And what of the Pac-12? How did its teams fair during bowl season and, consequently, the final rankings. Lets check it out...
Overall. The Pac-12 had nine of its teams in bowl games this season. The only squads missing out were Cal, Utah and Colorado. And the league performed well, going a combined 7-2.
Oregon. The Ducks just missed out on a BCS bowl game and instead appeared in the Alamo Bowl against Texas. The Ducks emerged victorious by winning 30-7 on the strength of QB Marcus Mariota and their Defensive performance.
- Final record: 11-2
- Final national ranking: #9
- NOTES: This is the fifth season in a row the Duck have been the top rated Pac-12 team and fourth in a row they've finished in the Top 10. And, UO is the only Pac-12 team finishing in the Top 10 this season.
- Final record: 11-3
- Final national ranking: #11
- NOTES: A disappointing end to a season that could have been so much more.
- Final record: 10-3
- Final national ranking: #16
- NOTES: Can UCLA continue their upswing next season?
- Final record: 10-4
- Final national ranking: #19
- NOTES: Will this sleeping giant wake up in 2014 with new coach Steve Sarkesian? Or, will replacing the coaches who orchestrated the comeback in 2013 work against them?
- Final record: 10-4
- Final national ranking: #21
- NOTES: They hype started to match the on-field product in 2013, but the bowl loss is not great.
- Final record: 9-4
- Final national ranking: #25
- NOTES: A bitter-sweet finish for UW because the good record and national ranking earned is tempered by the upcoming loss of many key players to the NFL or graduation and change-over in the coaching staff.
And that's it folks. I'll be back in the spring with a few thoughts on the Pac-12 squads as they finish up spring practices.
Before the schools hit the field for fall practices later this year, I urge you to enjoy some great upcoming sporting events in 2014, such as:
- Pac-12 basketball and March Madness
- The 2014 Winter Olympics - lots of great competition to see.
- The 2014 World Cup - Team US is in it!
- The 2014 Tour de France - always, always a compelling competition...with beautiful views all along.