Bud Withers gives his take on college sports, with the latest from the Huskies, Cougs, and the rest of the Pac-12.
If Washington scores on that drive, then the Huskies aren’t staring this week at a 10-game losing streak to the Ducks, Chip Kelly doesn’t happen, Oregon wears like, normal uniforms and doesn’t carry out operations in starships, but regular buildings.
While the league seems to have improved its officiating in recent years, too many continued strange calls still have coaches on edge.
Cougars suffer another stumbling block, fall to 2-5
Mike Leach, in his third year at Washington State, is 11-20 overall and 2-4 this year. Leach inherited a program that had not recruited well, and playing in the tough Pac-12 has made his rebuilding job even more difficult.
Arizona made Oregon look bad last week in a victory over the Ducks, who are playing like they could lose more games if they don’t improve, starting with Saturday’s contest at UCLA.
Nowhere in Pac-12 records will you find this category: “Most lunatic, description-defying weekend of play.” So let’s go ahead and call the weekend what it was: The craziest set of games in a 48-hour period the league has ever seen.
California won one of the league’s all-time wacko games, 60-59, over WSU, a game of preposterous performance that ended when a kicker fluffed a 19-yard field goal. It was Connor Halliday who threw for 734 yards and yet, it’s on Halliday that the number didn’t end at 736.
Only about two-thirds of the regular season remains, and Notre Dame (4-0) still has three games against Pac-12 teams, giving the league a lot of room to compose a rèsumè for the selection committee.
Despite falling behind 21-0, Cougars win after overcoming their own adversity
USC defense stuffs Mannion; Washington fakery is a bust; WSU upset puts Utes’ coach back on the griddle and more observations from Pac-12 play this weekend.
In a football season in which top-ranked Florida State has been a mystery and Alabama triumphant but not dominant, it figures the Pac-12 would also be — at least at the high end — a little less than advertised in the early stages.