If there’s one thing the Pac-12 is synonymous with, it’s have referees that could be out-reffed by flag football officials. Yet, despite their notorious reputation for being just awful at officiating, they’ve been put on the grandest stage that college football can roll out.
So what do you think happened?
Of course, not even 15 minutes into the game, the Pac-12 officials have blown two major calls that favored the Alabama Crimson Tide. The first was a sideline catch by Tyler Eifert that was called incomplete. Upon replay that showed Eifert made the catch, two referees can be seen immediately in the vicinity of the play, yet they called the pass incomplete.
It’s amazing what a bad reputation Pac-12 officials have. And it’s amazing that they continue to perpetuate it.
— Pete Thamel(@SIPeteThamel) January 8, 2013
This forced Notre Dame to punt, but the officials were not done making questionable calls.
The ensuing punt was bobbled by Alabama and recovered by Notre Dame. Yet, the officials called fair catch interference as a Notre Dame player was seen running very close to the punt returner. Again, replay showed there was no contact made that could have possibly forced the fumble, in fact the only contact that could be argued to have been made was incidental at that.
And who said the Pac-12 wouldn’t determine this year’s national champion?
— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 8, 2013
However, as much as Notre Dame can point to the officials for their early woes, they have to look in the mirror. You can only blame shoddy Pac-12 officiating as long as you hold your own. Right now the Irish are holding something else, and it’s not the game.