Myles Jack is named the Pac-12 Freshman Offensive and Defensive Player of the Year.
There was much to be thankful for during Thanksgiving and rivalry week. We saw fierce battles on the field of play between long-pitted enemies and we ate ourselves into oblivion. Or at least I did. Alas, if you found yourself with family and food and watching all of the sports, you don't need me to tell you it was a good one. But here's a reminder. The week:
The do-or-die excitement of the NCAA tournament will be on tap today as Pac-12 Networks features its first ever NCAA postseason action with an afternoon men’s soccer showdown between No. 6 Cal and No. 18 Coastal Carolina.
It’s nothin’ but rivalries this week in the Pac-12, and the fun starts with the Apple Cup (12:30 p.m. PT, FOX). It’ll be a pleasure to watch Bishop Sankey do his thing for the Dawgs, and Gregg Bell writes that all-time UW greats say Sankey ranks among them.
Congrats to Stanford and Arizona State for clinching the Pac-12 North and South, respectively. It’s going to be a legendary Pac-12 title game. We’ll break down the rematch between the Sun Devils and the Cardinal in great detail next week. But for now it’s Rivalry Week and Thanksgiving. I’m thankful for ball, for stats, for Super Editor/Producer Sarah Kezele, for YouTube, and for everyone who takes time out of their busy day to read this blog every week. Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!
Originally referred to as "friendly practice" way back in the series' opening game in 1894, the rivalry has become anything but civil. The 2013 version of the Civil War will be the 117th time that the Ducks and Beavers (formerly Webfoots and Hay Miners, respectively) have met on the gridiron, making it the seventh oldest rivalry in all of college football.
While the CU-Utah rivalry is not the oldest or most continuous in the Pac-12, it's been the most competitive. Saturday's game at Rice-Eccles Stadium will mark the 60th time these two teams have met on the gridiron dating back to 1903.
Just 12 miles apart (though the Rose Bowl is pretty isolated), this rivalry is the closest, geographically, in the conference.