Monday, October 17, 2005

Primetime "Damn we're good Volume III", Live from Hooters!

The question is, who am I speaking of? USC of course since it was their outstanding defensive end Frostee Rucker who came up with that sign at Autzen, and that win over Notre Dame was legendary. It also could apply to UCLA and the come from behind win at Martin Stadium in Pullman. And of course how can we forget the Beavs and their improbable win over Cal.

Today's guests: Sean Salsbury from ESPN begins a weekly segment with us, Anthony Newman talks Ducks/Dawgs.

ATTENTION BEAVER FANS: What can I say except I, like many, have been wrong about this team. The ability to finish along with the ability to bounce back from overwhelming and devastating losses is becoming part of the fabric of Mike Riley's program. Thanks to all of you who e-mailed me over the weekend. Some were humorous, some were insightful, but most were just plain worthless. But some things to keep in mind.
1) They were a 16 point dog to Cal.
2) They are a 10 1/2 point underdog this weekend.
3) Yes I picked my Cougars to beat them, and would again. That is where I, like you, am a fan. I was wrong, and the way the two teams are playing, I would probably be wrong again.
But the point is this: Only the most diehard of Beaver Believers actually thought this team would win at Cal. Despite that win, and despite the fact UCLA should have lost last weekend, the oddsmakers still think OSU will lose this week too. So simply go out and prove again that everyone else is wrong.
And for the record, I will make the call right now: UCLA 38 OSU 24
But don't get mad, you should like that call since I have been wrong the past two weeks!

BEST GAME EVER? It would be hard to argue against the USC-Notre Dame game last Saturday. There have been some fantastic finishes like Flutie's bomb, Colorado and Michigan, and Nebraska's five down games. But what seperates this game in my mind is it was a culmination of many plays. The fourth down throw down the sideline was legendary. The ball knocked out of bounds at the one. The sneak by Mr. Heisman. All of the above were about one play. This was about multiple plays, one drive, fourth down conversions, and Reggie Bush being Reggie Bush. I first called him the red button last year, and he is that. Push it and bad things happen to the opponent. UCLA vs. USC on December 3rd is setting up to be something else. And what happens to the loser of that game? If it is USC it probably won't matter. If it is UCLA and the Ducks also finish with one loss, it will probably cost Oregon a trip to the Fiesta Bowl.

So you want to be a QB: Life couldn't get much more difficult for Joey Harrington. Last week on SI-dot come Roy Williams, who hasn't exactly lived up to his own expectations, said nobody believes in Joey. Then they lose yesterday, and the chants of "Joey Sucks" were being heard throughout Ford Field.
The thing that still jumps out to me is this guy is never one to deflect the criticism. He accepts it, and shows a lot of class in a city where they worship Rasheed Wallace, yet hate this guy. Nice town.

Cougin' It Part Deux: The easy way to look at WSU's latest collapse is to say they "couged it" again. That is a cop out. I love Bill Doba as a human being, and think highly of him as a coach. He was the reason they had a lightning fast, aggressive defense all those years. He has also put together a staff that is a group of outstanding recruiters. But the second half, and fourth quarter collapses can't be placed soley on the "cougin' it" factor. Yes they are a young team, but the play calling is done to hold on to a lead, not to increase it. The offensive coaches seem to coach by the clock. It is embarassing and they need to do something soon-because the waiting list for football season tickets isn't THAT long.


At 4:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Perhaps someone, as in anyone, can tell me what Notre Dame has done this year to even be ranked in the top 20? They have only beaten 1 team with a winning record. The only team that is above .500 is Michigan who has 3 losses. The only 2 quality ball clubs they have faced have beaten them on their home field. Sure they looked good against USC, but so did Oregon State last year and they were clearly not a top 20 team. Some pollsters even have them listed in the top 10. It seems as thought the old boy network is alive and well with the championing of Charlie Wiess who is really just reaping the rewards of Tye Willingham. Did anyone consider that Notre Dame's improvement might just be because the players that Tye Willingham recruited are now Junior's and have matured to the point where they can now be effective? The Irish are cruising for a BCS blowout, just like the Beavers gave the last time the pundits put them on a field they had no business playing on.

At 4:33 PM, Anonymous Marteth said...

Luck of the Irish? :-p

They, and Michigan, are traditionally the most overrated schools in D1-A football.

It's a joke.

At 8:26 PM, Blogger Dan said...

Regardless of Notre Dame's ranking, I simply thought it was a great game to watch. It was better than anything from the NFL this weekend.

But there were quite a few college games in that category this weekend. I wish they'd spread them out a little. :-)

At 2:57 PM, Blogger BuddyJay said...

So the last six posts have been about the USC vs. Notre Dame game. Personally, I think locally the big story is those Beavers. Mike H. leading the nation in receiving yardage after a game in which he clearly impacted the game by being a decoy. The Ducks are bowl elidgable so early after only one big win against a quality opponent. No Fresno St is not a quality opponent!
But I must chime in on the big topic ... The west cost national haters have been chanting luck as far as Lienert is concerned with the ball flying out-of-bounds; what they fail to recognize or mention is that had he held onto the ball, he clearly fell into the endzone.

At 5:14 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

IAN1080 is a putz...
UCLA looks very beatable.
No way WSU should have lost to the Bruins last week... and UW could have easily beat them.
I might give UCLA the homefield 3 point favorite nod - but would not dream of giving them a 2 touchdown nod... This will be a good game!
OSU's QB Moore won't be making bad decisions trying to force the ball into Hass this Saturday - this is his game of the year. UCLA will be following Cal's gameplan on Hass - Everyone knows what the coverage scheme will now be... The Beaver receivers will have to step up strong.
Go Beavs!
Troy near Corvallis

At 10:05 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Nebraska never had a five down game. That was Colorado. Get your facts straight!


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