Thursday, December 10, 2009
Ranking the Pac-10 bowls
By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com's Mark Schlabach ranked this year's bowl games, and here's how the Pac-10 games fared:
3. Rose Bowl Game Presented by Citi
No. 8 Ohio State vs. No. 7 Oregon
4:30 p.m. ET, Jan. 1
7. MAACO Las Vegas Bowl
No. 18 Oregon State vs. No. 14 BYU
8 p.m. ET, Dec. 22
11. Pacific Life Holiday Bowl
No. 20 Arizona vs. No. 22 Nebraska
8 p.m. ET, Dec. 30
13. Brut Sun Bowl
No. 21 Stanford vs. Oklahoma
2 p.m. ET, Dec. 31
14. San Diego County Credit Union Poinsettia Bowl
No. 23 Utah vs. California
8 p.m. ET, Dec. 23
18. Emerald Bowl
Boston College vs. No. 25 Southern California
8 p.m. ET, Dec. 26
33. Eagle Bank Bowl
Army/UCLA vs. Temple
4:30 p.m. ET, Dec. 29
This seems mostly reasonable to me, though this is as subjective as you can get.
Besides the Rose Bowl, which I think is going to come down to the final minutes, I'm curious how Arizona will handle Nebraska defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who's an extraordinary player.
I'm also extremely curious to see how USC looks vs. Boston College. The talent disparity between the programs is gaping, but the Golden Eagles are going to come out swinging, hungry to prove themselves vs. a program that probably inspires a little awe in them.
Please note: I typed "program." BC won't be in awe once they watch game tape, particularly the Stanford game.
USC? We'll find out how much heart this team has.