Its another week for the roundtable, and I'm fashionably late again. Pitchfork Nation is hosting this week. Here goes"
The Pacific-10 Conference expanded to its current state in 1978 when Arizona and Arizona State left the WAC to create the dysfunctional family we now are all members of today. In the 30 years in our current state, I think it's pretty obvious that we did not see a weekend as pathetic as we did last week when seven teams lost, four of them to Mountain West Conference foes, one as a 25 1/2 point favorite, one to Baylor (no more explanation needed) and one which was their worst loss since the Great Depression.
Thankfully, last week is over and we move on to this weekend, where there's a primetime televised matchup (Georgia/ASU), a middling conference game and three others. The question is, how does the conference save face this week?
Conquest Chronicles, if you feel like stretching out and passing on this question, feel free. You're more than excused
Hey now, can we be excused? I know it wasn't pretty, but we did go on the road a beat a BCS school. We held up our end of the bargain!
It was a bad weekend in terms of national perception. The bottom half of this conference in downright putrid. UW and WSU are two of the worst BCS teams in teh country, so you have to hold out hope that OSU, Stanford, Arizona, or UCLA can make some headway. You'd like to see one or two of those teams do okay, because if we couldn't fill in all our bowl slots, that would be embarrassing. I don't know what to make of ASU now, there was no excuse to lose that game. And, while Cal is suspect defensively, I still think they'll be okay.
But USC is clearly #1 with a big gap, and Oregon is clearly #2 with a big gap to #3. The damage of last weekend was done, and it won't be undone in a week (unless maybe ASU pulls off a miracle against Georgia.
After everything that happened this past weekend, the two teams that are left nationally ranked are the Trojans and the Ducks. The Trojans did it in stunningly efficient fashion over a clearly overmatched Ohio State team while the Ducks pulled off a rousing comeback with a backup QB in a very hostile Purdue environment.