Peyton Manning has broken Tom Brady’s NFL record for most touchdown passes in a season with 51.
The fact Southern California went for it on fourth down and attempted both an onside kick and 2-point conversion during Saturday’s Las Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State at Sam Boyd Stadium ordinarily wouldn’t be much more than a footnote to a 45-20 victory.
If this is how its conference champion looks, the Mountain West isn’t close to average on a national scale. Fresno State was never in its 45-20 loss to Southern California in the Las Vegas Bowl on Saturday, never competitive at Sam Boyd Stadium against a No. 5 selection out of the Pac-12, never close to being on an even level of size, speed, strength, skill and execution.
By the looks of things, the San Diego Chargers are heating up just in time to make a playoff push behind quarterback Philip Rivers, and they should have no problem handling the Oakland Raiders.