Originally posted by chico49erfan:
Hey Sun - do you, and the people who go to ASU - get pissed when people say 'Zona?
we HATE it. 'Zona is a nickname for Arizona (the college). For example, U of A's student section is called the 'Zona Zoo.
We go by ASU, Arizona State or A-State. Never EVER go by just Arizona or 'Zona. Its like calling Oregon State "Oregon". Or calling UCLA the So Cal school.
Its funny because a lot of "experts" in the media even mix up he mascots or the cities for U of A and ASU. I guess we can't complain too much when we have 3 straight losing seasons
To OregonDucks -
You are missing my point. My point is true football talent is best measured by the draft, as it rates players and how they will do against the best. In college, you can get away with less talented players if they fit a great system. Oregon is the best example of this. They don't have the most talented players, but the players fit the system so well they can exploit the lack of all around talent in the college game.
And I believe Oregon is picked to win the PAC-12, so yeah the consensus is they are the better college team. That doesn't mean they are the most talented. Talent doesn't win games, execution and performance does. Oregon executes their system IMO better than anyone. But don't kid yourself and believe there is a huge difference in talent. Chip Kelly is a great coach who has mastered a system other teams struggle with.
And LaMichael James best college RB? I don't know about that. So much of his production is predicated on the QB read and threat of QB runs. He is extremely fast and no doubt a talented RB. I'm curious what his future 40 is as I think he could very well possibly the closest thing to Chris Johnson so far.
I think that you are thinking I'm disrespecting your program but I'm not, you gotta realize that Stanford has a group of extremely talented players, and IMO the main reason people aren't picking them to win the PAC is because of a 1st year coach, not because of the actual players.
But I think Stanford's new HC is better then people realize, Luck will make the transition a lot easier, and they play Oregon at home (not like Stanford has a home advantage, their fans are the WEAKEST). But they don't have to deal with Autzen.
[ Edited by SunDevilNiner79 on Aug 6, 2011 at 00:47:47 ]