Oregon fans will be trojans, Bruins, Florida State, GT and Auburn fans this week.
Duck fans just need ND to get upset. That is Oregon's chance to get back in NATTY discussion...I really don't think that is enough. They need to win out, and have Stanford lose to still win the Pac-12. Otherwise, it will be a very similar situation as Stanford's last year, where Oregon won the Pac-12, and a one loss Stanford team fell short at #4. If Stanford wins this weekend, Oregon's chances are nil I think. Likewise if Oregon loses to Oregon State obviously. The bottom line will be that their S.O.S will not be strong enough. We could very well see two SEC teams in the NCG once again. I will certainly be interesting to see what happens though should Notre Dame lose...
Why not? Stanford or Oregon. Which would you pick?
I have a friend who is in the athletic dept at USC and he has told me that there will be no teams added right now. a tier system may be coming though. I still need to get more info from him on that.
Oly, as I already said in this thread there will be no teams added to the Pac this year and none added until they are forced to do so if there is some kind of realignment later that moves away from the bowl system.
The problem for the Pac is California. Cali is our Texas in that there is so much fertile recruiting grounds that almost every team can get some gold out of it and it also adds to recruiting to know you will take trips to california every year to play. When the conference went to 12 teams they broke up the ability to tell kids you will play twice in cali every season because we now do not play every team every year. The schedule changes broke up the Cali teams across the north/south, but the cali teams still wanted to be able to all play each other leaving non cali teams less chances to go there. This is something every HC has talked about. Adding more teams would only damage cali trips even more and for what gain? You can say adding more recruiting and TV markets, but the gains don't outweigh the losses IMO. You break up long standing rivalries and hamper your own conference recruiting in favor of adding more grounds. In the case of Texas those grounds are so picked over by all of the conferences with a footprint in it that you wouldn't pick up as much as you would lose.
The Pac growing past 12 is a BAD BAD BAD idea and will NOT happen unless everyone else does it first and forces the Pac to go along.
And those of you picking USC to upset ND this week, you did read that Barkley is out for the game right? You really believe USC will go in with a backup QB and knock of the top team in the nation? This isn't Stanford v Oregon here. ND will play like they have a pair lol.Let's see, USC literally has nothing to lose. You think the throats of these 18 - 22 year olds on ND won't be constricting awfully tight with it all on the line against an arch rival? LOL, OK. I am not saying ND loses, but I would not be remotely surprised if they did either.
The Pac growing past 12 is a BAD BAD BAD idea and will NOT happen unless everyone else does it first and forces the Pac to go along.I have been saying this for ages...the CFB landscape will probably end up with 4 20 team super conferences, and 4 10 team tier 2 conferences. The playoffs will evolve to the top two of the supers, and the winners of the tier 2's, with 4 more at large bids. Just a matter of time...