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.
As always Dave and Ryan spend the last part of the show answering your voicemails, texts and emails with questions about Pac-12 football plus lots of other topics.
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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:
- Oregon State
- Washington State
- Arizona State
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