Rollercoaster Ride of a Pac-10 Season
The Pac-10 excluding USC is down in NCAA football.
The Pac-10 goes undefeated in bowl season and all of a sudden isn’t so bad.
The Pac-10 is down in NCAA men’s basketball as their only wins are against each other.
The Pac-10 goes 5-1 in the first round of the NCAA tournament and surprises everyone.
The Pac-10 goes 0-2 on day three of the NCAA tournament including Coach Howland’s worst loss as head coach of the UCLA Bruins and Washington Huskies losing essentially on their home court.
Day four of the tournament? Arizona, Arizona St., and USC.
If they go 0-3, not two days after being praised by the likes of Dick Vitale and others, the Pac-10 is once again overrated and couldn’t compete with quality competition.
This endless cycle will probably never end either. The Pac-10 is the only true round robin league of the major conferences allowing teams to play everyone.
This is not like other bigger leagues where top tier teams may never play against each other and save themselves an additional loss.
But it doesn’t matter. The East Coast bias is forever going to be an influence.
And it probably should.
Every year Pac-10 football is referred to as “the Pac-10 excluding USC.”
USC has left the rest of their league in the dust and rightfully has separated themselves. USC’s biggest games don’t even come in conference anymore as it’s in their nonconference or bowl schedule.
And when USC does lose it was never a superior opponent but a mental mishap.
As for basketball, the west hasn’t won anything of late. UCLA is considered the class of Pac-10 basketball and how have they gone out?
With their worst losses of each season coming on their last game.
Run off the court by Florida, twice. Memphis controlled the tempo and UCLA never posed a major threat. And getting pounded and pushed over by Villanova in an embarrassing and humiliating fashion.
To top if off, Darren Collison says in his press conference, “I thought they were fouling too hard.”
Yes, you can say it. Darren Collison, and the rest of the Bruins for that matter, are sissies and if they are you might as well call the rest of the Pac-10 sissies as well.
The Pac-10 approached with any challenge and the result?
The Pac-10 excluding USC football gets out toughed, out matched, outplayed and every other synonym as they are sent home with another disgruntling loss.
“The Pac-10 excluding USC…” East Coast bias is contagious.
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