Three-Point Stance: Pac-12 studs, big transfers, dispelling myths
Rivals National Columnist Mike Farrell is here with a look at 10 Pac-12 players he’s excited to see next season, some thoughts on big recent transfers and five college football myths floating out there including one about Jim Harbaugh.
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1. TEN PAC-12 PLAYERS I AM EXCITED TO WATCH THIS SEASON
Spring football is over for most programs and, as always, there are breakout players that have fans excited. Let’s continue today with the Pac-12 and focus on 10 non-freshmen that I’m most excited to see this season.
2. NOTABLE TRANFER COMMITMENTS
The transfer portal has been busy as always and there have been some big recent commitments that will help teams immediately. Here are the ones that stand out to me.
DB Qwynnterrio Cole, Louisville — The Alcorn State prospect is taking a big step up in competition but he has the skills to handle it and was heavily coveted.
3. DISPELLING SOME COLLEGE FOOTBALL MYTHS
Finally I’ve been thinking about a few things that I’ve heard lately and wondered if they are actually true. So I did some research and feel the following are simply myths.
1. Jim Harbaugh is a bad college coach — Not true. While he has been a disappointment for Michigan fans with losses to Ohio State and no run at the playoff, Harbaugh is 49-22 at Michigan after a nice run at Stanford. He can coach, we all know that, and those who say he is bad are simply ridiculous. But yet you hear it all the time.
2. Florida fans would trade Dan Mullen for Kirby Smart — This was brought up this week as fact and it’s very much fiction. While Florida fans have a high bar set for their coaches, Mullen is their guy and Smart has done nothing to make them jealous. Yes he’s been to the playoff and title game but Mullen is doing just fine in Florida. Maybe they'd take this trade in the recruiting department but not on the field.
3. The same teams always make the playoff — How about these teams — Washington, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Florida State, LSU , Oregon and Georgia — they are all playoff teams over the years so it’s not always about Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Oklahoma even if it seems that way sometimes. And we will likely add a few new teams over the next few seasons, like Texas A&M, Texas and North Carolina.
4. Defense can’t win national titles — How quickly we forget the Derrick Henry-led Alabama team that won with a strong run game and a nasty defense. That team is easy to forget about when you think about Alabama in 2020, LSU in 2019 and Clemson in 2018 but defense still matters and a defensive team will likely win it all again shortly. Maybe Georgia this year?
5. Clay Helton was a disaster hire for USC — Helton has finished first in the Pac-12 South three times, has a 45-23 overall record and is 36-12 in the Pac-12. That may not be up to par for USC fans, but a disaster hire is more like Jeremy Pruitt at Tennessee or Charlie Strong at Texas, no?