Pac-10 lunch links: Holiday Bowl hype and USC-UCLA tweaks
December, 30, 2008
Posted By ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Three days, three Pac-10 bowls. Joy.
- It looks like the USC-UCLA rivalry is getting fun again, even before the games are competitive. The teams are trading barbs.
- USC's defense found itself after losing to Oregon State.
- Buckle up and be prepared to take offense: The Holiday Bowl figures to light up the scoreboard. But don't tell Ducks defensive end Nick Reed that, though there's a lot of pressure on coordinator Nick Aliotti.
- Pittsburgh talked some smack about Oregon State, but the Beavers are not bothered. They're still focused on getting the nation to forget about what happened at Penn State.
- California had some ups and downs but finished strong. And here's a guess that Kevin Riley didn't play in the Emerald Bowl because he was hurt.