My bowl preview and analysis.
USC and ducks lose. The prima donna expectations weren't met so using the Canzano rule, neither team will put forth its best effort.
Love your articles John. Please update this one after you find out which studs are sitting out games (to stay healthy for the NFL combine).
I'd say 6 of these 7 games are "must see", which is a great rate. Happy to root for the pac in most of these, but nobody should root against Tulane this year. And we'll know by the game whether UCLA is leaving for sure. If they are, no reason to pull for them.
5-2 for the PAC12. UO loses to NC and UW loses to Texas. Big game for OSU. Beating Florida is a statement game for them. Huge for recruiting as well. Go Beavs!
Oregon will show up to play in San Diego. Those dudes have pride- and will appreciate the opportunity to finish on a strong note. Now, if Bo Nix opts out -as Chase Cota just did- this changes the calculus.
For me, I aways hoped for a Utah Rosebowl during my lifetime. Now I want a Rose Bowl win. I grew up in the PAC8 footprint into San Joaquin Valley. Choosing Utah as my alma mater was a master stroke. I LOVE the PAC12, now and forever. Despite the playoff, the Rose Bowl matters!
I only see 3 wins.....Tedford has bulldogs really playing well.
Unless they change the rules and let the crowd take the field I don't think the "Why Texas will win" factor is very strong. I expect JC to have this one as one of the 4 wins.
This is the PAC12’s year. I think the teams from the PAC-12 will win all their games. There is something in the air. It’s an exciting time for every school in a bowl game. And with the positive changes in many of the other football programs, I see great things happening throughout the league. Go PAC-12!!!
Well played John, as Dan Jenkins used to describe it; "they played with a whole lot of want to!"
I will root for any PAC 12 team playing in A bowl game. It’s time the PAC flexed some muscles and proved to the national media what we already know.The PAC 12 is one of the toughest conferences in the country…
Florida is going to get blown out in the Las Vegas Bowl. More than likely, Anthony Richardson, the Gators star QB, will opt out of the meaningless bowl game and prepare for the NFL draft. His backup, 19 year old Jalen Kitna, just got kicked off the team and is facing criminal charges for possession and distribution of child porn (you couldn't make that up). You have to imagine that all of that is going to affect the team in a very adverse manner. Lastly, the game is in Las Vegas, so you have to think that it'll be an overwhelmingly pro-Oregon State crowd.
You asked John so here are my bowl games picks::
Las Vegas----Or St.
Despite the fact these games are heavily impacted by opt-outs, injuries, long layoffs and, as John said, who actually wants to be there....the Pac-12 needs to have a successful bowl season to put a stamp on some of the respectability it regained this season.
John, do u have a Heisman vote?
After learning about Caleb Williams' un- classy message on his fingernails, sure wish he's Not the winner
I like the matchups. I think Penn State is a tough matchup for Utah, but Utah will win on sheer determination (3 pt game). USC has too much talent for Tulane and will win, unless Caleb Williams sits it out. Oregon State with its D beats Florida in another very close game where Martinez gets 120. Washington beats Texas behind Penix. Oregon beats NC, a mismatch, as long as Bo Nix plays. UCLA does not have the game to beat Pitt. Washington State has too much for Fresno State and wins by 8. PAC 12, with 6 teams in the Top 20, goes 6-1