Hope everyone is having a great Saturday. With the Bruins out of the baseball tournament, we are in the middle of the deadest of the dead college sports season (sorry baseball, hockey or NBA - none of them do much for yours truly). So we are going to scrape for tidbits related to the football program.
Skinny: UCLA is a favorite in the Pac-12 South and a national title contender, and if it gets to the College Football Playoff playing against this schedule, it will have earned its spot in spades. While Virginia has been struggling, it is an ACC team playing at home. Texas will be looking to make a statement in its home state in Charlie Strong's first season. Therefore, the nonconference schedule should be considered above average in degree of difficulty. The Pac-12 misses are not ideal. UCLA and Stanford are the only two conference teams to miss two teams that have almost no shot for a preseason ranking. The good news is, though there are six road games, only four come in Pac-12 play. The Bruins and Sun Devils both have a bye before their big matchup. The bye before facing USC is slightly countered by the Trojans playing at home against California on Thursday, Nov. 13.
It's set up nicely for a run to the college football playoffs.
ICYMI Jon Wilner over at College hotline posted the revenue numbers for Pac-12. The conference's new TV Ks bumped the revenue up to $334 million in revenue for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. It's the highest of any college conference today and UCLA's share was $19,838,644. In other words, Larry Scott continues to make up for Dan Guerrero's general incompetence, making sure the Bruins have the capital to pay for a solid football staff, while overpay for one of the most mediocre hoops coaching staff in the country.
Lastly, if you want one of these helmets for house/office decorations, time is running out:
Enjoy your weekend.