Got an e-mail the other day from a producer (I believe that would be the description) working for the new Pac-12 Networks, seeking background on some football games the networks will be reliving this fall (this kind of solicitation happens when you’ve seen 400 thousand conference games, dating back to 1907).
(The Pac-12 Networks launch, by the way, is Aug. 15, a little more than a month away. And I know there are a ton of questions about carriage and coverage, most of which are unanswerable even now. There’s nothing yet regarding a contract with either DirecTV or Dish Network, but you know how contract negotiations go – down to the wire. If you have questions, the league has set up a FAQ link on the Pac-12 site:)
Here’s a sneak peek at the retrospectives the Networks is cooking up, if the games presented to me hold up:
1. Stanford-Cal, 1982. The Play.
2. Colorado-Notre Dame, 1991. Orange Bowl, Buffs win for a share of the national title.
3. Washington-WSU, 1992. The Snow Bowl.
4. Arizona State-Nebraska, 1996. The 19-0 ASU whitewash in the middle of a Nebraska dynasty, keying the Sun Devils’ Rose Bowl season.
5. Arizona-Washington, 1998. Ortege Jenkins’ Leap by the Lake.
6. Stanford-Washington, 1999. Marques Tuiasosopo’s 300-yards-passing, 200-yards-rushing day.
7. Cal-USC, 2004. Aaron Rodgers has an uncannily accurate day in the LA Coliseum, but USC survives in the final minutes.
8. UCLA-Washington, 2004. Maurice Drew (so named then) runs for 322 yards against the Huskies.
9. USC-Oregon State, 2006. Beavers shock the Trojans in Corvallis, 33-31, first of three straight upsets of Troy at OSU.
10. Stanford-USC, 2007. Cardinal wins as a 41-point underdog.
11. TCU-Utah, 2008. Utes, at home, score in the waning seconds to stay unbeaten on the way to a 13-0 season.
12. Oregon-Arizona, 2009. Behind Jeremiah Masoli, the Ducks come back and survive in double overtime.
Kind of whets the appetite for late August, doesn’t it? And it got me to thinking: How about coming up with an arbitrary list of the wildest games in conference history? (A couple from this roster would no doubt make it.) I’m working on it, and you should see that in this space in a day or two.