Before the bowl season started I predicted Utah and Oregon were the two best bets for Pac-12 success. And so far, the conference is not producing any surprises.
In case you were distracted (or did not get radio reception), the Trojans lost to the Cardinal today.
“They had a very hard nonconference schedule,” Stanford’s Aaron Bright said of USC. “The hardest in the Pac-12.”
Here’s an aspect of that Big Ten-Pac-12 alliance to ponder: When USC plays Purdue or Indiana, it will mean 2 of it 3 nonconference games will be against teams from the Hoosier State (including Notre Dame). Not exactly national scheduling.
New UCLA coach Jim Mora spoke to reporters before the Bruins game with Illinois and consistently referred to USC as “Southern Cal.”
Asked about USC, Mora said, “My concern is not Southern Cal. It’s UCLA.”
Mora’s name for USC might be understandable if he did not attend Washington.
But if it’s Southern Cal, then I will not need to refer to him as Jim L. Mora.
Today’s UCLA-Illinois is an exciting preview of the Big Ten-Pac-12 alliance that Larry Scott created this week.
It’s not every day the Pac-12’s officiating consultant calls Jon Gruden a blowhard, but that is what Mike Pereira did in this column.
USC plays Stanford at 3:30 p.m. today on the Paper Cup and Kite String Network (1090-AM). However, the game will also be televised by Fox Sports West.
Since there seem to be a lot of fans of both schools here, pick a score for the big Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.
It is possible to alter a uniform for a game in a tasteful manner. Wisconsin unveiled its Rose Bowl uniforms, which features a rose design inside the W on the helmet and its red numbers.
USC is ranked third in a couple early 2012 polls. But since the Trojans do not play in the SEC and do play in the 0 for 3 in bowls Pax-12, shouldn’t USC be a top two team?