Pac-12: Boston College Golden Eagles

Pac-10 lunch links: More on the Weis-Carroll soap opera

December, 7, 2009
His physiognomy would have sufficiently indicated that he was a shrewd and capable fellow, and in truth he had often sat up all night over a bristling bundle of accounts, and heard the cock crow without a yawn. But Raphael and Titian and Rubens were a new kind of arithmetic, and they inspired our friend, for the first time in his life, with a vague self-mistrust.

  • Arizona and Nebraska are unfamiliar foes, but the coaching staffs know each other well. For Arizona fans, there should be some déjà vu.
  • Arizona State is hunting for JC offensive linemen, and it got one here.
  • Ray Ratto asks the existential question: Just who is California and who will show up in the Poinsettia Bowl against a tough Utah squad? Fact is Cal got everything it could -- in a bad way -- out of its four defeats by a combined count of 145-30.
  • Ohio State has a long time to prepare for Oregon's spread-option attack.
  • Sure, it's not the Rose Bowl, but Oregon State's Las Vegas Bowl matchup with BYU is intriguing on many levels.
  • Stanford's Toby Gerhart will have his hands full with the Oklahoma defense, particularly if quarterback Andrew Luck can't play.
  • UCLA is a big fan of Navy -- the Midshipmen need to beat rival Army for the Bruins to get a berth in the EagleBank Bowl on Dec. 29. The Bruins can practice while they await their fate, but quarterback Kevin Prince remains questionable.
  • More on the strange Charlie Weis-Pete Carroll Internet accusation saga. Will USC find redemption in Northern California?
  • Some snarky USC fans and reporters thought the Trojans would be better off without Nick Holt. So, at the end of the season, which team is playing better defense: USC or Washington? Jim Moore doesn't think Jake Locker will return for his senior season.
  • This Washington State quarterback recruit looks good.
  • Jon Wilner looks at the winners and losers of the bowl season before it begins -- Jon left one out: The collective "whew" that went out from BCS conference teams when Boise State and TCU were matched in the Fiesta Bowl.

Emerald Bowl

December, 6, 2009
USC (8-4) vs. Boston College (8-4)
Dec. 26, 8 p.m., (ESPN)

Raise your hand if you predicted the Emerald Bowl for USC in the preseason?

You are not alone -- the Trojans surely didn’t see this for themselves either after seven consecutive BCS bowl games as Pac-10 champions.

A four-loss season feels bad around Heritage Hall, but a five-loss one would feel worse, and that could happen if the Trojans take the Golden Eagles lightly.

BC can play D. It ranks 23rd in the nation in total defense and 18th in scoring, giving up just 19 points per game. It held Notre Dame to just 20 points in a loss.

USC’s defense has played well at times, and the Eagles don’t have much of an offense, ranking 71st in scoring and 97th in total offense.

Quarterback Dave Shinskie threw two interceptions in the first five games. He threw 11 in the next seven, including four in a loss to North Carolina.

Of course, Trojans freshman quarterback Matt Barkley faded badly late in the season, and the USC offense was decidedly mediocre by most measures over the final five games.

The most important element might be who wants it more. This is a long trip for BC, but it likely will be excited to test USC. Hard to say if the Trojans will match that excitement.