MAC Championship Game on right now. 3-0 Ohio over Northern Illinois with about 8 minutes to go in the first. I know, exciting, right?
Perhaps on a more intriguing note, Oregon will be nerve gassing UCLA on FOX at 8 PM EST.
Has an unranked team beat a top 10 team in a championship game in the BCS era?
I can't think of any
Actually, the mumbling about Division I is that this game is Rick Neuheisel's swan song.
Gotta love Wikipedia. In 1996 (pre- BCS era), Unranked Texas beat #3 Nebraska 37-27.
And the SEC Championship game has never even featured an unranked team
You could probably hear a fart ten rows behind you. 10-0 Bobcats now, incidentally.
The MAC needs to play this game at one of the schools home venues.
Not sure how much it would really help where the average ho,e attendance has five digits, but we totally should. How much more fun would tomorrow game be in east Lansing or madison instead of a half-empty NFL stadium in the middle of Indiana? And in addition to the better atmosphere it would pro de more value to the regular season. UCLA ought to be at some disadvantage for instance in exchange for the fact that they totally blow.
....among the Huskies cheerleaders....*remembers the whole marriage thing*
Hell of a nice pan by the cameraman. Football was a great creation. However, I think that the volleyball type shorts may win in a vote for me as to best invention. Some of these smaller conference schools "bring it" in the women department. (See North Texas)
Oregon is a 32 point favorite in the inaugural Pac12 championship game. I can't remember one that bad since I watched Texas beat Colorado 70-3 in the Big12 championship in '05.
I personally couldn't believe that Longhorns team would allow even 3 points against itself.
.....believe in necessarily swarming to the ball up front. Ten yards behind the secondary is where they prefer to catch up with it.
Am I crazy for thinking that UCLA might give Oregon a game?
I must admit that this was a secret hope of mine. After all, it would make the game watchable and what else is UCLA doing right now anyway?
I think you're crazy. UCLA is pretty bad. You can play as emotional and motivated as you want, but they're still bad and Oregon is really good. Oregon will score at will against UCLA.
EDIT: Looking at UCLA's schedule, they allowed 45+ points 4 times this year. Oregon is better offensively than all of those teams, except maybe USC (who scored 50).
Sorry aquaman, this game will rival Texas-Colorado 2005 for lopsidedness (it's a word). I think the home field advantage in this game is worth 49 points...
btw, why shouldn't all conference championships be played at the home field of the conference leader? Look at the attendance in the MAC championship.
edit: there's a reason I never, Never bet on sports...
I'm not saying that UCLA will win, but 2006 USC would like to remind you not to overlook UCLA
would like to remind you that it happened 5 years ago
....at this point, yeah
Why the hell do they play this at Ford Field?
So the MAC champion is used to the building for when they play in the Pizza Bowl a few weeks down the road.
Let's go OU!! brain stompers are on me whenwe win!!!
Already, it's getting good in Eugene....
Gus Johnson giving an intro for the Pac-12 title game almost makes it sound like this will be a tight, hard fought game.
That is true... but... this intro has me terrified about what Fox is going to do with the Big Ten championship game.
Even if the PAC 12 game is a blowout, at least they have a stormtrooper in the crowd.
No comments while UCLA enters the field? Strange
....the Ducks mascot will enter "Easy Rider" style? A terrible inequity.
Trophy looks like a vagina
Sort of reminds me of an oh-too-familiar-circumstance from last year.
And with that I'll just shut my pie hole!
....of the MAC Championship Game yet.
What a brutal game so far. Especially since I am an NIU fan. Getting killed. On another note Ford Field is an awesome facility. It's very impressive. Never been here before
How the hell did they decide to play the game at Autzen Stadium? That seems incredibly unfair, or is that only for this year?
Also, anyone having audio issues with the fox broadcast?
Pac-12 decided to award the championship game to the team with the better record. I think it's a good idea; rewards the best team and gives them the best shot of being a BCS #1 or #2, and virtually guarantees a sellout and a good crowd. I doubt this game sells out if they put it in San Francisco.
I have to hand it to the new PAC12 commissioner. He has done some pretty intelligent things to increase revenue and the conferences likelihood to make a BCS Championship Game with this setup.
Totally agree. The only way these things work are as home games.
It's the same reason a 6/8/16/128 team neutral site playoff won't work for football. Having an actual home team guarantees a sellout and gives the game a better atmosphere. Imagine trying to travel to a Rose Bowl, Fiesta Bowl, and Sugar Bowl in three weeks. There aren't too many fans who can pull that off.
I believe whoever is ranked higher hosts. I could be wrong.
Did #51 on UCLA eat a whole village?
I just think it would be funny. Not happening but they fire the coach then go to the rose bowl at 7-6... That would be funny.
What if UCLA did win? Any chance Oregon could go to a BCS game after losing 3 games? That would suck for the Rose Bowl too!
And the game is over...
Nice start. fumble on 2nd play. Get ready for a ginormous blowout.
Tragically brief. Fumble.
vroom! vroom! vroom!
aaaaand game over.
Brutally short. Touchdown.
That looked too easy
Yeah, not having a safety isn't going to work.
UCLA will not be able to have 18 in the box. It would only add a minute or so to an Oregon drive.
Is it just me, or is this the most underwhelming championship game imaginable? Holy shit I hope the B1G game doesn't suck like this one.
Sounded like they were playing in mono!
If UCLA's receiving team starts complaining of deja vu, then yes, it is.
....but why compound the overarching problem here?
shouldnt ohio university be refered to as 'ohio (not that ohio)' now?
Not a big USC fan.... but they would have made the game more entertaining
Wow, Oregon might actually cover.
UCLA just recovered that fumble.
No matter, they might cover yet.
EDIT: Did Tacopants transfer? Is he a Bruin now?
Entirely possible given Prince's inability to throw. So glad their AD screwed around with the decision and lost the chance to hire Rodriguez. /s
Someone doesn't know the metric system. A decimeter is like four inches.
I think UCLA got jobbed on that 4th down spot.
EDIT: Doesn't matter, because they just got a pick 6! Probably wouldn't have scored otherwise
the sound quality is awful. This doesn't feel like college football. It should be on espn
Is it based on the last link? The rubber on the base of the pole? Dies the ref even know for sure?
He stepped out of bounds.
Go Bruins! Guess Oregon might actually have to play tonight.
If Oregon were to somehow lose this game what are the chances they fall outside the BCS top 14?
Almost guarateed. I promise you we'd be above them if they lost to UCLA tonight.
I don't think they'll fall below 14, but it shouldn't affect us. Stanford will get an at-large bid regardless.
You're right, they'd probably wind up at 14 (maybe even 13 is OU loses to OSU(NTOSU)). Which would suck for Stanford, since then Oregon could be picked over Stanford for an at-large, right?
They could be, but I personally feel like a one loss Stanford is a sexier pick for the BCS than two loss Oregon. Either way, I think it doesn't help or hurt Michigan now.
We are basically cheering for:
2. Wisconsin to win huge (or, unfortunately, MSU to win huge)
3. Southern Miss
4. Oklahoma State
Well, as unlikely as it is, Oregon losing would certainly help us since they would almost certainly drop below us.
Basically, we need two of the four things you listed to happen. One of them is almost sure to happen with the Big Ten champ game, and a couple of the others are very likely. I think we'll be fine.
If Oregon loses, it wouldn't matter. UCLA would be going to the Rose Bowl and Stanford would get an at-large bid. Oregon would be out of the picture.
Fox is terrible.
if hell freezes over and UCLA somehow wins, does Oregon drop below us? If not, they would provide competition for an at large bid.
beaten to the punch.
They would most likely drop below us, but even if they didn't, they wouldn't be competition for an at-large. UCLA would go to the Rose Bowl, and Stanford would get an at-large bid. Or, if Oregon stayed in the top-14 and got a bid, it would eliminate Stanford from getting one. Either way, it could only help us, it can't hurt us.
Nope, only 2 BCS bids are coming out of the Pac12. Stanford and UCLA/Oregon, so everyone should root for UCLA, so Oregon can drop below us.
Ohio Bobcats chant "beat ohio".
UCLA's defense? Nowhere to be found on that play.
If it weren't for the two Oregon TOs, this might be 28-0 already, at least 21-0.
UCLA's offense just looks so slow
What a shit drive for the Ducks. UCLA could get great field position here.....
.....or it gets downed at the 31. Shifty punt, that was.
EDIT: +15 yards for UCLA on the unnecessary roughness call.
DOUBLE EDIT: UCLA, WHY YOU NO SECURE THE BALL?
Seven nation army!!!
Lol @ Oregon. Their players look like midgets next to UCLA's.
This game is really terrible. What is that, four turnovers in the 1st quarter?
....you could watch three more quarters of this or freebase diesel fuel.
That was great defense!
UCLA should typically have 2 CBs and 2 safeties. Where are they?
Ya the one time time anyone stays up to watch this conference they are not acquitting themselves well. Which is unfortunate because it is a good conference... I'm told.
Eh, not really. They have three exciting teams and nine that aren't worth watching. Next year will be worse without Andrew Luck and (likely) Matt Barkley.
Man, Oregon turned the ball over twice and still managed to score 21 points in the first quarter.
You can play with a casual disregard and still beat UCLA?
This is absolutely terrible. Bad announcers, bad camera work, and bad sound. The only thing good is that it's in HD.
Fox's football coverage is just awful. I'd get it if they weren't broadcasting NFL games, but they have a lot of football experience.
Is that just as bad?
and answering the question "what would happen if you had Gus Johnson call a sport he doesn't know at all."
Predictably, the results are... not good.
Is Oregon's defense usually this bad?
21-14. Oregon looks sloppy.
Cover "WHAAAA?" play by the Ducks there.
UCLA has always been my 2nd football team. Great drive, empty that playbook.
Plus I loathe Chip Kelly and Oregon.
And anyway if you end up getting pasted, just wait for the upcoming Oregon probation to hit.
Ya but it just feels dirty for a team as bad as UCLA to be in the arose Bowl
I dislike Oregon the most of any non-rival football team. They represent everything that is wrong with college football. No history, no tradition, just wealthy boosters buying their way to respectability via an unholy alliance with Nike. A bunch of mercenary recruits drawn by flashy uniforms to play in front of an artificially constructed fanbase. Not to mention the way the media and "smart football" slobber over their offense while ignoring its glaring deficiencies.
It's just how you do it at Oregon apparently. TD Ducks.
the required holding on the d player who would force the whole thing inside.
Oh well, they were going to score anyways...just get Thomas throwing over 10 yards in the air and you have a chance.
I wonder if Oregon fans know when they put their hands together and form the spade-shaped "O" they're all saying Vagina in I.S.L. The deaf community sure notices, lol. Fits in real well with the Pac 12 Championship trophy.
There's an international sign language and we made out own? Are we just being dicks like with the Metric System
Ironically, I think that American Sign Language is actually based on French Sign Language - so we followed them there, but not into the metric system. Sign languages tend to be quite fragmented compared with spoken ones, with lots of small communities developing completely novel ones (as opposed to the more evolutionary relationships between spoken languages).
When I turned it on, I was shocked to see that UCLA has actually put up 14 points.
That tackle was positively GERGian
When did UCLA start putting helmet stickers?
Wow that was some good blocking on the screen.
Apparently, we didn't work on pitches and laterals in Los Angeles.
.....and another Ducks TD. Someone has let Neuheisel know that a defensive backfield is a strategic plus,right?
this will end up a true reflection of the program under Neuheisel.
Someone alert Borges, that TD was one of those evil bubble screens!
At least Fox doesn't have the Dr Pepper commercials...
Fox should stick to the NFL.
Yes they do. There has been more PItbull already this evening than is ever acceptable befo midnight
Fox can't even get the yellow 1st down line for this game?
Can't believe I thought UCLA had a chance for the upset. I am an idiot.
Not sacked. Fucking sacked.
I guess they don't call holding on the Oregon team.
This Bruin team has just FOUGHT...to a 21 point deficit.
Clutch field goal, still down by 3 scores.
35-17 Oregon at the half. If only Fox did not have the endzone camera on Venus....that FG looked like it was miles away and I was sitting seven feet from a big flatscreen.
Northern Illinois is making quite a comeback for your halftime entertainment
Obvious that Neuheisel is just saying screw it let's just get wild tonight.
The sextuple option? It's coming in the second half.
Bad snap by Ohio (Not That Ohio).
but still down 3 possessions. Hmm.
Apparently Rick thinks he still has something to lose.
Ohio (nth) looks defeated already
this whole broadcast is awkward. fox is sucking at this
"I'm not dead yet!"
The Pace 12 plays defense almost as well as the Big 12, lol.
The Fox coverage of the Pac 12 game is absolutely atrocious. Even the halftime is pathetic. This same circus is then coming to the B1G championship game tomorrow.
And this is what they were going to trivialize the Michigan - Ohio State game for? The theory was that the only way Michigan and Ohio State would ever play for the Rose Bowl again was to have them play for it in the B1G championship game (which would also coincidentally get big ratings and generate lots of $$$).
A Michigan - Ohio State game in Indianapolis in a soulless NFL dome, announced by Fox, and sharing the stage with the guy who wins $100,000 for throwing plastic footballs through a giant Dr. Pepper can is no Michigan - Ohio State game.
Much better to have us in the same division and have to fight it out in the last game of the year to advance to the B1G championship. Winner moves on, loser licks his wounds. Every year.
This schlock-fest we are watching now is no substitute in any way, shape, or form.
about the Dr. Pepper guy. He was all excited after he won (understandably for winning 100k) but just looked like an uber douche for beating a girl. I think the crowd even boo'd him.
Nice angles and tackling there.
Yeah, when you see three or four missed tackles on a single play...yeesh! Oregon's defense isn't much better.
All I can think of when I hear Gus Johnson is that Buffalo Wild Wings commercial. "With the SEEEEEMMM"
For your enjoyment:
fire Gerg before it's too late!
Fox is atrocious for college football. They shouldn't even have it n their network. I'm so glad that they don't have the BCS anymore. In a perfect world it would be on ABC.
He seems like a good dude. Am I wrong? I hope so, especially if he goes to OSU.
My roommate who doesnt watch football walked into the room and immediately goes "wow the tackling in this game is terrible"
I'm laughing at the announcers when they talk.
Every time someone gets a 10 yard run the announcers get excited like someone just completed a hail mary
was canned. Dude's team is terrible.
You don't have your big fullback in when you need a yard??? The guy who they can't stop???
A Neuheisel-led o vs Gerg-led d...purgatory?
Oregon is the epitome of the spread offense. They are the role model that everyone wants to emulate.
This is bizarre, but our current offense under Borges is in that same league. Who knew?
It still makes me lol that when you type "rick neu" into google "rick neuheisel hot seat" pops up.
UCLA engineering a 15 play 7 minute drive with 5 minutes left on the clock.
the Luke Fickell clock management award at the end of the game.
that was an insane catch
It'll be interesting to see how many points Oregon will be able to score against Wisconsin or the Spartans.
Is that dude making an O or a snatch?
USC would have wiped the floor with Oregon in the rematch. Damn Reggie Bush for screwing up again.
Some people on this Board lost some money. All the talk this week was this was an easy line for Oregon. Even playing a 7 point teaser made this one a loser.
will have some trouble with Wisconsin's power game. They are fast but so much smaller, at times UCLA was running very well on them. Of course Bielema could like last year suddenly have a Christmas revelation that they are in fact a passing team.
I won't speculate on Sparty.