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The Pac-12 Weekly Update: Arizona and their "murderer's row" of a schedule

Slightly informative news about Pac-12 football. This week, Arizona likes scheduling weak teams, OSU vs. OSU vs. OSU, and more.

RichRod wants to cool it with Power 5 non-conference games.
RichRod wants to cool it with Power 5 non-conference games.
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ESPN has been rolling out individual team previews, with arbitrary best case and worst case records for each school.  For instance, they list ASU's best case record at 10-3, and their worst case record at 4-8.  This is stupid.  If ASU wins 10 games in the regular season, then their BEST case scenario is LOSING in the Pac-12 Championship and then LOSING in a bowl game?  I would think they have a shot to win that game.  Conversely, if ASU loses their first seven games in a row, they probably have a good shot to lose more than eight.  In reality, ASU's best case record is 15-0 and their worst case record is 0-12.  And every other team's best case record is 15-0 and their worst case record is 0-12 as well.

Team Updates


  • Last week, RichRod said he was against scheduling only Power 5 conference teams, saying that "some of those [Group of Five teams] are better than the so-called 'haves' [Power Five teams]."  Uh, coach, this year you're playing UNLV (who lost to Arizona 58-13 and Minnesota 51-23 last year), Nevada (who lost to UCLA 58-20 and FSU 62-7), and UTSA (who lost to Arizona 38-13 and Oklahoma State 56-35).  Fun fact: the next non-conference Power 5 opponent for Arizona is SEC powerhouse Mississippi State in 2022.
#18 Arizona State:
#4 Oregon:
Oregon State:
#11 Stanford:
#7 UCLA:
  • FIGHT SONG UPDATE: While the school has changed the words of Utah's fight song to be more inclusive, the football team will vote for what version they will sing this year.
#15 USC:
#25 Washington:
  • Things got awkward between Boise State and Chris Petersen when he agreed that Power 5 teams should only play Power 5 non-conference opponents.  Then he backtracked.
Washington State:

Completely Arbitrary Bowl Projections

Since there has been no news about Cody Kessler taking a selfie this past week, USC is back in the postseason.

Rose Bowl presented by Northwestern Mutual (playoff): Oregon (13-0) vs. Georgia (11-1)

Allstate Sugar Bowl (playoff): Oregon State (11-1) vs. South Carolina (13-0)

Valero Alamo Bowl: Arizona State (11-2) vs. West Virginia (7-5)

National University Holiday Bowl: USC (10-2) vs. Michigan (8-4)

Cactus Bowl: UCLA (10-2) vs. an actual Bowl of Cacti (7-5)

San Francisco Bowl: Arizona (7-5) vs. Wake Forest (8-4)

Hyundai Sun Bowl: Washington (7-5) vs. Nevada (9-3)

Royal Purple Las Vegas Bowl: Utah (6-6) vs. Northwestern (6-6)