Monday, October 28, 2002

The battle for the Rose Bowl was narrowed Saturday, with perennial powers Michigan, Penn State, Oregon and Washington all falling by the wayside. Both conferences now feature three-school races: in the Big 10, it's Ohio State, Iowa, and surprising Minnesota all undefeated; out west, Wazzou and Arizona State lead USC by a game in the standings. The most impressive win of the week was Iowa's 34-9 blowout in Ann Arbor, a game blown wide open after a tight first half. The Wolverines still have to play at Columbus, and after their worst home loss in 35 years, may have to settle for a mid-tier bowl game. Oregon lost their second consecutive home game, 44-33 to USC, an unthinkable distinction for a school that at one time had gone several years without a defeat at Autzen Stadium. For the Trojans, the victory was especially sweet, as the Ducks have aggressively marketed themselves in Los Angeles the past two years, draping multi-story advertisements for the team on some local buildings; as might be expected, USC didn't like having the school to the north rub its nose in its recent decline.


Post a Comment

<< Home