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Would you watch a Pac-10 Network?

Due to the current economy and huge disparity between itself and other major conferences, the Pac-10 is considering starting its’ own network.  It would be modeled after the Big 10 network, which already has a deal with Fox Sports Net, the same company the Pac-10 currently has most of its’ TV rights through.

As part of our “sports package” we get the Big 10 Network.  Have watched it occasionally, usually on Saturday’s during football season.  They show some interesting pieces, especially one about the rivalry between Bo Schembechler and Woody Hayes.  It’s also cool to see some of the old game film from the ’70’s and ’80’s.

With the Pac-10 falling $88.62 million behind the Big 10 in revenue for the 2007 fiscal year, anything to bridge that gap seems reasonable.  We would watch, provided it made sure every football game was on TV and most basketball games.  Oh, and they can’t hire Jason Gesser as an analyst.

% of Tackles Back

Phil Steele, the football-nerd that he is, has created a new chart  detailing how many defensive tackles every FBS team is returning this year.  In other words, how players who were making tackles in 2008 are back to do it again in 2009.

A quick look at the numbers reveals a few things:

1.) Stanford returns the most in the conference, 77.8%. 

2.) Oregon State returns the least at 43.6%.  That also ranks 115 out of 120 FBS teams.

3.) USC only returns 46.0% of its’ tackles.  That could mean a loss or two for USC this season.

We love this stat because it really gives you a clearer picture of what experience brings you.  Saying a team returns 7 starters on defense doesn’t mean much, but when you can break it down and see how many contributors are coming back, then accurate predictions can be made.

After the jump, a complete listing of Pac-10 teams with their ranking out of 120 FBS teams.

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