Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson and Washington are the College Football Playoff teams. There is something to be said for winning a Pac-12 title but it also feels a little wrong that the Huskies played Idaho and Portland State.
USC is ranked No. 9 in the final AP Top 25 regular-season poll.
It took 12 games but the USC-version Justin Wilcox finally surfaced. Wisconsin blew a 21-point first-half lead and lost to Penn State, 38-31, in the Big Ten championship game as the Nittany Lions’ Trace McSorley passed for 384 yards and 4 TDs.
Anyone who tells you they know who the Rose Bowl will take really doesn’t, especially when the College Football Playoff rankings still need to be done. It is interesting that bowl guru Jerry Palm is stubbornly hanging on to the idea that Colorado will go to the Rose Bowl, which is against many others. Maybe he’s like the guy who picked Donald Trump to win the election.
Two-time Olympic gold medalist diver Sammy Lee, who was USC’s oldest surviving Olympian, died on Friday in Newport Beach from pneumonia. He was 96.
Lee was the first Asian-American to win an Olympic gold medal for the U.S., the first man to win back-to-back Olympic golds in platform diving (1948 and 1952) and the oldest diver (at age 32) to win an Olympic gold medal. He also won a bronze medal in the springboard in the 1948 Olympics. Lee attended Occidental College and then graduated from the USC School of Medicine in 1947. He served in the U.S. Army Medical Corps in the Korean War. Sammy Lee Square, at the corner of Olympic Blvd. and Normandie Ave. in Koreatown was named after him in 2010. In 2013, the Los Angeles Unified School District named an elementary schools the Dr. Sammy Lee Medical and Health Sciences Magnet School. Funeral service information is pending.
When I said the the Pac-12 title game was the JV game, I wasn’t kidding. What kind of hot mess was that post-game celebration? Fox broadcaster Rob Stone calls the game’s MVP “Tyler” Rapp instead of Taylor Rapp. At least Stone never gets the European soccer players wrong. Then Larry Scott calls Washington the “2006” champs. Hello Larry?
And there was that punt in the first half that had to be kicked again because Fox wasn’t even showing the game. The attendance was 47,118. Perhaps not bad for a Friday night game. Do you think Nick Saban is worried about facing Washington?
The Huskies routed the Buffs, which is the result USC wanted as far as going to the Rose Bowl. Maybe it’s time for the Pac-12 to eliminate the divisions and just have the top 2 teams go to the title game. Or better yet, eliminate its awful title game.
Only one Pac-12 title game has been decided by less than 18 points. Average margin of victory of 6 games: 22 points #Pac12Championship