Pac-12: Tony Gonzalez
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JJ from Tumalo, Ore., writes: Ted, good take by Chris Low on Bama today. I asked Chris to explain how the schedule is put together in the SEC. The Tide 'misses' FL, GA and SO CAR. The Tide has a bye week before the A+M and LSU games. Is the SEC ticketing Bama to Pasadena?This year Oregon 'misses' USC and plays UCLA. Is there any rhyme or reason as to how 'misses' are determined in the PAC? Will this 'balance out' over time? Will the CA schools insist upon playing one another year after year? Does a school as talented as Bama need this help? I'd appreciate some detail on how the PAC schedules are arranged.
Ted Miller: Wait one second JJ from Tumalo.
You "asked" Chris Low? Did he make you kneel before him and call him "The All-Knowing & Powerful Mr. Chris Low?" He makes me do that. I get so nervous I typically forget what I was going to ask him. Of course, part of that nervousness is based on those two panthers -- Kramer and Slive -- who operate as his bodyguards. They go everywhere with him. And they always seem grumpy.
There's nothing sinister about SEC or Pac-12 conference scheduling. It just is.
As for the SEC, it's now a 14-team league that insists on playing an eight-game conference schedule. That means if you play six games in your division, you're going to miss five teams in the other division. Some years, as is the case with Alabama in 2013, those misses will be fortuitous. Of course, you also have to get through the conference title game, which often addresses a notable regular season miss, as was the case with the Crimson Tide and Georgia in 2012.
As for Pac-12 misses, it's about two things: 1. The California schools insist on playing each other every year; 2. It's a rotation. You can see that rotation here, all the way through 2017-18.
Yes, it balances out over time, though it's not ever going to be competitively perfect. Utah missed Oregon and Stanford the previous two seasons. Not sure if there's been consecutive years when it was better to miss those two programs in conference history. At present, missing Colorado is a bad thing. That might not be the case five years hence.
Scheduling, in general, is going to be a big deal when college football adopts its four-team playoff in 2014. I suspect there will be a push among the major conferences for some scheduling uniformity. Such as: Everybody should play eight or nine conference games. Period. A lack of ambition with nonconference scheduling also likely will earn a thumbs down from a playoff selection committee, not unlike how the basketball version works now in advance of the NCAA tournament.
- Checking in with Arizona's new offensive line coach, Jim Michalczik.
- Arizona State gets commitments, present and future.
- A look at former California great -- and future NFL Hall of Famer -- Tony Gonzalez.
- Reviewing the former Colorado players participating in the NFL playoffs.
- Oregon begins the post-Chip Kelly process of moving forward.
- Oregon State adds a few more players, including some defensive help.
- More pistol and less shotgun for Stanford?
- Former UCLA players will be in all-star games this weekend.
- A look at new USC defensive coordinator Clancy Pendergast.
- Utah assistant Aaron Roderick has another about-face, stays with the Utes.
- Will Chip Kelly's departure open the door for Washington?
- Another downturn for former Washington State quarterback Ryan Leaf.
Before we start looking forward -- oh, well, guess that's all we've been doing this offseason -- let's take a look back at the 10-team conference that started in 1978 when Arizona and Arizona State joined the Pac-8 (and Pac-8 purist grumbled about life ending as they knew it).
Today, we compile an all-time, All-Pac-10 team (No player who graduated before 1978 was considered). Thursday, we'll rank the best Pac-10 teams.
As for picking the players, you might imagine this wasn't easy. Lots of great players over the past 33 years. This list doesn't include many consensus All-Americans, national award winners and players who won multiple All-Pac-10 honors.
NFL success wasn't a part of this measure -- just look at the QB. But there were a couple of moments -- tight end and kicker -- when it waved at me from a distance.
As for the per school tally, it should be no surprise that USC led the way with seven players. It might be a surprise that Arizona, with no Rose Bowl berths, was second with four. Neither Oregon nor Stanford have a player on the team.
Feel free to disagree. Or to post your own team.
QB Matt Leinart, USC (2005): 2004 Heisman Trophy winner. Finished third in 2005. Won two national titles; played for a third. 99 career touchdown passes is 14 more than any other quarterback in conference history.
RB Charles White, USC (1979): 1979 Heisman Trophy winner. Fourth in 1978. Pac-10's all-time leading rusher. College Football Hall of Fame.
RB Marcus Allen, USC (1981): 1981 Heisman Trophy winner. 2,427 yards rushing in 1981 is conference single-season record. College Football Hall of Fame.
WR Dwayne Jarrett, USC (2006): A two-time consensus All-American. Ninth in Heisman Trophy balloting. 41 career touchdown receptions is nine more than any wide receiver in conference history.
WR Mike Hass, Oregon State (2005): Biletnikoff winner. Consensus All-American. His 1,532 yards receiving is a conference single-season record. He also holds the single-game receiving yards record (293).
OL Jonathan Ogden, UCLA (1995): 1995 Outland Trophy winner and consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.
OL Randall McDaniel, Arizona State (1987): Consensus All-American, two-time first-team All-Pac-10. College Football Hall of Fame.
OL Brad Budde, USC (1979): Lombardi Trophy winner. Three-time first-team All-Pac-10. College Football Hall of Fame
OL Alex Mack, California (2008): Three-time first-team All-Pac-10. Two-time Morris Trophy winner.
OL Lincoln Kennedy, Washington (1992): Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10. Two-time Morris Trophy winner.
TE Tony Gonzalez, California (1996): Consensus All-American. First-team All-Pac-10.
DE Terrell Suggs, Arizona State (2002): Bronko Nagurski, Lombardi Trophy and Ted Hendricks Award winner. Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10. Set NCAA single-season sack record (24).
DT Steve Emtman, Washington (1991): Outland and Lombardi winner. Finished fourth for Heisman Trophy. Consensus All-American. College Football Hall of Fame.
DT Rob Waldrop, Arizona (1993): Outland and Bronko Nagurski winner. UPI lineman of the Year. Two-time consensus All-American. College Football Hall of Fame.
DE Tedy Bruschi, Arizona (1995): Two-time consensus All-American. Three-time first-team All-Pac-10. Morris Trophy winner.
LB Chris Claiborne, USC (1998): Butkus Award. Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.
LB Ricky Hunley, Arizona (1983): Two-time consensus All-American. Three-time first-team All-Pac-10. College Football Hall of Fame.
LB Jerry Robinson, UCLA (1978): Two-time consensus All-American. Three-time first-team All-Conference. College Football Hall of Fame.
S Kenny Easley, UCLA (1980): Four-time first-team All-Conference. Three-time consensus All-American. College Football Hall of Fame.
S Ronnie Lott, USC (1980): Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10. College Football Hall of Fame.
CB Antoine Cason, Arizona (2007): Thorpe Award winner. Consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.
CB Mike Richardson, Arizona State (1982): Two-time consensus All-American. Two-time first-team All-Pac-10.
P Nick Harris, California (2000): A consensus All-American in 2000, he punted a lot and was very good at it. He set NCAA records for most career punts and punting yardage.
K Jason Hansen, Washington State (1991): Consensus All-American (1989). Two-time first-team All-Pac-10. 39 career field goals of 40 or more yards and 20 of 50 or more; both Pac-10 records.
As my esteemed colleague Heather Dinich pointed out in the ACC blog, the ACC led all conferences for the third consecutive year with 19 players selected to play in the Pro Bowl, which will be held on Jan. 30 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii. The SEC was second with 13 selections and the Pac-10 was third with 12. The Big Ten and the Big 12 had nine each.
But, of course, seeing that the Pac-10 at present has just 10 teams versus 12 for the ACC, SEC and Big 12, the numbers need to be adjusted for players per team. By that measure, the ACC is still No. 1 with 1.58 Pro Bowl players per ACC team, while the Pac-10 is second with 1.2 per team.
Here's the list of Pac-10 players in the Pro Bowl.
Marcedes Lewis, TE, Jacksonville (UCLA)
Steven Jackson, RB, St. Louis (Oregon State)
DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia (California)
Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta (California)
Ryan Kalil, C, Carolina (USC)
Maurice Jones-Drew, RB, Jaguars (UCLA)*
Haloti Ngata, DT, Baltimore (Oregon)
Terrell Suggs, DE, Baltimore (Arizona State)
Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Oakland (California)
Troy Polamalu, S, Pittsburgh (USC)
Clay Matthews, LB, Green Bay (USC)
Lance Briggs, LB, Chicago (Arizona)
*Out of game due to injury
You also may have noticed that a Jets-Packers Super Bowl would mean both starting quarterbacks -- Mark Sanchez for the Jets (USC) and Aaron Rodgers for the Packers (California) -- hail from the Pac-10.
Posted by ESPN.com's Ted Miller
This is pretty cool.
ESPN Stats & Information evaluated every draft of the modern era -- since the NFL-AFL merger -- to determine the players who accomplished the most during their NFL careers.
Here's the methodology.
Here's a list of the best pick for every school (Insider subscription required).
So who's the best NFL player drafted since 1967 from your Pac-10 program? Here's how ESPN.com's ranking system sees it (minimum 10 points).
Arizona: Tedy Bruschi, 19
Arizona State: Randall McDaniel, 73
California: Tony Gonzalez, 52
Oregon: Dan Fouts, 47
Oregon State: Chad Ocho Cinco, 21
Stanford: John Elway, 59
UCLA: Jonathan Ogden, 56
USC: Anthony Munoz, Bruce Matthews, 81
Washington: Olin Kreutz, 20
Washington State: Keith Millard, 21