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AllPac10.com: Chronicle of the 2009-10 Pac-10 Football Season

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, September 3, 2010 1:59 pm

Thank you all for your support over the 2009-10 football season. We had a great time bringing you coverage, opinion, and predictions of all ten of the Pac-10’s team. We continue to be huge fans of the conference, and our experience with this site brought us even more respect for its great fans.

Thank you,
Dave and Sam

Poinsettia Bowl: Utah Utes VS. Cal Bears

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, December 23, 2009 6:58 am

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL
San Diego, California
#23 Utah Utes (9-3) VS. Cal Bears (8-4)
Wednesday, December 23, 5:00 PM PST

Las Vegas Favorite: Cal -3.0

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Pac-10 Bowl Matchups

By Dave Consolazio, December 8, 2009 3:01 pm

MAACO BOWL LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas, Nevada
#18 Oregon State Beavers (8-4) VS. #14 BYU Cougars (10-2)
Tuesday, December 22, 5:00 PM PST

SAN DIEGO COUNTY CREDIT UNION POINSETTIA BOWL
San Diego, California
#23 Utah Utes (9-3) VS. Cal Bears (8-4)
Wednesday, December 23, 5:00 PM PST

EMERALD BOWL
San Francisco, California
Boston College Eagles (8-4) VS. #24 USC Trojans (8-4)
Saturday, December 26, 5:00 PM PST

PACIFIC LIFE HOLIDAY BOWL
San Diego, California
#20 Arizona Wildcats (8-4) VS. #22 Nebraska Cornhuskers (9-4)
Wednesday, December 30, 5:00 PM PST

BRUT SUN BOWL
El Paso, Texas
Oklahoma Sooners (7-5) VS. #21 Stanford Cardinal (8-4)
Thursday, December 31, 11:00 AM PST

ROSE BOWL GAME PRESENTED BY CITI
Pasadena, California
#8 Ohio State Buckeyes (10-2) VS. #7 Oregon Ducks (10-2)
Friday, January 1, 1:30 PM PST


UCLA – *UCLA will receive invite to the EagleBank Bowl if Navy defeats Army

Week 14 Game Matchup: Cal Bears VS. Washington Huskies

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, December 4, 2009 1:27 pm

Cal Bears (8-3) vs. Washington Huskies (4-7)
Saturday, December 5, 3:30 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: Cal -7.0

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Pac-10 Pros Three Stars of the Week: Aaron Rodgers, Justin Forsett, Andre Iguodala

By Brian Consolazio, December 1, 2009 8:04 pm

#1 Star: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Alma Mater: Cal
Stats (11/26): 28 for 39 348 Yards, 3 TDs, 0 INTs, 124.7 QB Rating

Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers continued their push for one of the NFC Wild Card spots in a huge Thanksgiving Day beat down against the Detroit Lions 34 – 12. Rodgers matched a career high in touchdowns this week and once again showed what he can do with time in the pocket.

Down 7 – 0, Rodgers connected with Donald Lee on a seven yard touchdown reception to the right to tie the game at seven. With the Packers up 13 – 7 at halftime, Rodgers kicked it up another notch in the second half completing another seven yard touchdown score, this time to Donald Driver, and a 21 yard shot down the middle to James Jones to give the Packers a 27 – 7 lead late in the third quarter. The Packers would coast to victory and Rodgers would also finish the game with his second highest QB Rating of the season.

Rodgers had his fourth 340+ yard game of the season and the Packers are 3-1 this season when he has hit that mark. If he can continue to get time in the pocket and spread the ball around like he has (completed passes to eight different receivers), the Packers should continue to roll right along and get into a playoff spot.

# 2 Star: Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks
Alma Mater: Cal
Stats (11/29): 22 Rushes for 130 Yards, 2 TDs

With Julius Jones still out due to injury, Justin Forsett once again put up huge numbers to lead the Seattle Seahawks to victory this week over the St. Louis Rams 27 – 17. Forsett also led the Seahawks to their first road victory of the year, coming in at 0-5.

Forsett started off the scoring in the game with a three yard rush to the right to give the Seahawks a 7 – 0 lead. Up 17 – 10 early in the fourth quarter, Forsett pounded in a two yard rush to the left this time to put the game out of reach at 24 – 10. Forsett averaged 5.9 yards per carry and posted his second 120+ yard game in his three starts.

I know the old saying goes “you cant lose your starting position to injury”, but Mora is going to have a tough decision when Jones comes back next week. Forsett has 385 yards with a 6.8 yard average while Jones has 392 yards on a 3.7 yard average. You make the call.

# 3 Star: Andre Iguodala, Philadelphia 76ers
Alma Mater: Arizona
Stats (11/24 – 11/30): 18.6 Pts, 7.4 Rebs, 6.6 Asts, 2.6 Stls, 37% FG Pct

The Philadelphia 76ers are not off to the best start in the world (5-13) and have lost seven straight, but they definitely cannot point the finger at their star shooting guard/small forward Andre Iguodala. Iguodala has found a way to put up his usual points as well as spread the ball around leading the 76ers in assists in all five games during the week.

On November 25th, against the Boston Celtics, Iguodala posted his best game of the week. He had 25 points, nine rebounds, nine assists, and one steal in the three point loss. Against the Hawks on November 27th, Iguodala again flirted with a triple double, posting 16 points, nine rebounds, eight assists, and two steals. Against the Spurs two nights later, Iguodala once again filled the stat sheet with 21 points, eight rebounds, seven assists, and a season high five steals.

If Iguodala can continue to put up these types of numbers, and anyone else on the team can step up and help him out a little, the 76ers could potentially turn things around. Iguodala is a superstar in the league and it is a shame that he plays on such a bad team where a lot of people don’t get to see him to often.

Honorable Mentions:

Cal’s Tony Gonzalez (9 Receptions for 83 Yards)
USC’s Brian Cushing (11 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 TD)
UCLA’s Baron Davis (21.3 Pts, 3.7 Rebs, 6.0 Asts, 1.0 Stls 52% FG Pct)
Stanford’s Brook Lopez (21.8 Pts, 10.0 Rebs, 1.8 Asts 1.3 Blks 49% FG Pct)

AllPac10’s CBSSports.com BlogPoll: Top 25 Poll for Week 14

AllPac10.com was excited to accept an invitation to join CBSSports.com’s Blog Poll, which is run by Brian Cook who has a great Michigan blog over at www.mgoblog.com. You can read more about the premise by heading over to the Blog Poll via the link below, but it is essentially like a coaches or media poll except it is made up by top blogs across the country!

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida – Tim Tebow and the Gators had no trouble with the Seminoles on Senior Day. Now comes the toughest test of the season by far.
2 Texas – Texas was pushed to the limit by Texas A&M but Colt McCoy continues to impress.
3 Alabama – ‘Bama almost had its perfect season spoiled in the Iron Bowl. The Tide must be substantially better in the SEC Title Game.
4 TCU
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State
7 Oregon – The Ducks have used the bye week to prepare for a Civil War for the ages.
8 Ohio State 2
9 Iowa 4
10 Georgia Tech – Surprising loss to Georgia.
11 Penn State 1
12 Oregon State – The Beavers will be underdogs this Thursday, but that’s just how Mike Riley likes it. 2
13 Virginia Tech 2
14 LSU 2
15 Pittsburgh – Tough loss to West Virginia. 6
16 Southern Cal – Trojans can still make the Holiday Bowl with a win over ‘Zona. 1
17 California – Cal was off this week and will finish the season with Washington. 1
18 Miami (Florida) 1
19 Oklahoma State – A shockingly poor effort vs. Oklahoma, particularly on offense. 8
20 Brigham Young 3
21 Stanford – The Cardinal beat Notre Dame in a classic, and Toby Gerhart couldn’t have made a better Heisman statement.
22 Houston 2
23 West Virginia
24 Nebraska
25 Utah 4
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out:Clemson (#22), Mississippi (#24), North Carolina (#25).

Pac-10 Pros Three Stars of the Week: Aaron Rodgers, Brook Lopez, DeSean Jackson

By Brian Consolazio, November 24, 2009 9:36 pm

#1 Star: Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers
Alma Mater: Cal
Stats (11/22): 32/45 for 344 Yards, 2 TDs, 0 INTs, 108.0 QB Rating

With the Green Bay Packers going into a critical game on Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers, they got exactly what they needed from their star quarterback Aaron Rodgers to keep their playoff hopes alive. Rodgers threw a season high 45 times in the game and also completed a season high 32 of those passes to lead the Packers to a 30 – 24 victory.

Rodgers did most of his damage in the first half of the game, throwing for 274 yards and both of his touchdowns. The biggest play of the game came in the second quarter when the Packers were up 6 – 3 and Rodgers found Greg Jennings down the middle of the field for a 64-yard touchdown reception off of a nice play action fake to give the Packers a 13 – 3 lead. Later in the quarter, Rodgers hit Jordy Nelson for a seven-yard score to give the Packers a 20 – 3 lead that they would never lose.

Rodgers completed passes to seven different receivers, with all of them catching at least two balls. If Rodgers can continue to get good protection in the pocket like he did in this one, I think the Packers still have a shot at squeezing into one of the NFC Wild Card spots.

#2 Star: Brook Lopez, New Jersey Nets
Alma Mater: Stanford
Stats (11/17 – 11/21): 18.5 Pts, 10.7 Rebs, 2.0 Asts, 4.0 Blks, 41% FG Pct

For the New Jersey Nets, things can’t get much worse. They are 0-13 to start the season and have been plagued with injuries. One person they cant blame for their early season struggles is last year’s first round pick Brook Lopez.

In Lopez’s three games this week he recorded two double doubles with monster games against both the New York Knicks and Indiana Pacers. Against the Knicks, Lopez scored 18 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to go along with four blocks in only 31 minutes of play in the seven point loss. Lopez was even more dominant against the Pacers, and in his 46 minutes of play he recorded 26 points, a season high 16 rebounds, and a season high five blocks as well.

Brook Lopez has continued his early career success with five double-doubles this season. I’m starting to get the feeling that Lopez will get overlooked in the eyes of most people like the St Louis Rams’ Steven Jackson for the sole purpose that he is on a bad team, but I can almost guarantee you that this won’t be the last time you see him on this list.

#3 Star: DeSean Jackson, Philidelphia Eagles
Alma Mater: Cal
Stats (11/22): 8 Receptions for 107 Yards, 1 TD, 1 Rush for 10 Yards

What a shocker here, when the Philadelphia Eagles are struggling and need a win, they always seem to get a huge night from their star wide receiver DeSean Jackson. This time with a 5-4 record going into Sunday, Jackson showcased his top notch speed on Sunday Night Football in the Eagles 24 – 20 win over the Chicago Bears.

Jackson matched a season high eight receptions in the game, proving to be more reliable then just a big play receiver who makes two to three catches a game. Jackson did however show his big play abilities as well in this one, when he burned the entire Bears secondary on a play action fake, scoring a 48-yard touchdown reception to give the Eagles a 17 – 12 lead late in the third quarter. Down 20 to 17 in the fourth, on the Eagles eventual game winning drive, Jackson made three catches for 24 yards, all for first downs.

DeSean Jackson now has touchdowns in five different games on the year and in those games the Eagles are 4-1. I don’t know if Jackson has a problem with his consistency, but when he is on, the Eagles seem to win, and they will definitely need more big games like this to stay in playoff contention.

Honorable Mentions:

Oregon State’s Steven Jackson (24 Carries for 116 Yards, 1 TD)
Cal’s Tony Gonzalez (8 Receptions for 82 Yards, 1 TD)
Cal’s Jason Kidd (8.5 Pts, 7.5 Rebs, 9.5 Asts, 3.5 Stls, 32% FG Pct)
UCLA’s Russell Westbrook (18.5 Pts, 3.5 Rebs, 6.0 Asts, 1.5 Stls, 44% FG Pct)
Washington’s Dashon Goldson (8 Tackles)

Pac-10 Week 12 Notes and Observations: Cal Bears

Cal Bears 8-3 Overall (5-3 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Cal 34 – Stanford 28

Next Week’s Opponent: BYE


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AllPac10’s CBSSports.com BlogPoll: Top 25 Poll for Week 13

By Sam Saig, November 23, 2009 5:56 pm

AllPac10.com was excited to accept an invitation to join CBSSports.com’s Blog Poll, which is run by Brian Cook who has a great Michigan blog over at www.mgoblog.com. You can read more about the premise by heading over to the Blog Poll via the link below, but it is essentially like a coaches or media poll except it is made up by top blogs across the country!

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida – The Mighty Gators really took it to those stingy FIU Golden Panthers… yawn.
2 Texas – It would be shocking to see Texas lose at this point.
3 Alabama – Unlike Florida, Alabama had the guts to schedule a real non-conference team late… oh wait.
4 TCU
5 Cincinnati
6 Boise State
7 Oregon – What a thrilling win for the Ducks in Tucson. Now comes one of the best Civil Wars of all time.
8 Georgia Tech
9 Pittsburgh 1
10 Ohio State 2
11 Oklahoma State
12 Penn State 1
13 Iowa 1
14 Oregon State – The Beavers have flown under the radar for long enough. Now for the second year in a row, OSU has a chance to win the Pac-10 against the Ducks. 1
15 Virginia Tech 1
16 LSU – Ole Miss stunned the Tigers in Oxford. 5
17 Southern Cal – Trojans may not be playing for a BCS game but ‘SC can still tie for second in the Pac-10 (and the Holiday Bowl would certainly welcome Pete Carroll and Co.). 1
18 California – Jeff Tedford’s team finished strong in an otherwise disappointing season. The Bears physically overpowered a Stanford team that is used to bullying the opponent. 6
19 Miami (Florida)
20 Houston
21 Utah
22 Clemson
23 Brigham Young
24 Mississippi
25 North Carolina
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Georgia Tech (#8), Stanford (#9), Wisconsin (#17), Arizona (#25).

Week 12 Game Matchup: Cal Bears VS. Stanford Cardinal

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, November 19, 2009 6:55 pm

Cal Bears (7-3) vs. Stanford Cardinal (7-3)
Saturday, November 21, 4:30 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: Stanford -7.5

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Pac-10 Pros Three Stars of the Week: Maurice Jones-Drew, Steven Jackson, Justin Forsett

By Brian Consolazio, November 18, 2009 3:56 am

#1 Star: Maurice Jones-Drew, Jacksonville Jaguars
Alma Mater: UCLA
Stats (11/15): 24 Rushes for 123 Yards, 1 TD, 2 Receptions for 22 Yards

The Jacksonville Jaguars vs New York Jets turned out to be one of the best football games of the week, and Maurice Jones-Drew once again showed why he is one of the best running backs in the game leading his team to a 24 – 22 victory over the New York Jets in the Meadowlands.

Just three minutes into the game, Jones-Drew broke a 33 yard rush to the left side to give the Jaguars the early 7 – 0 lead. The game went back and forth throughout, and with the Jags trailing 22 – 21 with 5:04 left in the game, they started a drive that would prove to be the game winner.

Although Jones-Drew only had the one touchdown, his biggest play came right after the two minute warning when the Jags were at the Jets 10-yard line on 2nd and 6. Jones-Drew rushed up the middle for nine yards and took a knee at the Jets one to all but seal victory as the Jaguars were able to ice the game from there and kick a game winning field goal as time expired.

After the game, Jones-Drew apologized to his fantasy owners for not taking the easy touchdown that the Jets were giving him. He stated that the team always comes first, and that selfless play earned him the number one spot this week. If Jones-Drew continues to play this well, the Jags could potentially make a run at the Wild Card this year.

#2 Star: Steven Jackson, St Louis Rams
Alma Mater: Oregon State
Stats (11/15) 26 Rushes for 131 Yards, 1 TD, 9 Receptions for 45 Yards

With the St Louis Rams going up against the New Orleans Saints this weekend, it looked as though the Saints would breeze to another win and stay undefeated through their first nine games. Although they did end up winning the game, Steven Jackson and the Rams made sure that it wouldn’t be easy for them.

Steven Jackson finished the game with the third most rushing yards of the week, and he seemed to rush at will on the Saints all game long with his five yard average. His longest rush of the game came on the second play of the game (30 yards) and set the tone for the rest of the way. With 55 seconds left in the first half down 14 – 7, Steven Jackson rushed to the right for a two yard TD to tie the game up before half time.

It was another frustrating loss for the Rams, but they have to have some confidence going into their game next week against the Arizona Cardinals after proving this week that they can hang against anyone.

#3 Star: Justin Forsett, Seattle Seahawks
Alma Mater: Cal
Stats (11/15) 17 Rushes for 123 Yards, 1 TD, 5 Receptions for 26 Yards

Justin Forsett rounds out the top three this week and is also the third running back to make the list. With Julius Jones out with a chest injury, Forsett finally got his chance to start his first game of the year and was able to shine throughout.

Forsett’s 7.2 yards per carry was best in the league this week among running backs who rushed 15 times or more, and he showed his explosive speed and breakout ability every time he touched the ball. Justin Forsett’s 11-yard touchdown run with 20 seconds left in the first quarter topped off an impressive 99-yard drive for the Seahawks, and even though they lost the game, Forsett was able to get a career high in rushing yards with 123.

I’m not sure how long Julius Jones is supposed to be out, but I think Justin Forsett guaranteed himself a lot more carries the rest of the way even if he splits time with Jones. This was a promising start for the Seahawks and Forsett, and I look for them to be able to build on Forsett’s potential and be a fun team to watch for the remainder of the year.

Honorable Mentions:

Oregon State’s TJ Houshmandzadeh (9 Receptions for 165 Yards)
Stanford’s Oshiomogho Atogwe (5 Tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 Pass Deflection)
Oregon State’s Sabby Piscitelli (9 Tackles, 1 FF)
Arizona’s Gilbert Arenas (20.0 Pts, 5.5 Rebs, 9.0 Asts, 2.5 Stls, 7.0 TOs, 37% FG Pct)
UCLA’s Baron Davis (19.3 Pts, 5.0 Rebs, 7.3 Asts, 2.3 Stls, 2.7 TOs, 40% FG Pct)

Pac-10 Week 11 Notes and Observations: Cal Bears

By Sam Saig, November 17, 2009 4:46 pm

Cal Bears 7-3 Overall (4-3 Conference)

This Week’s Score: Cal 24 – Arizona 16

Next Week’s Opponent: @Stanford


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The Stanford Cardinal end the USC Trojans reign; and why the Pac-10 is the best conference in college football

USC’S REIGN AT THE TOP IS OVER – FOR NOW

Ding Dong’ the merry-oh, sing it high, sing it low.
Let them know
The Wicked Witch is dead!

For some reason, this song was running through my head as I watched Stanford pummel USC.

For Trojans fans, it has been a fantastic ride for the last seven years. So fantastic, in fact, that Trojan fans are completely guilty of taking it for granted. Every single one of them (myself, included).

Virtually every hiccup along the way has cost USC a trip to the National Championship, which in turn turned the Rose Bowl into a consolation prize of sorts. USC fans are always disappointed to “only” win the Pac-10 and “only” go to the Rose Bowl.

And that’s one of the reasons why fans around the conference have hated the USC Trojans and their fans for the better part of a decade now, and as Stanford drove the final nail into the coffin that Washington had opened and Oregon had closed, there is plenty of reason for the rest of the conference to celebrate.

A friend of mine asked me, “Dave, you know your Pac-10; Is USC done for? I mean, I know they are this season, but are they done for good?”

I’m surprised at how many people are living in the moment so badly that they are actually asking this question. NO, USC isn’t done for good. They still have one of the best coaches in the country and a never-ending stable of 4 and 5-star talent. They will be a serious contender for the Pac-10 title next year, as well as the years to come.

The beauty, though, is that they won’t be the only serious contender. 2009 will not mark the beginning of the end of USC as a football power; but it will mark the end of their stranglehold over the rest of the conference.

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AllPac10’s CBSSports.com BlogPoll: Top 25 Poll for Week 12

By Sam Saig, November 16, 2009 4:16 pm

AllPac10.com was excited to accept an invitation to join CBSSports.com’s Blog Poll, which is run by Brian Cook who has a great Michigan blog over at www.mgoblog.com. You can read more about the premise by heading over to the Blog Poll via the link below, but it is essentially like a coaches or media poll except it is made up by top blogs across the country!

Rank Team Delta
1 Florida
2 Texas
3 Alabama
4 TCU – The Horned Frogs continue to earn my respect, and I’m starting to believe they could beat any one of the so-called “Big Three”.
5 Cincinnati – Quality win against West Virginia.
6 Boise State
7 Oregon – The loss to Stanford looks okay to me. Now the Ducks will have a chance to put a firm grasp on the Pac-10 title race if they can get by UA in Tucson. 2
8 Georgia Tech
9 Stanford – Toby Gerhart better be in New York for the Heisman Ceremony. This Cardinal team is playing the best football of any team in the Pac-10 right now. 14
10 Pittsburgh – I’ve always liked Dave Wannstedt and I am beginning to really believe in this Pitt team. 2
11 LSU – Unimpressive win over Louisiana Tech 4
12 Ohio State – Buckeyes clinched a Rose Bowl birth… but can OSU finally beat someone from another conference? 2
13 Penn State 3
14 Iowa 1
15 Oregon State – The Beavers are quietly in contention to win the Pac-10… just the way Mike Riley likes it. 7
16 Virginia Tech 3
17 Wisconsin 3
18 Southern Cal – Unfamiliar times in Troy. 8
19 Miami (Florida) – The “U” isn’t quite back yet. 8
20 Houston 1
21 Utah – Everyone expected a dogfight between TCU and Utah, but the Frogs weren’t having it. 4
22 Clemson 2
23 Brigham Young
24 California – The Bears deserve to be back in the rankings (for now) after a very good win over Arizona
25 Arizona – The ‘Cats Rose Bowl hopes took a hit, but they have a chance to quickly redeem themselves against Oregon this week. 10
Last week’s ballot
Dropped Out: Oklahoma State (#18), Auburn (#25).

Week 11 Game Matchup: Arizona Wildcats VS. Cal Bears

By Dave Consolazio and Sam Saig, November 12, 2009 7:29 pm

Arizona Wildcats (6-2) vs. Cal Bears (6-3)
Saturday, November 14, 4:00 PM PST
Las Vegas Favorite: Cal -3.0

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