Oregon State v Stanford

Stanford’s win sets up for Pac-12 North showdown against Ducks

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The Pac-12 — and in the case of last season, the Pac-12 North — has come down to the game between Oregon and Stanford the past two years.

Looks like it’ll be three years in a row.

No. 16 Stanford’s 27-23 win over No. 13 Oregon State on Saturday sets up for another key game between the Ducks and the Cardinal next Saturday with the winner getting a leg up to the Pac-12 championship game. Stanford would need to beat the Ducks at Autzen Stadium (good luck) and UCLA to win the division, or have Oregon lose another game. The Ducks play Cal tonight and end the season at Oregon State.

In the event of a three-way tie in the Pac-12 North, the following criteria would be used:

  • Head-to-head (best record in games among the tied teams).
  • Record in games played within the division.
  • Record against the next highest placed team in the division (based on record in all Conference games, both divisional and cross-divisional), proceeding through the division.
  • Record in common Conference games.
  • Highest BCS Ranking following the last weekend of regular-season games.

Of course, I’m getting ahead of myself, but it’s that time of the year. The Cardinal haven’t been able to beat Oregon since 2009 and matchup of the Ducks’ speed vs. the Cardinal defense has favored Oregon the past two years. Expect that to be the focal point a week from today.

Mark Dantonio quickly tosses aside South Carolina discussion

Mark Dantonio

Michigan State has become a national power under the coaching of Mark Dantonio. The grizzled and confident coach has put together a master plan in East Lansing and has taken the Spartans to the top of the Big Ten along the way, capturing a Big Ten title and victories in the Cotton Bowl and Rose Bowl as well as in-state dominance over the Michigan Wolverines. Danotnio is preparing his Spartans to take on the Wolverines this week, but with the new vacancy opening up at South Carolina following the sudden retirement of Steve Spurrier, Dantonio has already been presented with the question about his thoughts on coaching at South Carolina.

He did not seem all that interested in discussing the vacancy when meeting with Michigan State media this morning.

“Coach Spurrier’s had an outstanding career there, it’s alma mater, and we’re here to talk about Michigan,” Dantonio said when asked about it today. Video below from the Big Ten Network

Dantonio played defensive back for the Gamecocks in the mid 1970s, which helps make Dantonio an interesting name to mention in any coaching future discussion out of Columbia. While Dantonio may have played at South Carolina for Jim Carlen, Dantonio grew up in Ohio and has coached the bulk of his career within Ohio and the Big Ten. He is also one win away from picking up his 100th career coaching victory, 81 of which have come at Michigan State.

Dan Patrick: Spurrier brought personality to the SEC

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South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is stepping down as head coach of the Gamecocks, and that has the college football world reflecting on the impact he has had on the game of college football. Spurrier’s quips at rivals and revolutionary thoughts on where the sport has been heading were always on the mark, even when his team’s performance on the field was not.

Dan Patrick shared his reaction to the news of Spurrier retiring today on The Dan Patrick Show (simulcast on NBC Sports Network). As many have already suggested, Spurrier’s wit and charm brought a refreshing personality to the SEC.