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What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

Posted on: October 10, 2010 1:44 am
Edited on: October 10, 2010 3:39 am
 

Posted by Adam Jacobi

1. This conference is Oregon's and nobody else's. The Oregon Ducks didn't look great tonight in their 43-23 win over Washington State -- and they weren't looking great even before Darron Thomas left, either -- but they must be thrilled with the way the rest of the conference shook down tonight. Stanford dispatched USC, and we'll talk about that in a second, and Oregon State knocked Arizona from the ranks of the unbeaten with a 29-27 win. The more the other nine teams of the Pac-10 beat each other up, the easier the Ducks' road to the conference crown becomes. Not like they've needed the help so far.

2. When it matters, USC can't make the stop. Last week, Jake Locker led the Washington Huskies on a last-minute drive against the USC defense, and Erik Folk hit a game-winning field goal to beat the Trojans, 32-31. This week, same scenario: the Trojans score a touchdown to take a 35-34 lead on Stanford with 1:12, and everybody in the stadium knows that's too much time to give Andrew Luck. Sure enough, Stanford drives, Stanford moves the chains over and over, and Luck gets the Cardinal in place with enough time to spare that before the game-winning field goal, Luck had the luxury of running a play where he could down the ball in the middle of the field. Nate Whitaker was true on his kick, and USC found itself on a losing streak. Clearly that can't continue if the Trojans want a better destination than the Emerald Bowl this season.

3. The end zone tackle has got to go. First of all, if you haven't seen the knee injury suffered by James Rodgers, don't. It's gross and heart-breaking. The fact that it came on a tackle in the end zone, two strides past the goal line, only worsens the circumstance. Obviously, Arizona safety Adam Hall was just playing defense and not giving up on the play, but his effort really should have stopped at the strip attempt he made at the goal line--not by dragging Rodgers down five yards in. If the NCAA wants an issue to take up in the offseason, declaring tackling in the end zone after the whistle unnecessary roughness would be a good place to start. 

4. This conference might be Andrew Luck's and Jake Locker's now, but it'll be Ryan Katz's soon. Oregon State's sophomore quarterback Ryan Katz, a first-year starter, is not the best quarterback in the conference. He might get honorable mention. But from Week 1, he's been a surprisingly talented thrower, and he looked as good today against that normally decent Arizona pass defense as he has all season long. Katz had 393 yards and two scores through the air, and he did it without Rodgers for more than 30 minutes of play. As long as Oregon State keeps talented receivers around Katz, he's going to be putting up some huge numbers very soon.

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Comments

Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: October 12, 2010 1:38 am
 

What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

The Pac-10 is the strongest conference in college football this year.  SEC teams are afraid to play the Pac-10
teams and the Big 10 teams that do, usually lose.  An undefeated Missouri barely beat San Diego State from
the Mountain West, Arizona beat Iowa, Arizona State barely lost to Wisconsin, UCLA trashed Texas, while Oregon
desroyed Tennessee.

By the way, should we expect a loss of 30 scholarships to UNC?  There were three tarheel football players that
were getting compensated by agents while there was only from USC.  Clearly, a loss of instituional control at Chapel Hill.



Since: Sep 29, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2010 10:42 pm
 

What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

You can't even beat the BEAVs at home. WEAK! Same old chokin Stoops and Zona. Better concentrate on basketball. SIT DOWN LUTE JR.




Since: Sep 30, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2010 7:50 pm
 

What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

"Nate Whitaker was true on his kick, and USC found itself on a losing streak. Clearly that can't continue if the Trojans want a better destination than the Emerald Bowl this season."
They arent allowed to play in a bowl... so they can win out and wont be in a better destination than the Emerald Bowl anyways.



Since: Dec 16, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2010 7:46 pm
 

What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Arizona will win the conference. 



Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: October 11, 2010 7:13 pm
 

What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

I think D. Thomas will only get better.  He will be running for 100 yards and throwing for over 200 on a consistent basis.  Chip Kelly will make him a freak.  The Katz/Thomas rivalry will be one to watch.




Since: Dec 23, 2009
Posted on: October 11, 2010 2:44 pm
 

What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

Hahaha we definitely play USC down there this year... they changed it a couple years back where all the Pac-10 teams play eachother.
Not sure about the Pac-12 though.



Since: Oct 22, 2007
Posted on: October 11, 2010 6:51 am
 

What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

lol. i'm lovin it too because we dont have to play usc this year.  I mean the usc team that resembles the team we beat last year or three years ago.  



Since: Aug 18, 2010
Posted on: October 10, 2010 10:37 am
 

What I learned from the Pac-10 (Oct. 9)

With their probabion, I don't think the Trojans can even go the the Emerald Bowl this year.  I thought USC had the best defensive staff in all of college football with Monte and Ed O.  Evidently, some of those USC fans were just a bit off base with all of that talk.  I am loving it!


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