Podcast of Champions – Recapping the Pac-12’s National Signing Day with Brandon Huffman

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back in studio breaking down all of the news and notes from National Signing Day in the Pac-12 with 247Sports national recruiting editor Brandon Huffman. With his pulse on West Coast recruiting, Huffman goes over how each and every program in the Conference of Champions improved their roster through high school recruiting and the NCAA Transfer Portal.

They guys also talk about some of the news and notes from around the conference including Nick Saban and Alabama trying to poach Washington offensive coordinator Ryan Grubb, former five-star quarterback Sam Huard leaving the Huskies for Cal Poly and rumors about the upcoming Pac-12 media rights deal.

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Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 2023 football schedule release plus Pac-12 Network overpayment scandal

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back in studio discussing the newly released 2023 Pac-12 football schedule which appears to have been given some serious thought from George Kliavkoff and company. Colorado comes out of the gate with a tough slate in an attempt to capture all of the momentum of Coach Prime. Oregon has a lot of high profile matchups but they are spread out throughout the season including a bye before playing Washington. And USC’s schedule is backloaded, closing the season with a series of ranked teams and a week 13 bye before a potential return to the Pac-12 Championship Game.

They guys also talk about George Kliavkoff firing a couple of Pac-12 Network executives that apparently helped the conference collect more money that was agreed upon in the contract with a media partner for years. What’s an extra $50 million dollars between friends? Well Pac-12 schools are probably going to find out in the coming weeks.

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Podcast of Champions – Looking back on our 2022 preseason projections

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back in studio doing what many sports podcasts never do, going back and examining how their preseason projections for all of the Pac-12 football programs turned out. Before the season both Ryan and Dave predicted each and every football game in the Conference of Champions so we will see how close they were to calling how the 2022 football season would go.

They guys also talk about some of the other Pac-12 news and notes as we enter the long and arduous offseason with Coach Prime making headlines by spilling the beans on what could have been a potential week zero Colorado vs. Arizona State battle, Utah getting a couple of their star players to return plus Dan Lanning gets a tattoo that there is no turning back from.

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Final 2022 Pac-12 Power Rankings

  1. Washington
  2. Utah
  3. USC
  4. Oregon State
  5. Oregon
  6. UCLA
  7. Washington State
  8. Arizona
  9. Arizona State
  10. California
  11. Stanford
  12. Colorado

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Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 finishes bowl season on a down note

In this episode of the Podcast of Champions hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back in studio recapping the final five bowl games for the Conference of Champions including a pair of disappointing losses in New Year’s Six bowls and a pair of late game collapses by the Los Angeles programs. Overall the Pac-12 went 3-4 in bowl games, an improvement over the 0-7 bowl record for the conference from the previous two seasons, but still a disappointing finish with USC losing to Tulane in the Cotton Bowl and Utah losing to Penn State in the Rose Bowl.

There was some good news for the PAC with yet another 1-point bowl win for Oregon (third in a row), taking down North Carolina in the Holiday Bowl and Washington’s victory over Texas in the Alamo Bowl.

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FINAL Season Record for Picks ATS: Ryan (52-44-2), Dave (56-40-2)

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Podcast of Champions – Beavers roll, Cougars crumble plus remaining Pac-12 bowl game previews

In this episode of the Podcast of Champion hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back in studio recapping the first two Pac-12 bowl games with Oregon State absolutely crushing Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl and Washington State getting absolutely crushed by Fresno State in the Los Angeles Bowl. Newly extended head coach Jonathan Smith led the Beavers to an incredible 10-win season (including field goal losses to USC and Washington), setting OSU up for what should be another impressive season in 2023. Jake Dickert’s Cougars have more work to do, replacing both coordinators plus several transfers and finding an offense that is capable of getting the ball down the field.

The guys also preview the final five bowl games for the Conference of Champions including Utah’s second-straight Rose Bowl and USC heading to Texas for the Cotton Bowl.

Oregon got some good news this weekend when quarterback Bo Nix announced that he would be returning to the team in 2023. The Pac-12 quarterback situation is as bright as it has ever been with Nix, Michael Penix coming back at Washington and of course Heisman Trophy winner Caleb Williams at USC.

The UC Regents approved UCLA’s departure for the Big Ten but the Bruins will likely be paying the University of California at Berkeley several million dollars per year to help out the Golden Bears athletic department.

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Bowl picks against the spread:

  • No.15 Oregon vs. North Carolina (+14.5) – Ryan (Oregon), Dave (NC)
  • No. 20 Texas vs. No.12 Washington (+4) – Ryan(Texas), Dave (UW)
  • Pittsburgh vs. No.18 UCLA (-4) – Ryan (Pitt), Dave (UCLA)
  • No. 16 Tulane vs. No.10 USC (-2.5) – Ryan (USC), Dave (Tulane)
  • No. 11 Penn State vs. No. 8 Utah (-2.5) – Ryan (PSU), Dave (Utah)

Picks ATS Season record: Ryan (50-41-2), Dave (53-38-2)

POC POWER RANKINGS:

  1. Utah
  2. USC
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon State
  5. Oregon
  6. UCLA
  7. Washington State
  8. Arizona
  9. Arizona State 
  10. California
  11. Stanford
  12. Colorado

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Podcast of Champions – Mike Leach tribute, Caleb Williams’ Heisman, Stanford hires Troy Taylor & Pac-12 bowl previews

In this episode of the Podcast of Champion hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back in studio talking about the Pac-12 landing a major award with USC quarterback Caleb Williams winning the Heisman Trophy, the first for the Conference of Champions since Marcus Mariota took home the hardware for Oregon in 2014. Williams nabbed 544 of the 929 first place votes and won all six regions while landing on 88.5% of the ballots (10th best all-time). Washington quarterback Michael Penix led the nation in passing yards and finished in the top-10 of the Heisman voting.

Later this week Oregon State will take on Florida in the Las Vegas Bowl and Washington State will face off against Mountain West Champion Fresno State in the LA Bowl. Ryan and Dave preview both of these match-ups and give their picks against the spread.

The guys also talk about some major coaching and player news throughout the Pac-12, starting with Stanford hiring Sacramento State head coach Troy Taylor to take over for David Shaw. They also discuss new Colorado head coach Deion Sanders filling out his staff and hitting the transfer portal and recruiting path with a purpose. Arizona State head coach Kenny Dillingham is also making some big hires including a couple from within the conference and a legendary Arizona high school coach.

There has also been some major roster movement in the Pac-12 via the NCAA Transfer Portal including a team captain leaving Tempe for Michigan and stud linebacker departing Stanford for Salt Lake City.

And sadly the guys talk about former Washington State head coach Mike Leach passing away at the age of 61. Ryan and Dave share some of their favorite stories about The Pirate whose wide open spread offenses changed college football as we know it today.

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Bowl picks against the spread:

  • Florida vs. No. 14 Oregon State (-10) – Ryan (OSU), Dave (OSU)
  • Washington State vs. Fresno State (-3) – Ryan (WSU), Dave (FSU)

Picks ATS Season record: Ryan (49-40-2), Dave (51-38-2)

POC POWER RANKINGS:

  1. Utah
  2. USC
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon State
  5. Oregon
  6. UCLA
  7. Washington State
  8. Arizona
  9. Arizona State 
  10. California
  11. Stanford
  12. Colorado

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Podcast of Champions – Utah wins second-straight Pac-12 Championship

In this episode of the Podcast of Champion hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back in studio talking about the Utah Utes defeating the USC Trojans 47-24 in Las Vegas. The victory secured Kyle Whittingham’s second-straight Pac-12 Championship and another Rose Bowl berth, this time against Penn State.

Colorado was also making noise in the Pac-12 footprint by hiring Coach Prime to take over the struggling football program. Deion Sanders is leaving Jackson State to come to Boulder and there will likely be a lot of roster turnover before the start of the 2023 football season. Ryan and Dave talk about this monumental hire in the Conference of Champions and why they think this can work for the Buffs.

The guys also go over where the rest of the Pac-12 programs are going bowling and how the Conference of Champions is being impacted by the newly opened NCAA Transfer Portal.

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Picks ATS Season record: Ryan (49-40-2), Dave (51-38-2)

POC POWER RANKINGS:

  1. Utah
  2. USC
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon State
  5. Oregon
  6. UCLA
  7. Washington State
  8. Arizona
  9. Arizona State 
  10. California
  11. Stanford
  12. Colorado

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Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 Championship preview for the USC Trojans vs. the Utah Utes

In this episode of the Podcast of Champion hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back in studio previewing the Pac-12 Championship between the USC Trojans and the Utah Utes. These two squads faced off back on October 15 with Kyle Whittingham’s Utes edging out Lincoln Riley’s Trojans 43-42 on a two-point conversion with under a minute to play in the game.

The guys talk about how they think this match-up will go and make their pick against the spread, currently listed as USC -3 over Utah. They also discuss the Pac-12 decision to eliminate divisions in an attempt to create a better matchup that in this case potentially took away the more compelling game. With the division format USC would have won the South and faced off against Washington who would have won the North. The Huskies not only have one more win than Utah but they also have one of the most dynamic quarterbacks in the country, Indiana transfer Michael Penix.

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Pac-12 Championship Picks ATS:

No. 11 Utah at No. 4 USC (-3) – Ryan (USC), Dave (USC)

Picks ATS Season record: Ryan (49-39-2), Dave (51-37-2)

POC POWER RANKINGS:

  1. USC
  2. Utah
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon State
  5. Oregon
  6. UCLA
  7. Washington State
  8. Arizona
  9. Arizona State 
  10. California
  11. Stanford
  12. Colorado

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Emergency POC – Wild ending to the Pac-12 regular season plus David Shaw steps down

In this emergency episode of the Podcast of Champion hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods give their thoughts on the breaking news that Stanford head coach David Shaw announced he is stepping down from his position effective immediately. Saturday night the Cardinal fell to BYU at home 35-26 but Shaw said his decision was already made over the Thanksgiving weekend. Ryan and Dave talk about this major shakeup in the Pac-12 coaching ranks with the four-time Pac-12 coach of the year and winningest coach in Stanford history finally moving aside.

They also discuss the other major head coaching news with Oregon offensive coordinator Kenny Dillingham returning home to Tempe, taking over as head coach of the Arizona State Sun Devils. Dillingham was officially announced as ASU’s head man just hours after the Ducks lost a stunner in Corvallis that, along with Washington’s win in the Apple Cup, knocked them out of a chance to play for the Pac-12 Championship.

Oh, and there is also a ton of Pac-12 football the boys will recap including the Trojans putting a capper on an 11-1 season with a controlling win over Notre Dame, Utah scoring all the points against Colorado, Jedd Fisch getting some Territorial revenge and lots more!

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Picks ATS week 13: Ryan (5-2), Dave (6-1) – Season record: Ryan (49-39-2), Dave (51-37-2)

POC POWER RANKINGS:

  1. USC
  2. Utah
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon State
  5. Oregon
  6. UCLA
  7. Washington State
  8. Arizona
  9. Arizona State 
  10. California
  11. Stanford
  12. Colorado

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Podcast of Champions – Pac-12 football chaotic week 11 recap and week 12 preview

Podcast of Champion hosts Ryan Abraham and David Woods are back together again in studio recapping what they thought would be an all chalk Pac-12 football weekend with heavy home favorites cruising to victories. Turns out, week 11 was total chaos with Conference of Champions cannibalism going on, knocking out two of the three hopefuls for the Pac-12 to make the College Football Playoffs for the first time since 2016.

Things got off to a rocky start Friday night with Colorado leading USC 3-2 after the first quarter. The Trojans righted the ship and blew out the Buffs as expected, but it set the table for a bad vibes Saturday for two of the other title contenders. Oregon had the marquee matchup with Washington, but the Ducks were still two touchdown favorites at home. The Huskies had other plans and pulled off the stunning upset thanks to another huge night from transfer quarterback Michael Penix. With Oregon losing, it opened up conference championship opportunities and eliminated some strange tiebreakers for the LA schools. In one of the Pac-12 After Dark games UCLA couldn’t take advantage and fell to three touchdown underdog Arizona, putting their Pac-12 title on life support.

Week 12 features another full slate of Pac-12 games with a virtual semifinal that has USC travelling to the Rose Bowl to take on UCLA and Utah heading to Eugene to take on Oregon.

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Pac-12 Week 12 Picks ATS:

  • Washington State at Arizona (+4) – Ryan (WSU), Dave (Arizona)
  • Oregon State at Arizona State (+7.5) – Ryan (ASU), Dave (OSU)
  • Stanford at California (-4.5) – Ryan (Cal), Dave (Stanford)
  • No. 8 USC at No. 12 UCLA (+2.5) – Ryan (USC), Dave (USC)
  • Colorado at No. 25 Washington (-30) – Ryan (UW), Dave (UW)
  • No. 13 Utah at No. 8 Oregon (-3) – Ryan (Utah), Dave (Utah)

Week 11 record: Ryan (3-3), Dave (3-3) — Season record: Ryan (40-36-1), Dave (42-34-1)

POC POWER RANKINGS:

  1. Utah
  2. USC
  3. Washington
  4. Oregon
  5. UCLA
  6. Oregon State
  7. Washington State
  8. Arizona
  9. Arizona State 
  10. California
  11. Stanford
  12. Colorado

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