Pac-12 notebook: Conference has a chance of 8 bowl-eligible teams

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  • Mormon Ute Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 3:00 p.m.

    Old ball coach,

    Virtually every reporter in the country has Stanford and Oregon getting BCS bids.

  • pocyUte Pocatello, ID
    Nov. 17, 2011 1:37 p.m.

    Old Ball,

    Remember, OU has to play OSU, giving them 2 losses and dropping them below Stanford and Oregon.

  • Old ball coach Sandy, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 11:47 a.m.

    No way Pac 12 gets 2 BCS teams...especially with OU and Alabama ahead in the BCS standings....Utah will be headed to Las TCU!

  • Utah Hs Sports Fan SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 9:41 a.m.

    I agree that there are way too many bowl games. They should be cut down by 10 at least. Then you will get better match ups and do away with the worthless bowls that nobody watches. If you cant finish at least 2 games over .500 you dont deserve to go to a bowl. Some of these teams if they lose their pecious bowl game finish under .500! Look i get that most if these coaches dont care about what bowl they go to. What it means for them is more practice time. If you go to a bowl you get another month if not more of practice which in utahs case gives chow a chance to work with some of these younger kids and have a chance to get them even more familiar with his new system. But with that being said I can do without the Beef O'Bradys St. Petersburg Bowl or that big Belk Bowl. Instead give me college basketball where at least to get to see powerhouses play eachother every week and worry about a loss and if it will take them out of the BCS race. Go Utah win out 8-4 would look good!

  • Captain Sweatpants Hampstead, NC
    Nov. 17, 2011 9:37 a.m.

    PAC 10.2 Doormat,

    Oh yeah, I forgot. The Cougars don't lose to the Tues. They just beat themselves.

    With increasing frequency.....

  • Captain Sweatpants Hampstead, NC
    Nov. 17, 2011 9:35 a.m.

    PAC 10.2 Doormat,

    I think you're right. It's too easy to qualify for bowl games now days.

    Maybe teams that get beaten by 44 on their home field shouldn't go to bowls...

  • Big R La Palma, CA
    Nov. 17, 2011 8:40 a.m.

    A year ago I don't think the Pac-10 was embarrassed. Did you talk to them? Most likely they were relieved because they lose money on the bottom 3 or 4 bowls. It saved the conference and all of the schools money to not fill those bowls. That is the one of those secrets you don't know about. Coaches all want to go to bowls because they get bonuses and there is some prestige to say you went to a bowl, but administrators who worry about budget would prefer to not go to a lower tier bowl where they are going to lose money. The conference doesn't really care either way, but there is less money to distribute to the schools when the lower bowls don't pay out enough to cover costs. Schools are obligated to purchase a set amount of tickets, use a certain number of hotel rooms, etc. Colleges should vote to only allow teams with 8 wins to go to a bowl instead of permitting a 6-6 team to play.

  • Griz Salt Lake City, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 8:17 a.m.

    El Paso sounds exciting.

  • yarrlydarb Ogden, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 8:08 a.m.

    "Pac-12 notebook: Conference has a chance of 8 bowl-eligible teams"

    Yes. That's true.

    And it's also true that every dog in town gets to go bowling.

    Putting it into the proper perspective, I'd rather watch my grandson's high school scrimmage than the majority of bowl games in today's world; that's a lot more exciting.

  • PAC 10.2 Doormat Springville, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 7:19 a.m.

    Football accomplishments are becoming commonplace. There are simply too many bowl games.

    How about we just give every team and player a trophy for trying?

  • Magic Happens Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 6:24 a.m.

    RE: Mike Johnson. When I reviewed the PAC12 stats, it was easy to see he meant total offense. My comment was only a reminder to do a better job of proof reading, after all this is the D News and he was talking about Utah. Remember what Reagan said to Gorbachev, "Trust but verify."

  • KamUte South Jordan, UT
    Nov. 17, 2011 6:17 a.m.

    Holiday Bowk in San Diego would be great. Also has a 2 million payout.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    Nov. 16, 2011 11:45 p.m.

    He meant last in total offense, not total defense. Utah is averaging 307.3 yards per game in offense.

  • MiP Iowa City, IA
    Nov. 16, 2011 10:59 p.m.

    Magic Happens, thanks for correcting him.

    Washington State may win one more game this year, but it's a long shot at winning both. I think you can pretty well count UCLA in, with Colorado on the schedule. If they don't beat the Buffs though, they won't get past USC either.

    IF Utah can manage to finish 8-4, they will get the Sun. Would be nice!

    Go Utes!

  • Magic Happens Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 16, 2011 8:58 p.m.

    Hey Mike a second time. My error, the latest latest conference standings have Utah as 1st in scoring defense, not tied for 2nd and still 3rd in total defense.

  • Magic Happens Kaysville, UT
    Nov. 16, 2011 8:54 p.m.

    Hey Mike, just a slight correction, according to today's official PAC12 standings, Utah is 2nd (tied) in scoring defense and 3rd in total defense, not last as you report.