If you didn't watch college football on Thursday, you missed one very entertaining day of games. The slate was headlined by the two college football playoff contests. Oregon and Ohio State prevailed and will now play for the National Championship. The question now, is who will you root for?
Judging by my Twitter timeline during the game, it appeared most of the Cougar fans I follow sided with the Ducks. Hard to say whether that was pro Pac-12 allegiance or a lot of people were just tired of talking about the Noles. Oregon now moves on to face Urban Meyer and Ohio State, not exactly a favorite team of most.
I typically side with Pac-12 teams when the games don't involve or impact WSU. Less so when Oregon and Washington are involved. However, forced to choose between Oregon and Ohio State, I'll pick the Ducks, mostly because Marcus Mariota is so much fun to watch. The Ducks got some fortunate bounces against FSU -- okay maybe every fortunate bounce -- but Mariota still shined. It's good to see he doesn't just play at an absurd level against WSU.
Who will you be rooting for, next Monday? The Ducks, the Buckeyes, no one?
Pac-12 power rankings: ASU men’s basketball enters conference play with room to grow | ASU News | The State Press | Arizona State University
The one Pac-12 team that could classify as "bad," the Cougars have played a soft non-conference schedule (219th in Pomeroy as of Jan. 1) and have not fared well against it. The best win for Washington State came in its last game against Big West Conference leader UC Davis (9-3).
Cougars gear up for play in Pac-12 - Spokesman.com - Jan. 2, 2015
Stanford coach Johnny Dawkins and Washington State’s Ernie Kent both have a tendency to refer to their first dozen or so games, the ones played against nonconference opponents, as the "preseason."
Cats Open Up Pac-12 Play With Washington State on Saturday - The University of Arizona Official Athletic Site
The Wildcats aim to claim their sixth consecutive home victory, as they open up conference play against Washington State, Saturday at noon MST, inside McKale Center.