Skip to comments.2007 (College Football News) Pac-10 Preview
Posted on 08/03/2007 5:31:12 AM PDT by GOP_Raider
Whether or not you like the Pac-10, you have to give the left coast league its just due for being the BCS conference that does the most for college football
Beyond getting it right by scheduling all the teams to play each other (wake up Big Ten: figure out how to make this happen), it does the best job of pushing itself out of conference.
Outside of Arizona (whos making a respectable trip to BYU), every Pac-10 team plays a non-conference game against a BCS-league team or Notre Dame. And were not talking about showdowns with Duke and Baylor here.
California vs. Tennessee, Oregon vs. Michigan, USC vs. Nebraska, Washington vs. Ohio State and Washington State vs. Wisconsin highlight the non-conference match-ups, and there are plenty of other juicy ones throughout the year. Theres only one embarrassment against a D-IAA team when Oregon State hosts Idaho State.
But does the league get any love east of the Mississippi for playing it tough? No. The national perception is that its still USC and a bunch of other teams. That will only change once the Pac-10 starts winning some of these big match-ups.
Oh sure, Cal blew away Texas A&M in the Holiday Bowl, but the Bears were all but dismissed by the SEC after an opening-day loss to Tennessee. UCLA is remembered for choking late against Notre Dame and being the one team Florida State was able to run over. Even when the non-USCers pulled off a seemingly really big win (Oregon over Oklahoma), it wasnt exactly a clean victory.
It doesnt matter; the league should be applauded for having teams willing to put themselves on the chopping block. This year, the tough games arent going to be limited to the non-conference showdowns.
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Why isn’t the Catholic Channel giving away tickets for the Boston College-Notre Dame game?
I’ll admit it: I’m waiting for the day when the Big East doesn’t get stuck being matched up in bowl games against teams like like Kansas State (7-6, and beaten 37-10 by 11-2 Rutgers), and East Carolina (7-6, and beaten by South Florida, 24-7).
Looking at their schedules, you can’t tell whether they’re playing their bowl games or Week 3 non-conference games.
>> Why isnt the Catholic Channel giving away tickets for the Boston College-Notre Dame game? <<
Because we gave up burning heretics years ago. (Actually, Catholics almost never burnt heretics...)
STICKING MY NOSE IN....I AM A BIG VOLS FAN, ARE YOU? GETTING EXCITED OVER FOOTBALL NOW. IF YOU ARE NOT A VOLS FAN, WHO IS YOUR TEAM?
If USC wins it all, they will have earned it. Their home schedule looks fairly easy. Every team that could give them a good fight is on their road schedule.
“If USC wins it all, they will have earned it.”
As an SC fan, I think they’ve got what it takes to go all the way as long as they don’t get overconfident (as I think they did last year, losing to UCLA and Oregon St).
They do have one easy road game at Notre Dame where the final score will be something like USC 143, Notre Dame 0
It's too bad. I always thought Doba was a good guy. He just hasn't had much success.
This Trojan team will roll its way to its second unquestioned national title under Pete Carroll (sorry 2003 fans, its a BCS world and were all living in it) with its best D of the current era. Enjoy it now because Carroll will finally get the offer he cant refuse from some NFL team ready to give up control. Consider this a lead-pipe lock if the NCAA starts dropping some hamm
You know, usually the pundits wait until the season is a least half over before they start predicting THIS will FINALLY be the year Carroll goes pro. Maybe they figure if they start pushing a little early they could finally convince him to leave.
Last year, 11 of the Gators’ 14 opponents were bowl teams.
Applications to USC doubled after the Trojans went to play Hawaii in 2005.
Thanks for that, I submitted my entry. Michigan St. always gives ND all it can handle; it should be a good game. The atmosphere around ND games is great (those Pep rallys are tremendous fun & I love the announcement of mass times during the games).
The first poll is out today
U.S. Today Coaches Poll
2007 preseason poll
1. Southern California (11-2) 1,481 (45)
2. LSU (11-2) 1,372 (4)
3. Florida (13-1) 1,278 (9)
4. Texas (10-3) 1,231
5. Michigan (11-2) 1,218 (2)
6. West Virginia (11-2) 1,205
7. Wisconsin (12-1) 1,114
8. Oklahoma (11-3) 1,026
9. Virginia Tech (10-3) 1,005
10. Ohio State (12-1) 919
11. Louisville (12-1) 836
12. California (10-3) 763
13. Georgia (9-4) 604
14. Auburn (11-2) 595
15. Tennessee (9-4) 583
16. Rutgers (11-2) 466
17. UCLA (7-6) 454
18. Penn State (9-4) 440
19. Nebraska (9-5) 388
20. Arkansas (10-4) 360
21. Florida State (7-6) 301
22. TCU (11-2) 233
23. Boise State (13-0) 222
24. Hawaii (11-3) 214
25. Texas A&M (9-4) 209
Brings a tear to the eye...Ah, memories!
I dont know, maybe if this goes over well, they will.
No, I’m Georgia Tech fan.
In SEC I pull for Auburn but if the VOLS are playing UGA I’m with you. Go get’m
Love the tag line, there I’m with you.
“You know, usually the pundits wait until the season is a least half over before they start predicting THIS will FINALLY be the year Carroll goes pro. Maybe they figure if they start pushing a little early they could finally convince him to leave.”
I agree — I think Carroll’s made it pretty clear he has no interest in going back to the NFL. With his record at USC and the money they pay him, why should he leave.
Ok, who were the two retards who voted Michigan #1?
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