Blog Entry 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

Posted on: September 15, 2008 10:56 am

While Southern California is ruling the college football world as the No. 1 ranked team in the 120 and Oregon is hanging tough at 3-0, the rest of the Pac-10 isn't so fortunate.

Seven of the conference's 10 teams lost this weekend with three teams falling more than 20 spots and if this trend continues, the Pac-10 is going to have a hard time filling all its bowl slots. After the BCS, the Pac-10 has six bowl slots to fill, meaning teams from the MAC, MWC and WAC could slide in to fill if the Pac-10 doesn't get enough bowl-eligible teams.

Falling the farthest was UCLA and California, each dropping 24 spots.

The Bruins went from No. 25 to No. 49 after getting smoked by BYU 59-0, while California dropped from No. 27 to No. 51 after losing to Maryland. The Terrapins were ranked No. 99 before the game after losing to Middle Tennessee State the week before.

"When you take a tail-whipping like we took, the first thing you want to do is throw away the tape," UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel said. "The second thing is to analyze it ad nauseam because you have to fix it."

UCLA will have a chance to fix it against another conference faller as it plays Arizona this week. The Wildcats dropped 21 spots from No. 54 to No. 74 after losing to New Mexico, which came into the game at 0-2.

One of the biggest shockers of the weekend was No. 14 Arizona State losing to UNLV in overtime. The Las Vegas Review-Journal is calling it one of the biggest wins in UNLV history and UNLV coach Mike Sanford declared it "the biggest win of my life."

The Sun Devils fell 12 spots from No. 14 to No. 26 and now have to take on Georgia this weekend.

Could they have been caught looking ahead?

"It was a nightmare," coach Dennis Erickson said. "It’s sickening. It starts with me. I didn’t have them ready to play. I’ll take the blame."

The bottom-feeders of the conference -- Washington and Washington State could both be in for a long season. Washington dropped 15 spots from No. 79 to No. 94, while Washington State dropped from No. 101 to No. 105. Stanford fell from No. 56 to No. 64 after losing to TCU 31-14.

It wasn't all bad news for the Pac-10, Oregon State moved up two spots after beating Hawaii.

Undefeated teams to keep an eye on:

Iowa -- improved to 3-0 and moved up from No. 52 to No. 43.

Nebraska -- improved to 3-0 and moved up from No. 53 to No. 44.

Ball State -- improved to 3-0 and moved up from No. 65 to No. 55.



Category: NCAAF
Tags: Pac-10

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 23, 2008 10:45 am

Reality of USC, OU and the SEC

I'm sick of all the USC has solidified their BCS NC game spot talk. First, OU and any SEC team should EASILY pass up USC on sos alone. You play Ohio State. That's it, they aren't even good. If there is any truth to BCS rankings and polls, USC will get passed up by the Big-12 and SEC champions as it should be at season's end, oh, but the media storm that will enuse will be unbelievable. The whining from the worthlessly over populated state of Californnia JUST might be enough to have the BCS seriously consider a playoff system. If USC was so "Great" last season, then why'd they trip on Stanford? Exactly, they're normal just like every other good team, but they play in the much over-hyped Pac-10, which just got exposed. Also, California has a population density on par with China, therefore the media, mainly ESPN, loves watching your heads spin over subjects you don't know, like football. Most real football fans are tired of hearing about USC's "greatness", because in reality, your "greatest" team lost to UT in the NC game, which showed how really normal you really are. I think most Big-12 and SEC fans, those who really enjoy football, will agree that a three way tie between usc, the Big-12 and the SEC goes to the latter two, hands down.

Since: Oct 8, 2007
Posted on: September 21, 2008 6:43 am 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

Right on, cAtZ! Fire it up!!! They are the Mtn WORST - LMAO!

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 6:28 pm 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

Earth to Mr. Brodsky, we were discussing the rough weekend the PAC-10 had and not which completely over-rated Florida team is better.

There is more to America than Florida.  In fact, 13 of the Top 25 in the AP poll are teams located WEST of the Mississippi River.


Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 6:14 pm 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

The PAC-10 is terrible, ok, how is it that a PAC-10 team (a non-USC team) the Oregon Ducks, has had the highest number of quarterbacks drafted to the NFL since 1997? 

How is it that the PAC-10 is 9-6 vs. the SEC over the past ten years?

How is it that you inbred fools from 'Bama are still living through Bear Bryant?

Can't you find a way to be arguing for your team as opposed to the conference you belong to.  It is quite pathetic when your only argument is that your CONFERENCE kicks ass and not your team. 

At least Pete Carroll is relevant for his team and not the PAC-10.  Bama is great because of the SEC, Bear Bryant (who died 25 years ago), and Nick Saban.  Woohoo!

Enjoy your mom/sister's cooking Mr. Roll Tide Saban, I can hear the banjo music from Deliverance calling you home.

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 5:05 pm 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

Really? Anyone (i.e.--New Mexico) can win a home game when the other team gives away the ball 5 times. What makes you think a team that now has a 1-2 record is "better than most teams in the PAC-10? "One weekend does not make a season and when its all said and done, the PAC-10 will send more teams to better bowls than the Mountain Worst.

Since: Apr 23, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 3:26 pm 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

Oh haters, haters, haters, again the douche bags from the east coast have to jump all over the PAC-10 after a rough weekend.  It is ok we will watch once again as the PAC-10 gets two teams into the BCS bowls.  Yes it was a terrible weekend for the PAC-10 but you make it sound like it is the end of the conference.  <o:p></o:p>

<o:p> </o:p>

To recap: <st1:placename w:st="on">Ohio</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">State</st1:placetype> got crushed after barely escaping <st1:placename w:st="on">Youngstown</st1:placename>
; <st1:placetype w:st="on">State</st1:placetype> and <st1:state w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Ohio</st1:place></st1:
state>, Purdue should have beaten my Ducks because the Ducks pissed most of the game away.  Illinois barely escaped Louisiana-Lafayette by a field goal (Louisiana who?), Indiana is getting talk because of a 2-0 start against Murray State and Western Michigan (those are high schools right?), Iowa has crushed Maine (not a D-1 A school) and FIU, yeah that one always ranked dead last in the entire country, Michigan State lost to Cal (who just lost to Maryland), they have beaten Eastern Michigan and FAU, then you have Michigan, tough loss to Utah (should've won), a single win against Miami (Ohio), and a loss to Notre Dame who barely beat San Diego State, and then there is Minnesota, 3-0 with wins against Northern Illinois, Bowling Green, and Montana State (wow can you say cupcake non-conference), next in line is Northwestern which looks good also on paper at 3-0 but those were against Syracuse, Duke, and Southern Illinois (wow, another cupcake party), ok now it is time for Penn State, jury is still out on whether they are legit, they are 3-0 against, drum roll please...  Coastal Carolina (who?), Oregon State (bottom of PAC-10), and Syracuse, ok they might be good, but still no quality wins yet, shifting gears to Purdue, beat up on Northern Colorado and then lost a game they should have won against the Ducks, last but not least is Wisconsin who might be the only legit team here with wins against Akron, Marshall, and Fresno State a top 25 team.  So we are looking at a conference with one legit team (<st1:state w:st="on">Wisconsin</st1:state>), and two wannabe's with <st1:placename w:st="on">Ohio</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">State</st1:placetype> and <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Penn</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">State</st1:placetype><
/st1:place>, and yet we are scrutinizing the PAC-10 this closely.<o:p></o:p>


So your one legit team beat Fresno State a perennial PAC-10 non-conference scheduler and two pathetic D-1 A teams Marshall and Akron, and your two wannabes have one quality win between them, against Oregon State (the other wins: Youngstown State, Ohio, Coastal Carolina and Syracuse).  And the PAC-10 sucks?!?!<o:p></o:p>

<o:p> </o:p>

We have one legit team for sure too, USC with a non-conference schedule that includes Notre Dame, Virginia, and oh yeah <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:placename w:st="on">Ohio</st1:placename> <st1:placetype w:st="on">State</st1:placetype><
/st1:place>.  We have a couple of teams that are looking to be legit too, the Ducks and Sun Devils will be there.  But seriously, we would have more wins if we scheduled enough cupcake teams to feed <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">America</st1:place></s
t1:country-region>’s entire contingent of girl scouts.  Kudos to the Big 10.

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 12:46 pm 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

OK, I hope you're right...I would love nothing more than for Coug fans everywhere to say to me, "See, I told you he was the right hire".  At least we SHOULD get a win this weekend against Portland State.  I'm a little scared to see how many fans will be there, though. 


Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 11:55 am 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

get real you idiot the pac 10 caouldnt hang with the sec in any way shape or form whens the last time the sec only had 1 good team like the pac 10 does every year oh yeah never

Since: Sep 10, 2008
Posted on: September 17, 2008 11:44 am 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

florida state has the talent to compete with the gators just not the experience they however will take the top spot 6ak next year 6ut for this year

#1 florida gators - my pik to win the nc

#2 florida state -win acc go to orange

#3 south florida - will win 6ig east go to orange

#4 miami - 2nd acc coastal

#5 ucf - 2nd usa east losing to east carolina

#6 fau - winning sun 6elt

#7 fiu - 6th sun 6elt

Since: Oct 15, 2007
Posted on: September 17, 2008 11:26 am 120 -- Pac-10 has rough weekend

That was too harsh calling you a bad Coug, I appologize for that.

Still though I disagree.  The basketball team was still terrible the first 2 years that Dick and Tony Bennett arrived in Pullman... why?  Because the previous coach left them with an untalented and undisciplined team.  Wulff is in that same predicament right now.  He stated that when he first arrived on campus his coaching staff was astonished at how many players didn't even know the basics of football and had to teach them simple things like how to get into a 3-point stance... that's the type of thing that should be taught in HIGH SCHOOL, a D-1 coach shouldn't have to do that type of stuff.  Because of those types of factors they have been limited in how much time they could spend teaching the new offense.

Also, I believe that the spread no-huddle offense he ran at EWU is a PERFECT fit for the Pac-10.  This is a conference built around QB's airing it out and scoring lots of points.  Arizona and Oregon already run this offense and are successful with it.  If Wulff had brought a Power-I or Wishbone style offense then I would agree that it's not a good fit but that's not the case, right now he simply doesn't have the personnel necessary to run this offense but when he gets his own guys in there (most notibly a decent QB and hopefully an O-line that can block) we will be putting up tons of points.

All I'm saying here is give the guy more than 3 games before you call for his head.  I know they've been ugly games but still, give the guy some time.  The AD was right on when he hired our basketball coaches to turn that program around, right?  Maybe, just maybe, he knows what he's doing here too.  This year is not going to be good for our football program, we all knew that long before the season started.  This is a rebuilding year and he's starting from ROCK BOTTOM.  It will be a gradual process and it will probably be the 2010 season before they are able to have any decent shot at success.  After 3 years if they are still bad then I'll join you in calling for Wulff's head but as for right now we need to show patience and support our Cougs, I truly believe that they will turn the program around but it will take some time.

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