Monday, September 8, 2008
Pac-10 Morning: Unleash the hype! It's USC-Ohio State week
By Ted Miller
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
I'm going to celebrate these links by throwing a football high into the air.
- USC coach Pete Carroll and his Trojans say they are not taking Ohio State's struggles against Ohio to heart. Carroll and Buckeyes coach Jim Tressel are not peas in a pod. Conquest Chronicles considers the Beanie Wells factor.
- Arizona is 2-0... yeah, but ... The Wildcats also are showing offensive balance.
- Arizona State's fans are thinking about Georgia, not this week's opponent, UNLV. That could be a mistake if the Sun Devils do the same thing. The offense is starting to look like the potent, diverse spread that Dennis Erickson has favored in the past.
- Reflections on California's decimation of Washington State: 1. Cal is good. 2. WSU is bad. Here's how Jahvid Best becomes a Heisman Trophy candidate: 1. Cal wins. 2. Best piles up numbers.
- Despite a dislocated shoulder, Oregon RB Jeremiah Johnson is expected to play at Purdue. Will the Boilermakers challenge the Ducks?
- Not surprising a bit: Oregon State coach Mike Riley finds a way to spin the embarrassment at Penn State forward in a positive way. Season certainly isn't over for the Beavers. Some postgame notes here, including the unlikelihood of OG Jeremy Perry playing against Hawaii and RB Jacquizz Rodgers potentially passing Ryan McCants on the depth chart.
- UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel found an interesting way to beat traffic so he could watch more prospects. Bruins Nation breaks down the visit to BYU.
- Head of Pac-10 officials goes wet noodle and backs the officials who made that stupid celebration call against Washington QB Jake Locker. Bob Condotta offers a nice selection of links where people with common sense write about how stupid that call was. Oklahoma took Seattle's NBA team, now it's coming to whip its college football team.
- Things can't get any worse for Washington State -- perhaps then they'll get better. It may be time for lineup changes. Will a trip to Baylor prevent the first 0-3 start since 1999?
- Who's a winner. And a loser (here's a guess: Pac-10 officials)?