Friday, October 30, 2009
A Pac-10 Halloween!
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
Happy Halloween Eve!
The Pac-10 has its share of ghosts, ghouls and goblins.
AP Photo/Don Ryan
After being left for dead following the first three games, Jeremiah Masoli has come back to life.
So, in the spirit of the coming weekend ...
Haunted House: Autzen Stadium. Ducks fans are donning all-black for Saturday's marquee showdown with USC. The freaks will be out and it will be very, very loud.
Scary Movie: Boise State 19, Oregon 8. Eek! The Ducks don't record a first down into the third quarter! They managed just 152 total yards! Running back LeGarrette Blount is possessed by an evil spirit! Eek!
Cursed Team: Washington State. The Cougars won two games a year ago. They will be lucky to win two again this season.
Trick-or-Treat: Oregon's visit to Arizona on Nov. 21 could be tricky. And a treat? Arizona comes out of a bye this weekend to face Washington State on Nov. 7.
Nightmare on Tempe Street: Arizona State plays host to California this weekend with an increasingly unhappy fan base frowning from the stands. The Sun Devils need two more wins to reach bowl eligibility, but the remaining schedule includes USC, visits to Oregon and UCLA and the season finale against rising rival Arizona.
Boo (Boo): While there have been plenty of season-ending injuries, the Pac-10's most critical injury thus far only lasted one game. When USC quarterback Matt Barkley suffered a sprained shoulder at Ohio State, it may have cost the Trojans a shot at playing in the national title game. With Barkley on the sidelines, backup Aaron Corp had a terrible day at Washington in a 16-13 loss.
Jigsaw team: California is tough to figure. It welcomed back 17 starters from a nine-win team that beat Oregon and lost to USC by 14 points in 2008, while the Ducks and Trojans had to replace 17 NFL draft picks between them. Yet the Bears lost to both by a combined 72-6 count.
Night of the living dead: Speaking of the Golden Bears, it's not unreasonable to project that they could run the table and finish 10-2, despite the faceplants against Oregon and USC.
The Great Pumpkin: When UCLA coach Rick Neuheisel talks about his offense, most particularly his uncertain quarterback situation, you can almost see him transform into Linus Van Pelt, hoping against all hope that some points magically arrive.