Well, Addicted To Quack is organizing this whole Pac10 Roundtable thing. 8 out of 10 of the Pac10 teams (Boo Stanford and Arizona!!) have blogs that get together to discuss the news of the day. This week, it's at the ASU blog. He has this to say:
"...the Ducks and Sun Devils are the only teams that has the moxie and across-the-board talent to legitimately challenge for the Pac-10 Title."
Firstly, note my awesome use of ellipses. Secondly, what the Dorrell is going on here? What team has more moxie than Cal? Kevin Riley invented moxie in the early 20s, then went forward in time to help teach a young America how to love again. He's the crown prince of moxie!
"Nobody drinks more moxie than Kevin Riley. NOBODY!" via www.metrocast.net
Oregon State will be represented by Building the Dam. The Washington schools chime in with The WSU Football Blog and our newest SBN blog, UW Dawg Pound. Conquest Chronicles and What's Bruin, Dawg? corner the SoCal market. Finally, Pitchfork Nation comes to us from the hot state of Arizona.
Behind the fold, find the questions. Also, interestingly enough, the answers. GO BEARS!
HydroTech: How does the conference save face? How about we win? What a novel idea!
Let's start with Cal. Cal plays Bye Week this week. It's going to be a really tough matchup between Cal's linebackers and Bye Week's runningbacks. Anything less than a 150 point beatdown of Bye Week is totally unacceptable. If Cal can beat Bye Week, the Pac-10 will be one significant step closer towards saving face in week 4.
How can Arizona State save face this week? Well, this week they play Georgia. How about not losing by 30? Losing by 25 is respectable, but more than 30 will surely reinforce the whole USC and the 9 dwarfs stereotype.
Wasington State plays Portland State this week - thank god. I mean, this is a shoo-in win for the Cougars and Pac-10, right? Right??? Instead of mandating that WSU wins by X amount of points, we'll cut them some slack and just ask that WSU wins this game. That'll be asking a lot from them as is.
Now, what about Stanfurd? Well, they play San Jose State. In most cases, for most teams, this is an automatic win. But this is Stanfurd we're talking about here. Good ol' reliable Stanfurd lost to San Jose State in 2006. They even lost to UC Davis in 2005. Again, I think we're going to have to set the bar low here. How about just winning this game, Stanfurd? Can ya do that for the Pac?
How about Arizona and UCLA? Well, these two teams play each other so it's hard to save face while not making the other look bad. I mean, if Arizona scores 50 points, UCLA will look just as inept as it did when it played team Yahoo last week. If UCLA's defense shuts out Arizona's offense, well then Arizona looks like idiots with their fancy 7 WR sets and the let's-pass-the-ball-50-times-
Now, Oregon. Although Oregon won last week, this week perhaps they should try and complete more than 41.7% of their passes when they face Boise St. And just like Arizona, Oregon has to try and avoid those "turnovers" of the non-sugary and edible kind. Last week they had 4 of them and almost cost Oregon the game. Follow these two rules and Oregon is sure to win by like 30 instead of only 6. That'll save some face instead of churning out ONLY 500 yards of offense last week and winning by 6. I mean, who DOESN'T churn out 500 yards of offense per week?! (sigh)
As for the trust fund babies down in the hood of Southern Cal. Well, screw you guys. Way to make us all look like we're not picking up our slack.
2) After everything that happened this past weekend, the two teams that are left nationally ranked are the Trojans and the Ducks. The Trojans did it in stunningly efficient fashion over a clearly overmatched Ohio State team while the Ducks pulled off a rousing comeback with a backup QB in a very hostile Purdue environment.
As to the first Q, no. Just. Plain. No. Just stop asking. Please. For all our sakes.
As to the second Q, well, they still have a vicious defense led by Patrick Chung and Jairius Byrd. And they still have great talent at the skill positions. But just last year, Cal saw a situation where a VERY talented team was thrown into dis-order, because they had major uncertainty at the QB position. Now, Oregon is onto their 3rd stringer. And from reading the comments at Addicted To Quack, they are fairly positive. However, I wouldn't be shocked if they lost a few games they "should" win, because of that QB uncertainty. The only other possibility is that their QB depth is unbelievably amazing. And that would make me sad.
I would go with Washington. For two main reasons:
1. They play in a larger media market. WSU is from West Idaho, pretty much. It's going to be harder to get the attention and respect of the media.
2. UDub appears to have some modicum of talent. Locker has a lot of buzz about him. That's far more than you can say for WSU. Sure, their coach is as lame a duck as Lane Kiffin. But, WSU doesn't seem to have talent anywhere.