The Valentine’s Day edition of the Daily Five: Why You’re Going To Love The 2018 College Football Season
Daily Five: Why You’re Going To Love The 2018 College Football Season
5. The Pac-12 South
The Pac-12 has become college football’s version of White Castle. There are parts of it that don’t make you feel so good, and for most of the country, it’s way too hard to find. But when it’s right, and you stumble upon it at the right time … yum.
And, for a large portion of the world – because when the games are played – both are often consumed by the Harold and Kumar types.
That whole #Pac12AfterDark thing is sort of cool, but it also eliminates every casual fan in a reasonable time zone. Being on the Pac-12 Network isn’t helping the cause, either.
However, now the Pac-12 should be front-and-center in the national consciousness, mainly because the South has just kicked it in big-time when it comes to coaching personalities.
Utah’s faster more diverse offense should be better in Year Two of the change, Colorado will be improved, and USC is USC, but it’s the other three schools that will make the South a thing.
If nothing else, Herm Edwards is going to give the best press conferences. The Arizona State experiment should make for fascinating theater.
Kevin Sumlin was a fantastic get for Arizona – the program might have fallen up out of the Rich Rodriguez debacle. The Sumlin offense and style didn’t quite fly in the SEC, but you can win big in the Pac-12 with a lot of offense and mediocre D.
And then there’s UCLA. If Chip Kelly can do for the Bruins what he did at Oregon, then all of a sudden, Los Angeles might just turn into the center of the college football world.
Throw in another year of Khalil Tate at Arizona, and this is going to be fun.