A number of ideas on the Pac-12…
♦ OFFICIATING: I’m past weary with the narrative each weekend within the Pac-12 shifting towards how inconsistent and atrocious the officiating is. It stays a evident credibility and belief difficulty with followers; an actual weak spot that may be a killer for the model of the convention. ESPN’s viewers watched in horror on Friday as Oregon and Oregon State’s dramatic end was tainted by a horrible officiating sequence a the objective line. It’s turn out to be an everyday factor. Each weekend. Groundhog Day. Till the convention will get critical about outsourcing the recruiting, coaching and retention of the most effective faculty soccer officers, this received’t cease.
♦ WHERE’S THE REF?: I’ve been considering… did COVID-19 power some finest and most skilled Pac-12 officers to decide out of the season as a result of well being issues? Or did the Pac-12′s determination to initially postpone the season power the most effective officers to hunt work outdoors the convention? Are we watching the best possible officers the Pac-12 has to supply? I’m not the one one which seen a few the top-graded officers from latest seasons aren’t displaying up on the Pac-12′s referee assignments. I’ve seen that at the very least two which have even popped up working video games in different Energy 5 conferences. That leaves a minor-league really feel to the Pac-12.
I requested the Pac-12 about it over the weekend, and Andrew Walker, a vice chairman, instructed me that the attrition of officers isn’t because of the pandemic or the late begin or shedding officers to different conferences. He mentioned it was typical attrition. Maintain up. Is the Pac-12 shedding its high officers to different conferences yearly? I’ve adopted up with some questions. Will replace in coming week.
♦ POLL: This week’s AP Prime 25 ballot is out. The Pac-12 doesn’t have a program ranked within the Prime 16. USC is at No. 17. Oregon dropped to No. 21. Washington is twenty third. Actually powerful for the most effective packages to rise a lot with out enjoying ranked groups. Additionally onerous for them to rise in ballot whereas sitting idle (USC), or enjoying unimpressive in a win (Washington) or whereas shedding to an unranked opponent (Oregon).
♦ NORTH: Who wins the Pac-12 North Division? The short reply is the winner of the Oregon-Washington recreation on Dec. 12. The Huskies (3-0) comeback in opposition to Utah salvaged the significance of the approaching conflict with the Geese (3-1). If each win out, Oregon-Washington might be an enormous recreation for the convention. Oregon State (2-2) is lurking if the Geese and Huskies ought to face plant, nevertheless. Washington hosts Stanford this week. Oregon performs at Cal. I’ll give my rating predictions later within the week.
♦ SOUTH: Colorado vs. USC was the sport everybody needed to see. That it obtained cancelled as a result of COVID-19 gave us no decision and a possible head-to-head which may not ever get performed. The Buffaloes (2-0) are at Arizona this week. The Trojans are enjoying Washington State. Hold a watch out on each fronts for cancellations.
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♦ UCLA: The Bruins (2-2) have once more climbed again to .500 beneath Chip Kelly. I spoke with Kelly this week on the telephone and we talked for a second about how bodily his crew performed in a detailed loss at Oregon two Saturdays in the past. They ran the ball properly, however Kelly talked about turnovers and made it a degree of emphasis. Towards Arizona on Saturday UCLA rushed for 281 yards. Turnovers: 0.
♦ SPOTLIGHT: I wish to see how Oregon responds vs. Cal after shedding the rivalry recreation with Oregon State. The Geese sounded embarrassed after the loss. Mario Cristobal talked about utilizing it as gasoline. What sort of gasoline? We’ll discover out quickly. Cal has been wildly inconsistent and has simply killed itself on particular groups with penalties, turnovers and blocked kicks.
♦ NAME IT: I reached out to high-ranking athletic division sources at each Oregon and Oregon State to ask the place they’re with the renaming of the Civil Warfare rivalry. The choice to drop the title was made in the summertime. I feel it’s a blown alternative to attend so lengthy, however no person on both facet appears significantly motivated to rename the factor. I’m starting to marvel in the event that they’ll rename it in any respect.
Mentioned one supply: “With every little thing else occurring, it hasn’t been a high precedence for both college. It’s going to be a course of that can take awhile I think about.”
The Rain Bowl? How concerning the Willamette Cup? Or the 44-mile Warfare? Or The Platty? The Outdated Sport? One thing else?
One other high-placed supply mentioned, “On this atmosphere no title, irrespective of how good, might be embraced.”
♦ MUNCHIE: Oregon State’s Jermar Jefferson has had 120, 133, 196 and 226 dashing yards in successive weeks. He’s obtained 675 yards and 7 TDs. Everybody who watches OSU is aware of Jefferson goes to get the ball. What I discover most outstanding is how the Beavers’ teaching workers frequently places Jefferson in place to succeed regardless of that lack of shock.
“Our O-line, tight ends, and we get in some condensed units the place you’ve obtained to shed blocks and make tackles,” Smith mentioned. “We wish to have a balanced offense, however he is an efficient participant and everybody on each sidelines is aware of he’s going to get the ball. Identical to we all know they’ll run some performs, now you’ve obtained to go cease it.”
♦ PSYCH 101: I’ve questioned for weeks what gamers on shedding groups must play for this season. They’ll get a yr of eligibility again. They face uncertainty and tightening restrictions in some states. I do know the groups chasing convention championships are mentally locked in. However what’s going to occur within the subsequent 2-3 weeks with the groups which can be simply headed to the top of the season? I anticipate if we’re going to see any cancellation developments it might present itself within the much less aggressive packages. Only a principle.
♦ UTAH: Anybody else confused by the Utes? Alternately nice and inept. The Utes host Oregon State this week. We may possibly save a while and begin that recreation with Utah up 27-23 and put the ball on the 5 and provides the Beavers 4 cracks on the finish zone. So long as the Pac-12 sends its finest officiating crew, I’d watch.
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