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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Oooohhhhh, you SEC folk gonna take that???
I respect a confident opinion, however wrong it may be..........
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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.
Hey! What happened to the stadium picture? ;-)
(Must remember to not open this thread when She Who Must Be Obeyed is home...)
I really hate the University of Dollars and Cents, but I have to admit that their Yell Leaders are the Gold Standard.
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! :]
The Pac-10 should kick Stanford out and replace them with Boise State.
Fight on for old SC. Fight on to Victory.....Where’s the white horse?
I could only find the 2006 version, that’s why Walt Harris is still there.
Take good care of TN, are you a VOL’s fan?
>> 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.
But when Florida beats Ohio State 41-14, no-one notices that Florida played Mississippi University of Mining and Glassblowing at Natchez.