Week 12 rankings can be found here.
This is our season’s time to evaluate the year and give thanks for victories and lessons learned. Some things are decided, more are in the air, and excitement abounds. That is our attempt at an introduction as we feel the need to turn to the King of Crescendo: Sir Elton John for some inspiration in our valuation this week.
If you balk at the sports connection, I will remind Coug fans of Sir Elton’s lifelong love, and ownership, of Watford FC, a middling football club that has seen his unwavering loyalty. If that fails to bring some sympathies to John, than I request your Coug Card back.
Admittedly we’re delving into an oft used trope by other writers, but I ask you, why not pirate the idea?
Onto the picks after the football Gods played boggle with the Pac-12 power rankings.
(Songs are linked if you wish to enjoy a little Elton John magic this Cougar Saturday)
12. California – (6) (1-10, 0-8)
A new beginning is all we hope for our yellow clad Golden Bears. We at All Coug’d Up give Berkeley a pat on the butt, and directions for the shower. No hope this week unless the band makes an appearance with MANY encores. Hold your lighters high in the air, Cal Fans.
11. Colorado – (12) (4-6, 1-6)
Pac-12 life is tough when you’re living in the mountains. That nice little win better be enough for now, as SC marches into town with their band (did anyone mention that to you before you joined the Pac-South?).
10. Utah – (19) (4-6, 1-6)
The Utes are still here. No established leader, wandering in the desert, some motivated opponents ahead, but they are still here. Utah Bowl hopes may be dashed however, come sundown Saturday in Pullman.
9. Arizona – (24) (6-4, 3-4)
“They know not if it’s dark outside or light”. “But, but, but, we’re good. We beat the Lumberjacks, the Rebels, the Roadrunners, the Utes, the Buffs and the Bears!” (Stomping feet) “We’re Good, Damn, it, We swear!” Sorry, the season is tougher than just your cupcakes.
8. Washington – (29) (6-4, 3-4)
A good part in a play was what the Huskies once had. The majority of conference play has shown that the state of Washington’s FBS teams produce similar outcomes. The Apple Cup is shaping up wonderfully.
7. Washington State – (37) (4-5, 3-4)
A bus named Doris rolling though fields of wheat, a group of folks screaming out unintelligible lyrics, and a gorgeous woman assuring you that “you are home.” Watching this brief clip, I can not imagine a better way to clarify a Cougar football Saturday to the uninitiated.