Plus, thoughts on every other Pac-12 game...
Ducks with 14 penalties for 135 yards!
That *will* become an issue at a key moment/game if not cleaned up massively
I think it’s going to be a fun ride for the Duck fans.
Why does the east coast press hate the PAC 12?
Why is Oklahoma over ranked every year?
How did Colorado get so bad? (Beavers of the 80’s)
Why does Alabama stack their first 3 games with trash?
And other dumb questions.
Gameday in Eugene for UCLA if both take care of business?
To paraphrase a Zen master: "The only way to know Stanford is to be a Stanford person". The rest of us (including a lot of us wanna-bees) must breathe. Namaste
Things that most fans didn't expect from UCLA this week: Unranked Bruins beating the 15th ranked Huskies. UCLA made it to the red zone every time they had the ball in the first half. Thompson-Robinson was the better QB in every level. QB Penix ha 2 interceptions. Huskies had too many penalties, fumbled in their own end zone, resulting in a Bruin TD.
Thanks for the comments on Stanford. Bob Bowlsby is a really smart guy picking Jim Harbaugh and then David Shaw to turn the Stanford program around. Some other ADs in the past would have gone for Greg Roman or Vic Fangio and would have had to fire them after wasting three or four years. The problem Shaw is having is that his formula is no longer working, particularly with the transfer portal. He's a victim of it and can't profit from it. It's hard enough to do the academic work at Stanford let alone try to do it as a transfer. Almost everyone is majoring in computer science or engineering now days. No Micky Mouse classes anymore.
Great recap! Man… SC & Utah are scary. Big tests coming. You’re right. These next 6 are going to jack with my blood pressure. Thanks again as always.
This conference is highly entertaining again. Can't wait for Oregon/Zona, USC/WSU, and Utah/UCLA next week.
It's a shame this is ending right when it started getting good again.
I like some of what I saw Saturday night, But I hated some too...I have to wonder if Lanning actually has the attention of his players. 135 yards in penalties is just embarrassing, stupid, and shows a complete lack of discipline. ALL of which is coaching... Or lack of. The next idiotic Duck personal foul or unsportsmanlike penalty, should warrant the bench for at least a half and running stadiums at 5 am. The next false start penalty should entail running stadiums at 5 am. The Oregon player's lack of discipline is keeping the opposition in the game. Which brings me to the grandstanding by this group...it's gone beyond celebrating, and is now taunting, chest pounding running to the center of the field and yelling look at me B.S. Before long that crap is going to cost them a game if Lanning & crew doesn't get a handle on it soon. John called it sloppy, I call it a complete lack of discipline.
I am surprised you haven't addressed the penalties. I recorded the game because we had dinner out with friends and watched the game when I got home I almost turned it off in disgust when I saw how many damned penalties they had in the first quarter. As many as most teams have in a whole game! What's the cause? Stupidity? Or poor coaching? The guys who were committing them were, for the most part, veterans. Against a better team than Stanford that would have been suicide.
Great insight about Stanford, JC. We have friends here in NZ, a couple who met as Students at Stanford with adult children. She's a doctor and he a political consultant. They love Stanford and "Coach Shaw", as they call him. Told us they are glad their boys chose not to play football but would entrust them to David Shaw. They are not calling for a coaching change on The Farm.
I watched the game well past my bedtime and I thought the Fox Sports production was very mediocre. It was obvious the announcers were not even in the stadium and the sound was terrible.
I hope the PAC 10 or whatever we up being will sign with ESPN....still the Gold Standard in game productions.
I love the dangerously unpredictable Bo Nix! I love the culture that Lanning is building there. I hope he stays forever like Whittingham has done at Utah.
UTAH dominates the line of scrimmage. On both sides of the ball. As a former college offensive lineman and high school offensive line coach I watch the game differently than the average viewer and analyze game film seven days a week.
I challenge everyone to watch UTAH’s line play. Also, Lanning is building a kick ass defensive line. The Ducks have fundamentally changed the way they move on the DL. Give it a couple of seasons and OMG.
USC will lose to Wazzu, UTAH and UCLA.
The defense sucks.
Has Furd jumped into the NIL world, if not there's one big reason they're struggling.
If Oregon looses Nix to injury they are in a world of hurt because the drop off to #2 QB
is massive and where is #3?
Dorlus reminds me a little of Ndamukong Suh...plays with a serious attitude much like
most D-linemen in the SEC. I hope Lanning can figure out the difference between the passion
and being out of control.
RE: OSU and their QB situation. You raised an interesting question yesterday John about Coach Smith and his lack of qb transfer portal interest or success. Yes, JT Daniels visited, but one has to wonder if this will change next year. Fun fact: Three (3) former USC quarterbacks are starting around the country: JT Daniels-West Vir., Kedon Slovis- Pitt and Jaxson Dart-Ole Miss. Dave M