Monday, September 03, 2007

The Monday Morning Wash

A huge tip of the hat to Washington for an impressive victory over Syracuse, but a very good Boise State team is coming to Husky Stadium this week looking to make their claim as the best program in the Pacific Northwest.

ESPN's broadcast was pretty spotty, especially during the second half when they broke away for the no hitter. Another thing that bugged me was the announcers stopped watching the game and decided to talk about whatever was running through their collective heads in the second half. we certainly didn't need camera shots of the bozo's talking about stuff that none of us cared about.

This of course is a holiday weekend, plus it is the celebration of my first wedding anniversary, so I have to keep it short today, but I will have quite a bit this week leading up to Boise State game.

Pac Ten Recap

I predicted a 10 point Washington win over Syracuse which seemed generous, and was delighted by the 30 point spread. Impressive start by the Huskies.

Oregon had early problems with Houston, but they pulled away to win 48-27. Not a great start for the Ducks keeping the underdog in the game this long, and giving up way too many points at home.

Oregon State handled Utah with relative ease on Thursday, but they looked pretty one dimensional with Canfield at QB. Bernard looks like a Sunday back, and the OSU line was really doing a great job blocking...Ute's were flying everywhere.

UCLA started slow against a weak Stanford team but pulled away in the second half as they wore down the shallow depth of the Cardinal 45-17.

Arizona State started quite a bit stronger than I thought just drubbing San Jose State 45-3. I was hopeful it would take a year for Erickson to get it together down there, but it looks like he has them ready to go from the get go, bad news for the rest of the Pac Ten. I really expected more out of San Jose in this one.

Arizona was favored by the oddsmakers, but as I predicted BYU handled them with no problem, and the new offense failed to surface. Looks like Mike Stoops is on the hot seat. Arizona is headed to the basement once again.

WSU showed some fight against Wisconsin, but the Badgers are way too physical for a doormat Pac Ten squad and prevailed 42-21 after a strong finish in the fourth quarter. Hand it to WSU for making it interesting, but the Badgers with their physical presence are in another league. I predict them by the way to win the Big Ten this year.

The game of the day was Tennessee vs California, and the fans were not dissapointed in this high scoring affair. Cal just had way too much team spped for the Volunteers to handle this year, and pulled away for a 45-31 victory. Cal has an awful lot of speed, you can joke about their defense, but

USC's offense still isn't up to par as they toyed with Idaho winning 38-10. USC is still probably the best team in the country, but Cal is going to give them a run for the money.

Michigan was terrible on Saturday losing to Div IAA Appalachian State at home 34-32. Carr should start looking at some retirement property.

Fat Charlie, and Notre Dame went down to Georgia Tech at home 33-3. I predicted the Irish would win in reversal of the philosophy I had last year when I predicted the Irish to lose each worked, and we will continue to predict Irish victories and hope they continue to lose.

#4 Texas struggled with Arkansas State winning 21-13 in agame that was way closer than expected.

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