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Jeff Brohm critiques penalty-prone Purdue after Syracuse debacle Pac-12 looking stronger at top after early-season losses CFP expansion talks head toward October after 7-hour meeting

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Coach Perdue Jeff Brom seen enough.

He wants everyone in the Boilermakers program to stop arguing with referees and opposing players, starting with himself.

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After apologizing to his players for the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty he inflicted in the last minute of a shocking Syracuse loss, Brom went public with his criticism during his weekly press conference.

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“We can’t get more than 15-yard penalties, including me, including side warnings and on the field,” he said. “We just have to be very, very right, keep our mouths shut, coach and play football.”

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tight end Payne Durham caught a touchdown pass and gave the Boilermakers the lead with 51 seconds left. The fifth-year senior then drew a 15-yard penalty as a pushing and screaming bout erupted after trying for an extra point. Brom said he asked the umpire to explain himself and was called out for another unsportsmanlike behavior that caused Purdue (1-2, 0-1 Big Ten) to start the game from his 10-yard line.

Syracuse then took advantage of a good position on the field and two penalties in defence, a delay near midfield and a delay in a pass, which secured the winning score.

“Mine was stupid at the end,” Durham said after a last-minute 50-yard penalty lead to a 32–29 loss. “This is something I shouldn’t do. The guy tried to get revenge from me, and it worked. I said one thing to him in response and the referee threw the flag.”

Brom admitted that he did not agree with all the calls, and certainly not with some of the ones that were called in these last seconds, and contacted the Big Ten office to express his concerns. A personal foul in the third quarter also helped the Syracuse score their first touchdown, and a first-half penalty wiped out a first-half interception.

“We had 9 misses for 92 yards against Penn State. Against Syracuse, 13 out of 138,” Brom said. “Against good football teams like Penn State and Syracuse on the road, you can’t win those games. These are the main things we need to work on and that starts with me. I have to do my job better, much better.”

The first chance to see if the Boilermakers can prove that Brom can turn his words into action comes against Florida Atlantic (2-2, 1-0 Conference USA).

“Football is a tough, physical and emotional game and we have to keep our emotions in check no matter what happens,” Brom said. “If you look at our team last year, we averaged 4.4 penalties for 43 yards a game. That’s probably why we won nine games, just like that. The chatter must stop.”

With Oregon being choked out by leading Georgia and Utah losing to Florida, it looked like the Pac-12 was headed for another college football playoff miss.

The week before the start of the season, the top two teams in the conference had already failed big early tests.

Fast forward three weeks and it looks like Pac-12 might be in good shape after all.

The Ducks and the Utes took the win with big wins, and the conference leader looks strong with four teams in the top 15 for the first time since 2016.

It’s still early, but Pac-12 is positioning itself to take the team to CFP for the first time since Washington in 2016-17.

Watch how the Pac-12 peak stacks up on the first weekend in October:

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA

The No. 6 Trojans (4-0, 2-0 Pac-12) seem to have quickly returned to glory in their first season under Lincoln Riley. Former Oklahoma Coach Brought Quarterback Caleb Williams with him to Southern California and they did well in the first four games.

Williams threw for 1,054 yards and threw for nine touchdowns, adding 100 yards and two more scoring shots. USC’s defense was opportunistic, leading the nation with 11 interceptions and tied for the lead with 14 clearances.

The Trojans survived a panic against the bully Oregon State over the weekend and started 4-0 for the first time since 2012. USC is scheduled to play in Utah on October 15 but has avoided Washington and Oregon this season.

UTAH

12th-place Utes opened the season with a heavy road loss at The Swamp in Florida, but won three lopsided games in a row.

Short of a costly interception against the Gators, the quarterback cam growth was sharp, throwing for 954 yards and 10 TDs. Utah (3-1, 1-0) has physical defense and is third in FBS with 132.8 yards per game.

The Cliff also has a veteran team that won the Pac-12 championship last season. Bad news: hard ending Brant Kuittheir lead wide receiver, out for the season with a knee injury.

Utah will play Oregon State this weekend and have tough games against USC and Oregon still on the schedule.

OREGON

The Ducks’ playoff chances plummeted after a 49-3 loss to defending national champion Georgia in the first game.

No. 13 Oregon (3-1, 1-0) bounced back with a decisive victory over a good BYU team and outlasted previously undefeated Washington State 44-41 last week.

The Ducks couldn’t match the Bulldogs in any way – there aren’t many of them – but they’ve averaged 51.6 points in their last three games. Oregon’s biggest weakness is his pass defense. The Ducks allow 72.5% of passes to be completed, the third worst in the country.

Oregon’s biggest test left this season will come in back-to-back games against Washington and Utah.

WASHINGTON

The Huskies quickly changed in their first season under a coach. Kalen DeBoer.

defender Michael Penix Jr. now that he’s healthy, he had an FBS-best tally for 1,388 yards and 12 touchdowns in a single interception. No. 15 Washington (4-0, 1-0) has a solid home win over Michigan State and has 15 sacks this season, including eight against Stanford last week.

On Saturday, the Huskies will play their first road game at undefeated UCLA before facing Oregon on November 12.

University of California at Los Angeles

After winning in Colorado for the first time since 2014 last Saturday, the Bruins (4-0, 1-0 Pac-12) have the longest winning streak since winning their first eight games in 2005.

UCLA had a hard time getting past South Alabama and opened its Pac-12 schedule with a victory over the struggling Buffaloes.

The Bruins will find out how good they are over the next three weeks, a brutal stretch that includes home games against Washington and Utah before heading to Eugene to play the Ducks on October 22.

ROSEMONT, Illinois. On Tuesday, the conference commissioners, who run the college football playoffs, spent nearly seven hours working on expanding the postseason system from four to 12 teams by the 2024 season.

There is still a lot of work to be done.

“We won’t be summarizing this week,” the CFP chief executive said. Bill Hancock said.

The CFP Steering Committee, consisting of 10 conference commissioners and the Notre Dame Athletic Director, is scheduled to meet again at the Big Ten offices for a few hours Wednesday morning. They are going to meet again in person in Dallas on October 20th.

“It will be important,” Hancock said.

Expansion talks have been reopened by university presidents and presidents who oversee the College Football playoffs last month.

By adopting a 12-team plan that has been on the table since the spring of 2021, the presidents pushed panel members to try to implement the new format before the current CFP contract with ESPN expires. This deal ends after the 2025 season.

The expansion from four to 12 in 2024 and 2025 will require rescheduling the semi-finals and championship games, for which dates and locations have already been set, as well as adding four new first round games in mid-December to be played on campus.

Squeezing it all in about a month and working with the NFL for TV is going to be tough.

Hancock said the idea of ​​moving the start of the college football season to a week before Labor Day was discussed to create more room at the end for the playoffs, but was discussed more after the 2025 season.

“I think most people see it as a subject for the future. As a long-term issue, not an urgent one,” Hancock said. “Remember, there are so many details here.”

Hancock said CFP officials have spoken to bowl partners and host cities due to host semi-finals and championship games after the 2024 and 25 seasons, but have not been given exact new dates.

Atlanta has already been selected to host the championship, which will take place after the 2024 season on January 6, 2025. If the playoffs grow from four teams to 12, the game will have to be rescheduled by about two weeks.

“(The Atlanta organizers) have a lot to work on because of other businesses in the community,” Hancock said. “Another business related to the organization of meetings, the hotel business and the conference center. It was great to work with them.”



Source: collegefootball.nbcsports.com

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