Top Heavy With A Feather Light Bottom

PAC-12 fans have spent all year thinking, and believing, that they are the second-best conference to the almighty SEC.  Our only real competition, the Big-Ten and Big-12 (which is which anymore?), maintain that the Pac-12 is too small and too weak to possibly claim that number two spot.  Well, my friends, the first five bowls for the Pac-12 have certainly called our conference’s legitimacy into question.  With a meager 2-3 record and only three games left, the PAC-12 appears to have two contenders, in a speedy Duck team and a powerful Cardinal, and a lot of pretenders.

How can an entire conference’s body of work be put to shame in just a few short weeks?  Producing only two wins in five games, with two of the conference’s four ranked teams losing, will get the people talking.  That the PAC-12’s lone wins are against Nevada and Navy certainly won’t gain the conference any love.  A loss to Boise State, a second half fold against Texas, and letting Baylor walk all over you will only legitimize the nation’s belief of our conference.

So what does this all mean?  It means that PAC-12 fans should be rooting for USC today to dominate Georgia Tech, despite the fact it will gain the conference little recognition.  If the Trojans lose it will only underline the national perception that the PAC-12, outside of Oregon and Stanford, is a weak and top-heavy conference.  In order to gain any respect, the other ten teams need to start pulling their weigh, or at least beat a decent team once in a while.

 

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Brandon Gruber

Brandon Gruber

Brandon is a senior at The University of Oregon majoring in Film Studies and minoring in Communications. Brandon has been a Duck fan for ten years since he moved from southern California to Salem, Oregon, and quickly realized the Ducks were the missing piece in his life. A Pac-12 fan since birth, much of his family attended UCLA and has since converted all of them to the Quack Attack. Brandon interned for the Statesman Journal covering the Salem-Keizer Volcanoes and hopes to work for the Pac-12 in the near future. He also hopes to see the "Flying-V" formation played out on the football field in the fall of 2013. Brandon would love your feedback on any and all articles. Tweet me: @BrandonGruber

  • Andy

    Thanks USC!

  • hokieduck

    What a debacle. USC didn’t bother showing up to the teams’ dinner on Thursday night. Kiffen claims they were “only” a half hour late (and apparently no one on the SC coaching staff or team has heard of cell phones) although the official word is that GT waited for over an hour then asked permission to leave. When SC finally arrived, no one was there.

    Who knew this was a precursor to the game? No one for USC bothered to show up. Kiffen will claim that they did and that Barkley’s injury beat them. But not one person, from Kiffen styling his shades on the sideline to Marquis Lee just going through the motions on the field, even looked interested or upset with the fact that the pre-season #1 team, the team with arguably the most talent in the nation, was being held to one lousy touchdown by a school who hadn’t won a bowl game since leather helmets. A school from the ACC. The freaking ACC!

    I was embarrassed and, for the life of me, I do not understand how Pat Haden, a classy guy, can keep the most classLESS guy in college football as coach of this team.