While this has been an unusually eventful week for the Pac-12, things are pretty calm in Bear Territory. With a shortage of interesting news about the Bears, today we will take a look at a broader, conference-wide issue. UCLA is headed to the Pac-12 Championship game and a bowl game following the inevitable loss to Oregon. Are these matchups doing anything to help the perception of the Pac-12? Jon Wilner doubts it.
Action: UCLA represents the South in the Pac-12 title game.
Reaction I: Two words: Unmitigated disaster.
Reaction II: With USC ineligible, the conference was surely braced for an unpalatable matchup in the inaugural title game. But not even in his worst nightmare could commissioner Larry Scott have envisioned a scenario in which the South rep was the runner up that finished 6-6, lost its final game 50-0 and fired its coach. It’s the first thing that has gone wrong for the conference after a series of blockbuster successes. But I don’t see how even Scott can spin gold out of this one.
Reaction III: And it all came about when Utah suffered one of the worst losses of the season, at home to a Colorado team that hadn’t won a road game since Jon Embree was a player (or so it seemed).
Action: UCLA files a waiver seeking bowl eligibility if it loses to Oregon.
Reaction I: A loss in Eugene would leave the Bruins 6-7 and, technically, ineligible for the postseason. Of course, they’d have been far better off not making the title game, because a 6-6 mark would be enough to go bowling. And if that’s, in fact, their reasoning for filing the waiver — don’t blame us! it’s all USC’s fault! — then we’ll assume the Bruins will turn down a Rose Bowl berth if they upset the Ducks … because, you know, they shouldn’t have been in the title game in the first place. (Yeah, right! They want it both ways.)
Reaction II: I’m sure the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco is desperate for the NCAA to approve the Bruins’ request for a waiver, because otherwise the bowl wouldn’t have a Pac-12 team. But UCLA would be taking a postseason spot from a team that finished 6-6, so we’ll see.
After the jump Cal might be headed to the Holiday Bowl and ESPNLA looks back fondly on the Karl Dorrell Era.
- Mark Schlabach and Brad Edwards predict that Cal will play in the Holiday Bowl. Schlabach thinks the Bears will play Texas while Edwards predicts a Cal-Baylor matchup.
- Uncle Ted predicts the Bears end up in the Holiday Bowl.
- MySanAntonio.com says Alamo Bowl officials are planning to choose UW to represent the Pac-12 in the bowl. Though this is a plausible scenario, the article offers no evidence of this claim.
- ESPN's Todd McShay says Ohio State could be a national title contender in 2013. Guess who makes a visit to Memorial Stadium in 2013?
- This isn't Cal-related, but it's worth skimming for the sheer comedy of the premise. After the failed tenure of Neuheisal, the Karl Dorrell era looks downright successful (five bowls in five seasons, 35-27 record).
- After helping the US win the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships, Natalie Coughlin and Dana Vollmer earned Golden Goggles Awards. Coach Teri McKeever was nominated for the Golden Goggle Coach of the Year Award.