However, the Los Angeles area has no local team, but there are three major teams in the Southern California area (San Diego Chargers, San Francisco 49ers, and Oakland Raiders). The Times stayed with the local aspect of the paper, and predominantly featured college football over the NFL.
The Times focused on college football in the weekend wrap-up. The main headline was Pac-12 teams playing spoiler to Top 25 teams. Unranked Oregon State played no. 13 Wisconsin at Reser Stadium, and held the Wisconsin offense to just seven points. The Beavers led 3-0 at the half, and scored a touchdown in the 3rd before holding off the Badgers to win 10-7. UCLA hosted Nebraska, and went blow for blow against the Huskers until a touchdown and safety in the 4th quarter sealed the win for the Bruins. Oklahoma State went into Arizona Stadium to face the Arizona Wildcats. The Wildcats took the lead in the second half, and never looked back, defeating the Fiesta Bowl champions 59-38.
College football and the Pac-12 upsets was the main story for the sports section, but NFL football did find its way onto the newspaper's website. On the Times homepage, there was a video link for Times' writers discussing Week 1 of the NFL season. On the NFL homepage, Robert Griffin III and his upset over the New Orleans Saints was the lead story.
But there was no mention of the San Francisco 49ers defeating the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. The only preview for the Monday night showdown between the Oakland Raiders and San Diego Raiders, is a surface level look at the team's major performers and the head coaches.
The Times may not have a football team, but are still a prominent name in the journalism world. It focuses on local issues first, and then expands to the country's issues, and it seems that the same can be said for sports. However, being a prominent name, I would have expected more coverage of the nation's favorite sport, regardless if there is an actual "home team" to cover. But, I guess USC and their title hopes are more important than another city's professional team.