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Snoop Dogg Leaving The Pac

That’s according to Wizards of Odds, who have footage of Snoop sporting a LSU jersey.  Like mentioned in the Wizards of Odds post Snoop has always been on the USC bandwagon, so why jump off now?

Apparently the Southern cooking led Snoop Dogg away from the promise land.  Now, when USC is winning another National Championship we better not see Snoop roaming the endzone looking for a little snizzle from his USC nizzle.

Best Game. Week 5

*We are going to be breaking down the Pac-10 schedule week-by-week to find out which game is the best every Saturday.  By “best,” we mean which game you should stop what your doing, make a sandwich, grab a beer, and sit on your ass and watch for 3+ hours.

The Week 5 Slate:
Colorado State at California
Oregon at Washington State
USC at Oregon State (Thur.)
Stanford at Washington
Fresno State at UCLA

Week Five gives us two non-conference games and three hard-hittin’, pass-flyin’ Pac-10 battles.  Colorado State goes to California and Fresno State to UCLA.  Cal should win easily, possibly starting the season 4-0.  Fresno State and Pat Hill continue their mantra “Anybody, Anywhere” as they take on another Pac-1o opponent.  UCLA will have its’ hands full with the Bulldogs and don’t be surprised to see Rick Neuheisel lose this one.

Oregon tavels to Pullman to face the Cougs.  Washington State doesn’t hate Oregon near as much as Washington does, but they still don’t really like each other.  Last year the Ducks destroyed the Cougars in Eugene, but two years ago the Cougars had an oppurtunity to pull out the win at Martin Stadium.

Stanford at Washington.  Possibly the Battle for the Basement.  Both teams probably won’t be any good and with the game being on Sept. 27 chances are that it rains in Seattle.  A wet, boring game for 9th place?  It’s not the game of the week, but being football-crazy idiots we will be watching.

Who can forget the last time USC visited Oregon State?  The upset of the mighty Trojans sent the Beaver fans and all of the Pac-10 into a tizzy.  This time USC is looking for a little revenge and get an opportunity on a national televised game on Thursday night. 

This game is the Best Game for Week Five.

Best Game Week Five: USC at Oregon State
Best Game Week Four: Georgia at Arizona State
Best Game Week Three: Ohio State at USC
Best Game Week Two: Oregon State at Penn State
Best Game Week One: Tennessee at UCLA

Roaming With The Pac: July 29

*A daily look at what’s happening in the world of college football, west coast-style.

Sorry about the lack of posting.  It’s a hell of a week for us. 

Wizards of Odds spoke to the blog Ducks Attack. [Ducks Attack]

People are not impressed with the Arizona State schedule poster. [Pitchfork Nation]

What kind of offense does WSU run? [WSU Football Blog]

Interesting quote from Tennessee head coach Phil Fullmer on the front page of Bruin Nation. [Bruin Nation]

Ted Miller tackles the Pac-10 non-conference schedule. [Ted Miller’s Blog]

Roaming With The Pac: July 28

*A daily look at what’s happening in the world of college football, west coast-style.

Expected starting LB for Oregon has been suspended indefinitely. [Register Guard]

A followup piece on the USC-UCLA jersey post we talked about Friday. [Brian Dohn]

Arizona’s Willie Tuitama may just be the best QB in the Pac-10 this year. [Tuscon Citizen]

What type of wine is Cal football? [Scout.com]

Roaming With The Pac: July 26 – Saturday Edition

*A daily look at what’s happening in the world of college football, west coast-style.

This is a few days old, but former Puyallup High School and University of Washington QB Brock Huard will be working Pac-10 games for ABC/ESPN this season.  [Bob Condotta]

Third and final piece to a series by Molly Yanity following the UW football program.  This article focuses on the road to a scholarship. [Seattle PI]

Former Oregon RB Jonathan Stewart signed a 5-year deal with Carolina. [ESPN]

Mike Stoops gets wise, decided to throw the ball. [AZ Star]

Who Loathes Who?

When it comes to Pac-10 coaches most are cordial with each other.  The rivalries of the universities have always been bigger than the hatred between two coaches.  But you know that there are two coaches out there that just can’t stand each other. 

Many thought it might be Pete Carroll and Rick Neuheisel, but not so according to Ted Miller.  The two coaches spoke peacefully, showing no signs of any ill will.  Well then, what coaches hate each other?

Jim Harbough and Pete Carroll: Harbough pulled off the upset last year.  He isn’t one to mince words and Carroll is ultra competitive.  Don’t be surprised if USC adds on this year when if their up big.

Paul Wulff and Ty Willingham: They coach at rival schools, but not much else would seem to put them at odds.  Willingham wouldn’t say boo to mouse, unless of course that mice is one of your his players who has a year of eligibility left.  Paul Wulff is new to the Pac-10 but didn’t mind stating his toughts on the color purple and this, “Dogs hunt and bark, but Cougars fight and kill.”  That’s a nice little jab at the school and coach across the mountains.

Mike Bellotti and Jeff Tedford: Tedford used to be one of Bellotti’s assistants so clearly they have a history.  Bellotti is 2-3 against his former prodigy.  Both teams have been near the top of the conference since Tedford took over California. 

What are the others you think of?  It’s always fun to think about coaches sitting in their offices plotting out how their going to beat/destroy/kill/thrash another coach in the upcoming season.

Rockin’ The Home Jerseys!!!

The Pac-10 has always been about tradition.  They don’t want to expand and have even refused a plus-one system that college football fans have been clamoring for ever since the BCS was invented.  The Rose Bowl should be Pac-10 v. Big 10, they say.  If tradition really matters, why not let USC and UCLA both wear their home jerseys for the rivalry game?

Who doesn’t want to see the UCLA powder blue and the Trojan cardinal red slamming into each other in late November/early December?  If the teams agree to do it (which, apparently they have) it will cost them one timeout each half.  We aren’t sure if that means both teams lose a T.O. or just the team wearing the “wrong” jersey color.  Bets are it’s just the away team that gets penalized.

The last time both teams wore the home jerseys was 1982.  It has been 25 years.  It’s time to drop the stupid rule about losing a timeout (What the hell kind of rule is that anyway?) and let the fans see the tradition the Pac-10 works so hard to protect.

Roaming With The Pac: July 25

*A daily look at what’s happening in the world of college football, west coast-style.

A review of the rule changes that will affect college football this season. [LA Times]

Pitchfork Nation gives us the definitive picks for the Pac-10. [Pitchfork Nation]

Comments from Oregon HC Mike Bellotti and DB Patrick Chung. [Rob Moseley]

Does Arizona State really have a chance to beat Georgia in the desert? [Bleacher Report]

UCLA really needs to figure out their QB situation. Tennessee is approaching quickly. [OC Register]

Pac-10 Media Day: News & Notes

Here some links from the Pac-10’s 2008 media day.  It’s the 2008 version, just so you don’t think these are from 2007 or something.

Former UW coach Rick Neuheisel’s comments about his old university. [Bob Condotta]

Stanford coach Jim Harbough talks about USC and………, nothing. [Adam Rose]

A nice recap of Washington State’s day. [Vince Grippi]

An Oregon State view of the events. [Cliff Kirkpatrick]

Overachiever Ted Miller has a blog post after every coach spoke. Damn him and his great work. [Ted Miller’s Blog]

Best Game. Week 4

*We are going to be breaking down the Pac-10 schedule week-by-week to find out which game is the best every Saturday.  By “best,” we mean which game you should stop what your doing, make a sandwich, grab a beer, and sit on your ass and watch for 3+ hours.

The Week 4 Slate:
Arizona at UCLA
Georgia at Arizona State
Boise State at Oregon
San Jose State at Stanford
Portland State at Washington State

Compared to Week 3, this week is relatively light for the Pac-10.  Only 5 games, with one of them being against a FCS opponent.  What does that mean: An easy win for Washington State and four games for us to breakdown for best game.

The one conference match-up is Arizona visiting UCLA.  This game features two teams that should finish between 5th-7th in the conference race.  It is the first conference game for both teams and a must-win for Mike Stoops at Arizona.  This is the kind of game that Stoops and previous UCLA head coach Karl Dorrell had a hard time winning.  We all know what happened to Dorrell, Stoops may be next. 

Stanford has the easiest game of the week other than WSU.  The Cardinal face San Jose State, who they beat 37-0 last year.  This is the easiest game on Coach Jim Harbough’s schedule so he better take advantage of it.

That leaves us with two games: Boise State at Oregon, Georgia at Arizona State.  We love both these games.  BSU at Oregon will be a real test for the Broncos.  They are picked to win the WAC by almost all major preseason magazines, Phil Steele even says that if they can beat Oregon they have a shot at another BCS Bowl Game.  BSU RB Ian Johnson hopes to return to his 2006 form and Oregon QB Nate Costa will most likely be making his third start in front of the Autzen faithful.

Once again, our game of the week features two BCS conferences going head-to-head.  This time, just like Week One, it’s SEC at Pac-10.  The Bulldogs from Georgia, picked by many to win the National Championship, have to travel to the desert to face by far their toughest non-conference opponent.  An away game against a Dennis Erickson-coached team with the most experienced QB in all of college football is not an easy task.  If Arizona State pulls off the upset then they will have full-blown NC dreams themselves.  A game with a possible National Title riding on it is the main game of the weekend for us. (Of course we’re gonna watch every game, but this one trumps all.)

Best Game Week Four: Georgia at Arizona State
Best Game Week Three: Ohio State at USC
Best Game Week Two: Oregon State at Penn State
Best Game Week One: Tennessee at UCLA