ESPN.com keeps the college football conversation going today by asking the question of which programs are rising in the Pac-12.
Ted Miller’s answer? The Huskies and the Cougars.
Miller notes how each has improved markedly from the days of the 2008 season and the infamous Apple Cup matchup of what many regarded as the two worst BCS teams in the country.
No question the future looks far different and it’s not out of the realm to think each could be playing for bowl positioning when the Apple Cup is played again this year on Nov. 23 — the last time the Cougars and the Huskies each made it to a bowl game was in 2002.
Miller also makes a point we’ve stated here a few times, as well, that 2013 might be the more realistic date to expect a really big leap by the Huskies, with potentially as few as three senior starters in 2012.
But as he also notes, one complication for each is residing in what is one of the more competitive divisions in all of college football, featuring two teams that have gone to BCS bowls each of the last two years (Oregon, Stanford) along with two others in Cal and Oregon State that each have reasons for thinking 2012 could be better than 2011.
One thing is for sure — there will be no shortage of storylines in 2012.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Jon Wilner has the entire Pac-12 schedule with TV assignments that have been made so far.
— Here’s an overview of what was said by the Pac-12 during its teleconference Thursday updating TV matters.
— The Pac-12 has put together this Q-and-A to answer, as well as it can right now, a lot of the basic questions about the conference’s TV networks.
— Here’s the link where you can find out if you’re already getting the Pac-12 Networks.
— Former UW coach Rick Neuheiesl, now an analyst with the Pac-12 Networks, weighs in with his thoughts on the opening schedule.
— FoxSportsArizona has a look at the Arizona Cardinals’ offensive line and where Senio Kelemete may fit into things.
— Steve Sarkisian’s BYU team, but not UW, mentioned in CBSSports.com’s list of the 20 most meaningful bowl games of the last 20 years.
— Rivals.com has a look at the top prospects for the Class of 2013 in each of the Western states, and where they may be headed.
— SBNation continues its numbers-based college football previews, today hitting on Cal.