Big Ten stalwart Ohio State is favored to repeat as national champions while the SEC has more teams in the AP preseason poll (eight) than any other league. Still, the Pac-12 boasts a couple of national contenders in USC and Oregon as well as six teams with enough talent to capture the conference title.
This is Alex Grinch’s way. He wants to see full effort, all the time. That, perhaps, is one of the biggest reasons why this energetic, raspy voiced 35-year-old first-time coordinator could be the key to turning around a Cougars defense that was positively morbid for most of 2014.
Falk — he of the impeccable work ethic, film junkie habits and the ability to rally people around him — is the product of his life experiences, and everything he’s been through has helped mold him into what the Cougars hope will be their starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.