Arizona’s Khalil Tate, the true sophomore quarterback out of Inglewood and Gardena’s Serra High, may be the most TV-friendly player this season in the Pac-12 not to get enough TV exposure.
Since taking over at QB for Brandon Dawkins in Week 5, Tate’s last four appearances have been all tucked away for safe keeping on the Pac-12 Network.
This, at a time when a headline in the Washington Post declared him “college football’s player of October.”
Over that time, Tate put up two of the six “best games” statistically in college football’s I-A division, with a “Total QBR” rating of a perfect 100.0 against Colorado in Week 6 – setting an FBS-quarterback rushing record of 327 yards and four touchdowns on only 14 rushes, good for a mind-numbing 23.4 yards per carry. He broke the previous mark of 321 set by Northern Illinois’ Jordan Lynch in 2013. Lynch needed 27 carries to reach that number though, nearly double that of Tate, who was named the Walter Camp National Player of the Week.
UCLA need not be reminded that Tate’s Total QBR rating was 98.7 against it in a Week 7, 47-30 win at Tucson. He ran for a pair of TDs, one of them for 71 yards in the third quarter to pretty much ice the game, and passed for another.
Last week in a win over nationally-ranked Washington State, Tate posted a 95.8 rating.
That changes as USC matches up with Arizona in a 7:45 p.m. ESPN contest.
All of this comes on the heels of Rick Neuheusel, the former UCLA coach fashioning himself as a college football analyst for CBS, admitting that since the Pac-12 doesn’t have a content-sharing agreement with the CBS Sports Net, the channel can’t show highlights of Pac 12 Net games on its “Inside College Football ” show without paying a fee.
“Tate is out,” Neuheisel said. “If you’re watching our show, you don’t know who Khalil Tate is.”
Follow that up with what ESPN’s Chris Fowler tweeted out Saturday night:
When pointed out that Pac-12 Net can be accessed through SlingTV or other smart TV apps, Fowler responded: “We want to gather around a TV. Not huddle around an iPad. Most hotels in places like this lack ‘smart TVs.'”
SBNation.com’s AZDesertSwarm.com also posted some tweets from former Arizona basketball star Damon Stoudamire complaining about the lack of Wildcats exposure.
TheRinger.com has already declared him a Heisman contender. Monday, Tate was added to the list of Maxwell Award semifinalists, with USC’s Sam Darnold and Stanford’s Bryce Love.
After last Saturday, Tate finally had enough reps in to put himself first in the nation in yards per carry (13.4, three better than Love), third in the nation in yards rushing per game (154.3, with 926 yards in six games over just 69 carries and eight TDs). That also puts him ninth nationally in all-purpose yards.
Since both USC and Arizona are alive in the Pac-12 South race, ESPN nabbed them for a late-night Coliseum kickoff. So of those who can stay awake long enough to see Tate, here’s the opportunity before Daylight Savings Time kicks in to give you an extra hour of sleep Sunday morning.
Using the new College Football Playoff rankings, here’s what we have to offer:
== UCLA at Utah, Friday at 6:30 p.m., FS1 (Chris Myers, Ben Leber)
Should be a treat hearing Myers, who usually does a very low-ranked NFL game, get on a college sport with a bunch of Polynesian names. At least Leber, a former Kansas State and NFL linebacker, does some prep work. It’s also a shame ESPN’s Brock Huard isn’t doing this game.
== No. 17 USC vs. No. 22 Arizona at the Coliseum, Saturday at 7:45 p.m., ESPN (Mark Jones, Rod Gilmore, Quint Kessenich)
Surprisingly a game of this import drew such a short straw in the ESPN hierarchy of broadcasters
THE PAC 12
== No. 21 Stanford at No. 25 Washington State, Saturday at 12:30 p.m., Channel 11 (Justin Kutcher, Mark Helfrich, Petros Papadakis)
== Oregon State at Cal, Saturday at 2 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Ted Robinson, Yogi Roth)
== Colorado at Arizona State, Saturday at 6 p.m., Pac-12 Net (Roxy Bernstein, Anthony Herron)
== Oregon at No. 12 Washington, Saturday at 7:30 p.m., FS1 (Aaron Goldsmith, Danny Kannell, A.J. Hawk)
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