We’ll return to our regularly scheduled poll programming in a second.
First, before you officially start checking out on Mel Tucker’s Year 1, a stat: In the six weekday football games since Sept. 1 involving Pac-12 teams, the favorites coming into those Thursday or Friday contests wound up going just 3-3 straight-up.
Bonus: The underdogs coming in for those six games have put up a 5-1 record against the spread.
We mention this because USC (4-3), according to OddsShark.com, is a consensus 13-point fave at Folsom Field against the CU Buffs (3-4) on Friday night.
Another stat: In those six weeknight Pac-12 games, the underdog has wound up an average of 8.5 points closer on the scoreboard — and Arizona State, USC and UCLA completely flipped the final — than the consensus line had predicted. (Conversely, the Buffs were the only weeknight underdog since Sept. 1 that’s so far failed to cover, thanks to that absolute stinker two Fridays ago in Eugene.)
Weird things happen in this league on short rest, under the lights.
Take Stanford, which took the biggest tumble in the Denver Post Best of the West top 25 poll released this morning, and for a good reason.
Last Thursday, while the Broncos were busy making the Chiefs look like the 1986 New York Giants, the Cardinal (3-4) got manhandled at home by previously 1-5 UCLA in Palo Alto. Some three weeks earlier, Stanford had rallied to win at Oregon State, 31-28. The Beavers then responded to that one by winning by 17 at UCLA.
You get the picture. And if you don’t, that’s OK, because it doesn’t make a lick of sense to us, either.