09.Nov.2009 Three Beaver-related Nuggets
1. The pac-10 is the first and only conference to have 6 bowl eligible teams. Considering the difficult OOC games, this is doubly impressive, and it strengthens the theory that all of these teams are very good and simply beat up on one another. Washington has the hardest schedule in the nation (for the 2nd year in a row I believe?) and the Beavers have the 9th most difficult. Complete conference strength of schedule rankings:
Washington State: 2nd
Oregon State: 9th
Arizona State: 36th
Now compare these numbers to the top 6 ranked teams:
Boise State: 82nd
This makes me hate Boise State and the SEC and the BCS computers even more. If the computers are not going to factor in SOS, why schedule any team with a pulse OOC? On the plus side, it should be another excellent bowl season for the pac-10.
2. After Saturday’s showing, Sean Canfield leads the conference in passing. What’s most interesting–or maybe “amusing” is a better choice of words–is that two weeks ago during a broadcast Canfield’s name wasn’t even mentioned in a conversation about the pac-10′s best QBs.
3. LaMichael James now has ~70 more rushing yards than Quiz. What makes the feat more impressive is that James didn’t become a starter until week 3. This, coupled with Gerhart’s performance vs Oregon, will likely take Quiz out of the Heisman talk for this season. It’s hard to make a (national) case for Quiz when he has the 3rd best totals in the pac-10. Receptions, unfortunately, don’t count for much. However, with a strong finish, a top five placement for the Maxwell Award is still in play.