 3 tonight, and Denver -7 for monday night. Tom Brady has never lost to the Cowgirls and is 6-0 against them. Love my sister a lot, and even though I did not see her, I went 1-1 for college yesterday, and owe her one kiss.. The orange crush will beat the chickens on monday night! Seahawks in toilet, Huskies will be there starting next Saturday, and Mariners might not make play-offs for year 26 in a row. Go Ducks; Huck the Fuskies.