Bud Withers gives his take on college sports, with the latest from the Huskies, Cougs, and the rest of the Pac-12.
The playoff committee’s first poll was released Tuesday, and Oregon was fifth. Considering the shake-up sure to happen at the top the Ducks should be in good shape to finish in the top four if they can win out.
Washington State’s fragile football season took an ugly turn here against 15th-ranked Arizona, as the Cougars fell behind 31-0 in the first 21 minutes and spent the rest of the day in futile pursuit in a 59-37 loss to the Wildcats.
Teams in the Pac-12 South are 7-4 against the North this season, featuring Arizona State’s win over Stanford and Arizona’s upset of Oregon.
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.