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.