Pac-10 lunch links: Ducks not typical national power
December, 21, 2010
By ESPN.com staff | ESPN.com
"If I could work my will," said Scrooge indignantly, "every idiot who goes about with 'Merry Christmas' on his lips should be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. He should!"
- Arizona will have its Bug back for the Valero Alamo Bowl.
- A final look back at Arizona State 2010 before looking forward to a promising 2011.
- How does California stack up at running back next year?
- Colorado loses a key QB commitment, and new coach Jon Embree's staff of assistants remains in flux.
- An interesting story on Oregon's "outlier" status among college football powers. The Ducks' undefeated season is because of unflappable quarterback Darron Thomas' rapid maturation. Fair to say Oregon's assistant coaches will have a happy holiday.
- Oregon State defensive tackle Stephen Paea is flattered that his peers think he's really, really hard to block.
- Jon Wilner thinks Stanford is the only Pac-10 team that will prevail this bowl season.
- The melodrama this is the Norm Chow Watch reaches Day 30.
- Lingering questions for USC: What about a spread offense? (I think Michael Lev makes a compelling case).
- Utah coach Kyle Whittingham says he's confident in QB Terrance Cain.
- Washington hopes its first bowl game since 2002 is merely the first of many postseason trips. And ranking past bowl games.
- Former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf is going to be an author.