It is really beneath USC that during the radio broadcast it peddled a conspiracy theory that with Utah defeating Washington, the Pac-12 officiating crew was going to do what it could to make sure USC lost to Oregon to keep the Pac-12 South race interesting.
This continued with the announcer complaining about two first-half calls (Tyler Vaughns‘ dropped pass, Isaiah Pola-Mao targeting) until replays forced a backtrack.
Let’s be clear: The officiating crew completely botched Vaughns getting tackled on a pass route, which caused an intereception.
But Oregon had 12 penalties for 157 yards. Two Oregon players were ejected. Does that sound like the refs were intent on Oregon winning?
If you want to say Pac-12 refs are incompetent, go for it. But a conspiracy theory? On the official radio broadcast?
USC, of course, has long had a “who cares” attitude about the radio situation (hence KABC is the flagship station) but I can’t let everything pass unnoticed.