Nonconference fantasy matchups for Pac-10
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Todd from Mission Viejo writes: If you could add one out-of-conference game to each of the Pac-10 teams' schedule, what match-ups would you create?
Ted Miller: Oh, this is a good one.
Not only that, Todd, when I mentioned your outstanding mailbag contribution to my boss, Darth Duffey, he noted that such an entry had ALREADY BEEN ASSIGNED this week.
So the Force is with you on this one, dark side or not.
USC at Florida: One word: Yum. OK, a few more.
Florida won't leave the state for a nonconference game, so the Trojans just decide to show up. Grins all around on the West Coast. Everyday Should Be Saturday's Orson Swindle and Stranko Montana, who have been claiming to be "pushing 30" for a decade, commence writing a series of sonnets -- with multimedia effects! -- that rival Shakespeare during his most inspired period. The college football world rejoices. About the game, though the sonnets are nice, too.
And, of course, USC rolls. (Oh, stop it! You know that's what would happen, Gator fans!)
Ole Miss at Oregon State: Whose 2008 loss -- Florida's or USC's -- was "worse"? My guess is this one would have been more fun for the Beavers last year than this year.
Oregon at Oklahoma: Hey, Sooners, can the Ducks bring their own referees?
Texas at California: Mack Brown would get a warm welcome in Strawberry Canyon. And, golly, this would be a great help for the Longhorns, whose nonconference schedule features Louisiana-Monroe, Wyoming, UTEP and Central Florida. Guess that's why they say, "Don't mess with Texas ... purdy please."
Oklahoma at Arizona: Which Stoops would conquer? (Both, however, have said it will never happen.)
Arizona State at Miami: Dennis Erickson returns to the place where he won a pair of national titles. And then, you know, some other stuff happened after he left for the Seattle Seahawks.
Harvard at Stanford: Remember when the Simpsons went to jail and poor Lisa was worried that it might damage her college prospects? And then Bart and Homer mercilessly taunt her, "You're going to Stanford! You're going to Stanford!" You know most of the writers for "The Simpsons" went to Harvard. This would be payback. And Conan O'Brien might be on the sidelines with Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, which would be the best thing ever. Other than USC at Florida.
UCLA at South Carolina: Ever heard Rick Neuheisel imitate Steve Spurrier? Hee hee hee. You would this week. And the golf stories would be priceless.
BYU at Washington: BYU stole a game from Washington in 2008, and then it stole touted quarterback recruit Jake Heaps from under the Huskies noses. Grrrr.
South Florida at Washington State (in December): Here's a guess that the kids from down South might not like Pullman in the winter.
Final Central Michigan 48 Western Kentucky 49 Final Fresno State 6 Rice 30
Final Nevada 3 Louisiana-Lafayette 16 Final Utah State 21 UTEP 6 Final 22 Utah 45 Colorado State 10 Final Western Michigan 24 Air Force 38 Final South Alabama 28 Bowling Green 33
Final Marshall 52 Northern Illinois 23 Final Navy 17 San Diego State 16
1:00 PM ET Illinois Louisiana Tech 4:30 PM ET Rutgers North Carolina 8:00 PM ET North Carolina State UCF
1:00 PM ET Cincinnati Virginia Tech 2:00 PM ET 15 Arizona State Duke 3:30 PM ET Miami (FL) South Carolina 4:30 PM ET Boston College Penn State 8:00 PM ET Nebraska 24 USC
2:00 PM ET Texas A&M West Virginia 5:30 PM ET Oklahoma 17 Clemson 9:00 PM ET Arkansas Texas
3:00 PM ET Notre Dame 23 LSU 6:30 PM ET 13 Georgia 21 Louisville 10:00 PM ET Maryland Stanford
12:30 PM ET 9 Ole Miss 6 TCU 4:00 PM ET 20 Boise State 10 Arizona 8:00 PM ET 7 Mississippi State 12 Georgia Tech
12:00 PM ET 19 Auburn 18 Wisconsin 12:30 PM ET 8 Michigan State 5 Baylor 1:00 PM ET 16 Missouri 25 Minnesota 5:00 PM ET 2 Oregon 3 Florida State 8:30 PM ET 1 Alabama 4 Ohio State
12:00 PM ET Houston Pittsburgh 3:20 PM ET Iowa Tennessee 6:45 PM ET 11 Kansas State 14 UCLA 10:15 PM ET Washington Oklahoma State