Weekly Q&A – Cal answers

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends! Thank you to those who wished me well this Thanksgiving and I hope you’re all having spectacular days full of football, food and good company. I, for one, am thankful for many things, including this space to do a job I greatly enjoy, reliable press box wi-fi and that feature on Twitter that allows you to search and add GIFs. That came in clutch this season.

So to get to your questions:

Jim Mora once yelled out in front of countless media after a USC football game “We own this town.” In your opinion, who owns this town as of Nov. 19, 2016: UCLA or USC? Also, will Texas be knocking on Mora’s door soon?

Like last week, you really shouldn’t need me to point out the obvious. When it comes to the football rivalry, USC has won two games in a row, has a star quarterback who is not only healthy, but captivating much of the West Coast (if not the nation), and recently flipped a local quarterback recruit (Jack Sears) from Duke. UCLA has landed a few blows, like grabbing Greg Rogers, but the scoreboard is trending in USC’s direction right now.

I don’t expect Texas to come after Mora if/when they part with Charlie Strong. Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A – USC answers

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I thought there was some sort of commitment to allow Pac-12 schools to play more games earlier than 7 p.m. this year. Is this true? If so, what happened to the commitment?

Yes, that was the news out of the conference before the season. The idea was that they could schedule Pac-12 Network games at either 2:30 p.m. or 6 p.m. local time to overlap with an ESPN or FOX exclusive TV window. The theory was that because they can now use those time slots, they could reduce the PAC-12 NETWORKS night games (start time later than 7 p.m.) by up to four. So it’s a matter of the fine print and the network the games are appearing on.

Many of the late games this year for the conference have been on ESPN or ESPN2, so they don’t fall into that preseason pledge.

The Pac-12 has actually had the same number of late starts (later than 7 p.m.) this year through 12 weeks as last year: 23. There has been one fewer late game on the Pac-12 Networks this year (five this year, six last year) so that part does fall in line with the preseason statement.

If you’re curious about how they build the TV scheduled each week, here’s a relink to an explainer from earlier in the season. Continue reading

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Weekly Q&A – Oregon State answers

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Is Kennedy Polamalu a good coach? Does he just need time?

When you look at his track record of producing running backs at both the college and NFL level (Reggie Bush, LenDale White, Fred Taylor, Maurice Jones-Drew, Paul Perkins), that should probably tell you that he has some skill as a coach — a developer of players, an educator of young people. I think he remains highly respected among players and fellow coaches, despite the immensely disappointing performance from the offense this year. Continue reading

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