Bud Withers gives his take on college sports, with the latest from the Huskies, Cougs, and the rest of the Pac-12.
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.
Oregon escaped with a 38-31 win over WSU. Considering where these two programs have just come from, this was consummate moral-victory stuff, but that was clearly a path coach Mike Leach wasn’t going down. No matter how enjoyable it might have been for fans, it was a stinging loss.
In a mere four Pac-12 league games in 2014, there has been controversy and some exciting finishes.
Nick Aliotti, the defensive coordinator at Oregon last year, ripped Mike Leach when the WSU coach left Connor Halliday in to throw 89 passes in a loss to the Ducks. This summer, Aliotti and Leach patched things up in an LA bar.
Star quarterbacks at UCLA and Arizona State have gone down with injuries, putting the pressure on backups. The Bruins and Sun Devils both say they have players capable of taking over.
The Neuheisels are still writing improbable scripts as UCLA quarterbacks. Backup Jerry Neuheisel, Rick’s son, came off the bench to help UCLA beat Texas on Saturday.
The Cougars began a major reclamation project with a 59-21 victory over the Vikings, breaking a four-game losing streak
UCLA was the popular preseason pick to win the Pac-12 South, but the Trojans have stolen the headlines — for good and bad reasons — so far this season.