Herm Edwards On Pac-12: "Everyone Beats Up On Everyone"

The Pac-12 is a highly competitive conference, Edwards says, even if most of the country is asleep during its games

Reiter Than You
November 26, 2019 - 6:42 pm
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The Oregon Ducks, with the potential No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft in Justin Herbert, strolled into Tempe on Saturday just three wins away from a potential College Football Playoff berth.

Well, then they lost, 31-28, to Arizona State (6-5), which snapped a four-game losing streak.

Arizona State head coach Herm Edwards wasn’t surprised.

“It’s a conference that, everyone kind of beats up on everyone,” Edwards said on Reiter Than You, referring to the Pac 12. “When you look at Utah and Oregon, they were rolling along . . . and all of a sudden Oregon has two losses. They lose against an Auburn team and they lose against us, and all of a sudden people look at them like, ‘Well, that conference is not very good.’ I don’t know about that.”

Oregon (9-2) had won nine straight games since its season-opening loss against Auburn (8-3). The Ducks will still face Utah (10-1) in the Pac-12 Championship on Dec. 6.

Still, it seems the Pac-12 doesn’t get a lot of love nationally. Why is that?

“I’ll just say this: What hurts this conference, somewhat, is that we play at night, and people that look at these games are asleep by the time our games come on,” Edwards said. “And by the time Sunday rolls around, guess what? The NFL takes all the TV space, and so you don’t hear a lot about this conference. I just think because you can have one or two losses, people look at the conference and say, ‘Well, it’s not very competitive.’ Well, it is very competitive. That’s the fun of it all. You never know what’s going to happen.”