Arizona 39, USC 36
For the second time this season a Pac-12 player received a serious concussion, and for the second time this season that player was not immediately removed from the game. And that is a big, big problem that needs to be addressed by Pac-12 coaches and administration.
"From my vantage point, whatever he had for breakfast is no longer in him," Rodriguez said. "It’s all at about the 20-yard line."
1) I've been very vocal in my criticism of USC safety T.J. McDonald. Hell, I criticized him well before the Arizona game for his dangerous play. And I was plenty harsh when it appeared that he gave Scott his concussion on Saturday. But evidently that wasn't the case. Frankly, that doesn't change much. McDonald still led with his helmet against a defenseless quarterback. Just because it didn't result in a concussion this time doesn't mean it won't next time. How many players will McDonald concuss before he stops attempting tackles like that?
2) Evidently, from Rodriguez's vantage point, he saw Matt Scott vomit. And he kept Matt Scott in the game. And he called a play that resulted in Matt Scott running the ball. For all the publicity concussion research has gotten, it clearly hasn't penetrated the consciousness of many football coaches. If there aren't consequences for coaches who ignore stuff like this, what motivation do they have to protect amateur athletes? Matt Scott threw a touchdown on that drive - Rodriguez and the Wildcats were rewarded for throwing any safety concerns aside. Larry Scott and the ADs at each conference school need to step up, because evidently some coaches in this conference won't.
3) I said it in the Utah game thread, and I'll probably say it again. Avery Sebastian is an immensely talented player and he has a very bright future. And so far, I'm not willing to brand him as 'dirty' or a 'head-hunter' or anything like that. But he's picked up a few personal fouls for leading with his helmet, and I'm concerned about it. I can't criticize T.J. McDonald if I'm not honest enough to do the same to Cal players. Obviously, there's a very fine line between playing 'physical' and playing dangerously. I hope Cal's coaches help our players get on the right side of that line.
Oh yeah, by the way, Arizona won a thrilling game to muddle up the Pac-12 South race. Football, I love you and I hate you.
UCLA 45, Arizona State 43
Washington 20, Oregon State 17
Oregon 70, Colorado 14
Stanford 24, Washington State 17
After destroying Colorado next week Stanford faces Oregon State, Oregon and UCLA to end the season. Can Stanford muster enough offense to beat Oregon State and UCLA in L.A.?
That game between some assistant coach and his former employer that's a big deal I guess, 6:00 pm, ESPN2
Stanford at Colorado, 11:00 am PT, FX
Washington State at Utah, 12:00 pm, Pac-12 networks
Oregon at USC, 4:00 pm, FOX
Arizona at UCLA, 7:30, Pac-12 networks
Arizona State at Oregon State, 7:30, ESPN2
Two awful early games followed by three brilliant late games. Oregon and USC might be the most important Pac-12 game left in the regular season as it seems to be the only conceivable loss the Ducks will have all year.
But Arizona/UCLA and ASU/OSU both seem more likely to provide competitive excitement. Can Arizona continue their blistering offensive pace, and can Brett Hundley keep pace? Will Oregon State bounce back from their first defeat, and who will be the QB to try to make that happen?
Oh yeah, and the Tosh melodrama on Friday night. Whoopee.
Basketball content returns next week. NON-SARCASTIC WHOOPEE!