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More Pac-12 vs. Mountain West Conference battles coming in 2021-2022

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The Pac-12 and Mountain West Conference make for a great combo out west, and the games scheduled between programs from these conferences tend to be pretty entertaining. In 2014 there will be 12 non-conference match-ups between the two western conferences, and now we are guaranteed at least two more games a few years down the road.

Arizona and San Diego State jointly announced a two-game home-and-home series to be played in 2021 and 2022. The first game will be played in Tucson, Arizona on September 11, 2021. San Diego State will host the second game a year later, on September 3, 2022.

For the Aztecs, the addition of Arizona gives San Diego State a Pac-12 team on the schedule in each season through at least 2022. More importantly for the school, it guarantees home games against Pac-12 competition in four out of the next nine years. Any time a Mountain West Conference school can grab a home date against a Pac-12 school, it is a positive for the program and the entire conference. San Diego State has home-and-home deals with California (2015-2016), Arizona state (2017-2018) and UCLA (2019-2020) leading up to the new arrangement with Arizona.

Arizona leads the all-time series with San Diego State, 10-5. The series dates back to 1931, but the most recent meeting came in 2001, with Arizona taking a 23-10 victory to open the year. Arizona has won each of the last four meetings, with San Diego State’s last win coming in 1979.

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.