Wednesday, September 26, 2012
A couple of good 'insider' reads
By Ted Miller
There's some good ESPN.com Insider content this week that Pac-12 fans might find of interest.
Start with this: Washington fans, guess who said this?: "That team is good. They have a great coach. They're going to get it in gear and beat somebody big this year. You watch."
That would be LSU coach Les Miles after his Tigers walloped the Huskies 41-3.
Ryan McGee writes that "the rest of the Pac-12 is aware that the Huskies are in prime position to embrace the role of unlikely BCS wrecking ball ."
Over a four-week stretch from Sept. 27 to Oct. 20, UW hosts the No. 8 Stanford Cardinal and No. 13 USC Trojans at the Seattle Seahawks' CenturyLink Field (Husky Stadium is undergoing a $250 million overhaul) and travels to the No. 2 Oregon Ducks and resurgent Arizona Wildcats. That's not even counting an Oct. 27 home date with the No. 18 Oregon State Beavers, which knocked Wisconsin and UCLA out of the Top 25.
It is arguably the toughest pre-November gauntlet in college football, which is why just one upset would tip the Pac-12 balance ... and perhaps the BCS applecart.
Then Brian Fremeau of "Football Outsiders" takes a look at the nation's top five teams and whom they most resemble .
Fremeau notes that top-ranked Alabama is most like USC in 2008. It's a good comparison. That was the last great Trojans team and probably was the best team in the nation that year.
And No. 2 Oregon? You might be surprised. Or not. Let's just say it's a familiar team.