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College Football Schedule Week 4: The Mediocrity of Pac-12

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The Pac-12 schedule has now started up, and things don’t look so good for the conference. There is Stanford which, although good, may be a little overrated nationally. Other than that, there’s a whole lot of mediocrity and futility in the Pac.

There was some hope before the season that Oregon would be as good, but a four turnover performance in their 40-27 loss to LSU in the first week of the season put the kibosh on that.

Then some thought Arizona State could be the dark horse team. But they lost inexplicably to Illinois last week, so there goes that.

USC could be good, but they have another season of a postseason ban so who really cares other than self-righteous Trojan fans.

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Oregon State lost to Football Championship Subdivision Sacramento State in the first week of the season. Washington had a tough go of it against Eastern Washington. Colorado can’t put their left feet in front of their right. Arizona already lost to Oklahoma State and Stanford. UCLA is pathetic. Washington State lost to San Diego State. Cal is Cal. Which leaves Utah who already lost to USC.

So Pac-12 fans will probably not use this season to start crying out for legitimacy.

Thankfully Commissioner Larry Scott and the Pac-12 created a big enough smoke screen to cover up their mediocrity: conference expansion rumors! The ACC is gobbling up the Big East. The Big 12 is dying a slow death. The Pac-12 says no to powerhouses Oklahoma and Texas.

And just like that no one is talking about the mediocrity of the Pac-12.

But that’s okay. I’ll keep it a secret here.

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Notre Dame at Pittsburgh. 9:00 a.m. ABC.
Georgia at Mississippi. 9:00 a.m. KDOC.
SMU at Memphis. 9:00 a.m. FSWest.
Central Michigan at Michigan State. 9:00 a.m. ESPNU.
North Carolina at Georgia Tech. 9:00 a.m. ESPN.
Eastern Michigan at Penn State. 9:00 a.m. ESPN2.
Cornell at Yale. 9:00 a.m. Versus.
Temple at Maryland. 9:30 p.m. KCOP.

Arkansas at Alabama. 12:30 p.m. CBS.
Colorado at Ohio State. 12:30 p.m. ABC.
California at Washington. 12:30 p.m. FSWest.
UCLA at Oregon State. 12:30 p.m. FS Prime Ticket.
Kansas State at Miami (FL). 12:30 p.m. ESPNU.
Florida State at Clemson. 12:30 p.m. ESPN.
Oklahoma State at Texas A&M. 12:30 p.m. ESPN2.
Clarion at California (PA). 12:30 p.m. Fox College Sports Atlantic.
Virginia Tech at Marshall. 12:30 p.m. CBS Sports Net.
Florida A&M at Southern. 12:30 p.m. Versus.

Louisiana Tech at Mississippi State. 4:00 p.m. ESPNU.
Florida at Kentucky. 4:00 p.m. ESPN.
Vanderbilt at South Carolina. 4:00 p.m. ESPN2.
Nevada at Texas Tech. 4:00 p.m. Fox College Sports Central.
Rice at Baylor. 4:00 p.m. Fox College Sports Atlantic.
Nebraska at Wyoming. 4:30 p.m. Versus.
LSU at West Virginia. 5:00 p.m. ABC.
Missouri at Oklahoma. 5:00 p.m. FX.
Tulsa at Boise State. 5:00 p.m. CBS Sports Net.

USC at Arizona State. 7:15 p.m. ESPN.
Oregon at Arizona. 7:15 p.m. ESPN2.

LAist picks in bold.