Author: Jon Joseph

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I Now Pronounce You Big 12 & Pac-12; You May Kiss the Bride

Dear Reader, the following was my response to a suggestion that all teams including Florida International, play in a postseason bowl game and a criticism of the ridiculously bloated post season. Florida International University, Bowls for everyone? All 128 schools play a...

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Saban Coerces 2017 Najee Harris, “Go East, Young Man”

If the nation’s 2017 No. 1 recruit, running back Najee Harris from Antioch, California, stays true to his verbal commitment to the Alabama Crimson Tide, he will follow QB Blake Barnett as another recent top-rated California high school football player opting to play for St. Nick Saban. Indeed,...

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Playoff Committee Ignores SOS, Good Ship Pac-12 Sinks

In 2015, the College Football Playoff Committee (Committee) seemingly paid no attention to strength of schedule (SOS.) The Committee, by design or lack thereof, has no standard metric to judge a team’s SOS. Accordingly, overall wins in 2015 trumped any...

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The Dandy Dozen: Projections for the 2016 Season

The 2016 preseason Top 25 college football (CFB) polls, including ESPN’s FPI rankings that we reviewed last week, are pounding down the Pac-12. In the four ‘big time’ polls, the putative 2016 champion Stanford Cardinal is ranked as follows: ESPN 8;...

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ESPN’s Evil Prediction Machine versus the Pac-12

Any college football (CFB) fan with anything more than a passing interest in the game knows that it is next to impossible to escape CFB’s ESPN media supremacy including The Worldwide Leader’s ubiquitous  prediction machine, the Football Power Index (FPI). In...

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An Issue Oregon Football Can’t Duck

Head trauma, including Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) damage and player safety, in general, are major areas of concern today in both the NFL and in college football (CFB). With parents and guardians concerned about head injuries, participation in youth football continues to decline. In response, a number...

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Larry Scott: Either Lead or Get Out of the Way

Mr. Lawrence Scott Commissioner, Pacific 12 Conference 360 3rd Street, 3rd Floor San Francisco, CA 94107 Dear Mr. Commissioner, As a graduate of John Harvard’s University, I am reasonably certain that somewhere along your educational path you studied the 2nd...

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Pac-12 Seeding: “The Beat Goes On”

“And the beat goes on, the beat goes on. East coast bias it never seems to stop, Stanford was denied a Football Playoff spot, McCaffery’s Heisman dreams had no real shot, An Alabama back stole Christian’s deserved slot. And the...

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Johnny Football, Oregon Culture, and an Era Lost

“Whatever is the natural propensity of a person is hard to overcome. If a dog were to be made king, he would still gnaw at his shoelaces.” The Hitopadesha Although he is in the process of doing it incrementally, I certainly hope that...

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How Well Do You REALLY Know the Ducks?

1 ) DUCKS UNLIMITED IS TO DUCKS AS … a butcher shop is to hogs. a glue factory is to horses. a Korean restaurant is to dogs. 2 ) PUDDLES IS BEST KNOWN FOR …  being androgynous. push up prowess. goosing...