Bud Withers gives his take on college sports, with the latest from the Huskies, Cougs, and the rest of the Pac-12.
Scheduling is the Rubik’s Cube of college programs, exemplified by the pairing at Gonzaga’s showcase event of the nation’s No. 8-ranked team and one that a year ago lost 20 games.
Gonzaga is eighth-ranked heading into Saturday night’s Battle in Seattle game against Cal Poly.
Ohio State edged TCU and Baylor for the No. 4 spot in the college football playoff for a matchup with top-seeded Alabama in the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 1. No. 2 Oregon faces No. 3 Florida State in the Rose Bowl in the other semifinal.
The Zags get another chance against Arizona on Saturday in Tucson in the game of the day in college hoops.
Longtime Oregon State coach Mike Riley’s stunning hire by Nebraska has familiar roots if you follow college football. Here’s why this move just might work.
Arizona coach Rich Rodriguez helped develop the zone-read option 25 years ago at Glenville (W. Va.) State College and will now face Oregon and its spread-option offense Friday with the Pac-12 championship on the line.
The Apple Cup and Civil War lack suspense, UCLA may want to rethink its place in L.A. and RichRod has Arizona rolling.
For the 107th Apple Cup, Washington State trotted out as many talismans as it could find: Steve Gleason, the heroic former Cougar afflicted with ALS; Mike Price, who coached the team to two Rose Bowls; even a 19-degree night, the sort mythology holds will inevitably trip up UW.
Washington State has lost several games it should have won, so this young team’s 3-8 record may not reflect where the program is really at in its third year under Mike Leach.
The Pac-12 football season was a tough one to predict, on and off the field.
UCLA pounded USC 38-20 and faces Stanford on Friday, hoping to win the South and set up a meeting with Oregon in the Pac-12 championship game.