Thursday, December 27, 2012
Pac-12 chat wrap
By Kevin Gemmell
If you missed my chat yesterday, that’s already a check against you on the naughty list for next year. Let’s try and do better, shall we?
You can check out the complete chat here.
kc (costa mesa,ca): Looked like UW Huskies got a 4th down stop against Boise St. late in the Las Vegas Bowl to possibly end the game. Why no measurement? Officials just called it a first down with the game on the line...unbelievable! Boise St. thought they were above this game but were extremely lucky to win even with 3 Husky turnovers. Wish they would have manned up and joined the Pac 12 then a 10-2 record would have got them a big boy bowl. They were lucky to beat a mid-level Pac 12 team.
Kevin Gemmell (2:01 PM): I was a little surprised also that there wasn't at least a measurement. Should have been one in my humble opinion. Yes, Boise was lucky to win -- but Washington also played poorly for long stretches. Not sure the Pac-12 wants them -- so I don't know if it's a matter of them "manning up." But yes, Washington should have won that game.
Bend oregon [via mobile]: Do you the the ducks would get more respect if they were in a tougher conference.
Kevin Gemmell (2:02 PM): How much tougher do you want? Pac-12 is pretty darn tough.
Huskies Anonymous (Sark's Basement): With the RB and WR coaches leaving, and 2 disappointing losses to end the season, what hope can you offer fans of the University of Washington, else we all end up sounding like a purple version of GooooooooooBEARS?
Kevin Gemmell (2:06 PM): Whooaaa.... don't say things you don't mean. I think the biggest issue is getting the offensive line working together again (an off-season to heal would help) and that should help Keith Price bounce back from a rough season. You've got an outstanding back in Bishop Sankey. I'm not sure they are ready to challenge for the North yet, but there are some good pieces coming back. Tough way to end the year, though.
osu_beaver_girl (Corvallis, OR): Kinda tired of hearing about Marqise Lee. I don't even think he was the best receiver in the Pac-12 this year. What kind of a shot do you think Markus Wheaton has in the NFL?
Kevin Gemmell (2:11 PM): Sorry to hear that. Not only was he the best in the conference, but he was the best in the country. And I'm a huge Markus Wheaton fan. But Lee is head-and-shoulders above everyone else in the country. I think Wheaton has the tools to be a great NFL WR. Great hands, great speed and he's gotten a lot better at running cleaner routes. In the right system, he'll be a solid player.
Chris (LaLaLand): Just when we thought the Pac had turned the corner, and was going to win every game, udub layed a goose egg against Boise St. Who else seems most likely to choke?
Kevin Gemmell (2:12 PM): Unless someone really plays poorly, I don't think anyone will "choke." Remember, Washington wasn't even favored (though they still should have won). UCLA-Baylor is going to be an interesting game. But the Bruins need to get some pressure on Florence and make a few stops. That's probably the "closest" of all the upcoming games. But the conference should win out.
Roger (The Woodlands, TX): Kevin Hogan has continued to improve on his understanding of the offense playbook since fall. How much does this extra month benefit him in preparation for Wisconsin?
Kevin Gemmell (2:15 PM): Huge. That's the main reason he didn't start until later in the year. Shaw has repeatedly said he had the tools, but not the concepts and they wouldn't have beaten USC or Arizona if he was the QB at that time. This time off probably benefited him more than any other player in the conference.
omar (ca) [via mobile]: Should we cut lane kiffin some slack for having to deal with sanctions?
Kevin Gemmell (2:33 PM): Sanctions didn't force him to make the snafu in the coaches poll -- or walk out of a press conference when asked about an injury -- or the deflated ball scandal -- or the play-calling at the end of Notre Dame. There are some things you can blame on sanctions. These aren't them.
BHollandz (Next to Burrito Staduim): If the Beavs drop Texas like a bad habit and get their 3rd 10 win season, do you think they'll be able to match this great season next year?
Kevin Gemmell (2:47 PM): I think this year taught us that expectations the following year mean nothing. I'm really interested to see what Brandin Cooks looks like without Wheaton lining up opposite him. You obviously lose Poyer on defense, but the QB is back (whoever that maybe), good running backs, improving offensive line. Lots of pieces in place for another big season.
Donald (Eugene): Does Kenjon Barner have a future in broadcasting?
Kevin Gemmell (2:52 PM): Hope he goes to the NFL first. But yes, down the line, I would love to see a pre-game show with him and Brandon Magee. Two of the most charismatic players in the country.
Austin Duck (ATX): Did Stanford beat Oregon via game plan or did Oregon lose due to lack of changing game plan.... or because our kicker lacks a certain required directional skillset with his leg?
Kevin Gemmell (2:55 PM): There were obviously little intricacies throughout the game. But Stanford's game plan and execution of said game plan was fantastic.