Despite the mega millions paid to play in the college football post-season, the Pac-12 conference just set a new bowl record. One that it’s far from proud of. Beginning with the Oregon Ducks and ending with the Washington Huskies, the past 15 days have seen seven additional conference schools lose in the 2017 football bowl season. Why such an unprecedented embarrassment to the conference that far outpaces the nation’s Power 5 in total NCAA team championships? Coaching changes leaving vacancies for interim decision makers, and mounting injuries certainly contributed, but affected all other opponents, too. The Pac-12 clearly isn’t alone with these challenges. The projected top two QB prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, UCLA’s Josh Rosen and USC’s Sam Darnold, were also absent, but for different reasons. Rosen was sidelined per concussion protocol and Darnold was underwhelming in maybe his worst performance in a Trojan football uniform. The Pac-12 was outscored by a combined 87 points on its way to a dismal 1-8 bowl record. Who held the “biggest loser” record prior to this season? The Big 10, which remains undefeated in the current bowl season, and is well on its way to its best post-season record ever. So, Pac -12 fans, there’s plenty of time for a turnaround with the likes of UCLA’s Chip Kelly, Stanford’s David Shaw and Washington’s Chris Petersen at the helm next season. Keep the faith, and enjoy watching how the Big Boys play to win!
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