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2007 (College Football News) Pac-10 Preview
College Football News ^ | 27 July 2007 | Richard Cirminiello and Pete Fiutak

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 (who’s making a respectable trip to BYU), every Pac-10 team plays a non-conference game against a BCS-league team or Notre Dame. And we’re 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. There’s 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 it’s 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 wasn’t exactly a clean victory.

It doesn’t matter; the league should be applauded for having teams willing to put themselves on the chopping block. This year, the tough games aren’t going to be limited to the non-conference showdowns.

(Excerpt) Read more at cfn.scout.com ...


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Every day until this week, I've been previewing each D-1 : Bowl Subdivision Conference, and today we're previewing the Pac-10. But fasten your seat belts, because Monday, the SEC gets it's turn.
1 posted on 08/03/2007 5:31:18 AM PDT by GOP_Raider
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To: ABG(anybody but Gore); aft_lizard; Archie Bunker on steroids; Auntbee; Bad~Rodeo; Bat_Chemist; ...
(Comment not really necessary, just admire)
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2 posted on 08/03/2007 5:32:40 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (Your one stop shop for all your useless information needs.)
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To: dfwgator; Red Badger; 007girl; Despot of the Delta
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

Oooohhhhh, you SEC folk gonna take that???

3 posted on 08/03/2007 5:34:01 AM PDT by GOP_Raider (Your one stop shop for all your useless information needs.)
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To: GOP_Raider

Wooof!!!


4 posted on 08/03/2007 5:34:28 AM PDT by misterrob (There's no difference between a knee jerk liberal and a knee jerk conservative.)
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To: GOP_Raider
Oooohhhhh, you SEC folk gonna take that???

I respect a confident opinion, however wrong it may be..........

5 posted on 08/03/2007 5:41:52 AM PDT by Red Badger (No wonder Mexico is so filthy. Everybody who does cleaning jobs is HERE!.......)
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To: GOP_Raider; All
Just in case anyone is interested, Sirus Radio 159 The Catholic Channel is having a contest, you might be interested in. Tickets to see the Fighting Irish battle MIchigan State. You do not have to subscribe to Sirus to enter the contest.

Here is a link.

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Here are the details.

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6 posted on 08/03/2007 5:48:41 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: GOP_Raider

Go Ducks!


7 posted on 08/03/2007 5:50:01 AM PDT by showme_the_Glory (ILLEGAL: prohibited by law. ALIEN: Owing political allegiance to another country or government)
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To: GOP_Raider

It’s on.......

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WiloZd1H4ow

:]


8 posted on 08/03/2007 5:51:00 AM PDT by 007girl
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To: 007girl

ACC - Go Georgia Tech. Big 10 needs to step it up a notch. That was bad last year. OSU was so over rated but it all worked out in the end.


9 posted on 08/03/2007 5:56:34 AM PDT by NoDRodee
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To: GOP_Raider

Hey! What happened to the stadium picture? ;-)

(Must remember to not open this thread when She Who Must Be Obeyed is home...)


10 posted on 08/03/2007 6:01:17 AM PDT by L,TOWM ("Protesting Clinton's wars was'nt cool..." - Jeneane Garafolo, 2003)
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To: GOP_Raider

I really hate the University of Dollars and Cents, but I have to admit that their Yell Leaders are the Gold Standard.


11 posted on 08/03/2007 6:05:29 AM PDT by gridlock (WAR IS PEACE / FREEDOM IS SLAVERY / DIVERSITY IS STRENGTH)
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To: NoDRodee

I lived in the ATL for seven years, just moved back to TN. GA’s my second home, so I gotta show Tech and UGA some love! :]


12 posted on 08/03/2007 6:06:15 AM PDT by 007girl
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To: GOP_Raider

The Pac-10 should kick Stanford out and replace them with Boise State.


13 posted on 08/03/2007 6:12:04 AM PDT by Cuttnhorse
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To: GOP_Raider

Fight on for old SC. Fight on to Victory.....Where’s the white horse?


14 posted on 08/03/2007 6:28:59 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: GOP_Raider

15 posted on 08/03/2007 6:42:50 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: dfwgator

I could only find the 2006 version, that’s why Walt Harris is still there.


16 posted on 08/03/2007 6:44:07 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: 007girl

Take good care of TN, are you a VOL’s fan?


17 posted on 08/03/2007 7:02:42 AM PDT by NoDRodee
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To: NoDRodee
You knows it! heehee Image and video hosting by TinyPic
18 posted on 08/03/2007 7:08:41 AM PDT by 007girl
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To: GOP_Raider

>> Oooohhhhh, you SEC folk gonna take that??? <<

Ha! As far as scheduling tough out-of-conference games, the SEC plays mostly jokes. I can’t wait for the big matchup between Florida and the Mississippi University of Mining and Glassblowing at Natchez. But when Florida beats Ohio State 41-14, no-one notices.


19 posted on 08/03/2007 7:10:24 AM PDT by dangus
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To: dangus
To clarify:

But when Florida beats Ohio State 41-14, no-one notices that Florida played Mississippi University of Mining and Glassblowing at Natchez.

20 posted on 08/03/2007 7:12:17 AM PDT by dangus
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To: mware

Why isn’t the Catholic Channel giving away tickets for the Boston College-Notre Dame game?


21 posted on 08/03/2007 7:16:10 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: dangus

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.


22 posted on 08/03/2007 7:17:25 AM PDT by dangus
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To: massgopguy

>> Why isn’t 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...)


23 posted on 08/03/2007 7:18:59 AM PDT by dangus
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To: NoDRodee

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?


24 posted on 08/03/2007 7:21:19 AM PDT by jaycee ("God's love still stands when all else has fallen.")
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To: GOP_Raider

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.


25 posted on 08/03/2007 7:23:41 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: Dog Gone

“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).


26 posted on 08/03/2007 8:18:15 AM PDT by tabsternager
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To: tabsternager

They do have one easy road game at Notre Dame where the final score will be something like USC 143, Notre Dame 0


27 posted on 08/03/2007 8:33:02 AM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: GOP_Raider
Coach on the Hot Seat Bill Doba, Washington State – Easily the league’s most star-crossed program, Washington State has been on the verge of being a player over the last three years, but something always seems to go wrong. A fourth straight season

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, it’s a BCS world and we’re all living in it) with its best D of the current era. Enjoy it now because Carroll will finally get the offer he can’t 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.

28 posted on 08/03/2007 8:52:41 AM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
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To: dangus

Last year, 11 of the Gators’ 14 opponents were bowl teams.


29 posted on 08/03/2007 9:00:57 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: dangus

Applications to USC doubled after the Trojans went to play Hawaii in 2005.

30 posted on 08/03/2007 9:17:36 AM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: mware

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).


31 posted on 08/03/2007 9:23:49 AM PDT by Varda
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To: 007girl

32 posted on 08/03/2007 9:38:31 AM PDT by Despot of the Delta ("Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience")
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To: GOP_Raider

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


33 posted on 08/03/2007 9:44:41 AM PDT by Despot of the Delta ("Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience")
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To: GOP_Raider; Archie Bunker on steroids; aft_lizard
UCLA is remembered for choking late against Notre Dame and being the one team Florida State was able to run over.

Brings a tear to the eye...Ah, memories!

34 posted on 08/03/2007 9:59:53 AM PDT by Bat_Chemist (Prov. 15:1)
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To: Despot of the Delta

heehee!


35 posted on 08/03/2007 10:23:17 AM PDT by 007girl
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To: massgopguy

I dont know, maybe if this goes over well, they will.


36 posted on 08/03/2007 10:47:04 AM PDT by mware (By all that you hold dear..on this good earth... I bid you stand! Men of the West!)
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To: jaycee

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.


37 posted on 08/03/2007 11:36:53 AM PDT by NoDRodee
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To: The Blitherer

“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.


38 posted on 08/03/2007 11:51:00 AM PDT by tabsternager
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To: Despot of the Delta
HaHa, photo is a classic!
39 posted on 08/03/2007 11:52:24 AM PDT by NoDRodee
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To: Despot of the Delta

Ok, who were the two retards who voted Michigan #1?


40 posted on 08/03/2007 12:10:42 PM PDT by Dog Gone
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To: NoDRodee

41 posted on 08/03/2007 12:10:52 PM PDT by Despot of the Delta ("Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience")
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To: Dog Gone

Probably 2 that thought Michigan belonged in the championship game.


42 posted on 08/03/2007 12:18:40 PM PDT by Despot of the Delta ("Never argue with an idiot. They will bring you down to their level and beat you with experience")
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To: BurbankKarl
Why are the USC cheerleaders curvy and the Texas cheerleaders a bunch of flat-chested midgets? I guess flat-chested midgets wouldn't look good in those sweaters and they would be waaaay too hot for Texas weather.
43 posted on 08/03/2007 12:35:19 PM PDT by wolfcreek (2 bad Tyranny, Treachery and Treason never take a vacation...)
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To: Bat_Chemist

They didn’t choke. They chased the ND QB all over the field for 58 minutes. Then their brilliant coach went into a prevent defense, and ND picked them apart. My blood still boils over that one.


44 posted on 08/03/2007 12:38:31 PM PDT by bruin66 (Time: Nature's way of keeping everything from happening at once.)
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To: GOP_Raider

Random observation: The University of Tennessee has the hottest cheersqealers. I think an investigtion would confirm.


45 posted on 08/03/2007 12:43:44 PM PDT by Dysart
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To: Dog Gone

“They do have one easy road game at Notre Dame where the final score will be something like USC 143, Notre Dame 0”

That post will surely get you flamed by our Irish friends - How about 43 to nothing? I’d be happy with that one...


46 posted on 08/03/2007 12:45:57 PM PDT by rockthecasbah (He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat.)
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To: Bat_Chemist

That’s ok, at least UCLA won the one game that mattered.


47 posted on 08/03/2007 12:49:55 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: GOP_Raider

My prediction. USC vs Michigan in the BCS Championship Game.

I just think the SEC is going to be too brutal this year for any SEC team to emerge unscathed.


48 posted on 08/03/2007 12:52:28 PM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: L,TOWM

-hijack thread-

I see you are back. Did you ever post a report on your trip?

-/hijack-


49 posted on 08/03/2007 12:53:38 PM PDT by PAR35
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To: Despot of the Delta

Really clever picture, but I just can’t remember USC ever claiming the 2003 season BCS Championship. I guess I must have missed it.


50 posted on 08/03/2007 1:00:50 PM PDT by The Blitherer (What would a Free Man do?)
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