Sunday, October 28, 2012
Another Football Post
My friend, Sare, calls this sport "stupidball" but the rest of the world calls it "football" (not to be confused with "fútbol" which is played in backward nations where they don't recognize the freedom of using one's hands and a South American village is burned to the ground with every goal).
A week ago I was waxing rhapsodical about how the Dawgs were probably going to have a 8-4 record after having a very tough beginning-of-a-season schedule. I thought they could beat all the unranked teams but would probably lose to Oregon State who is having their best year since something like 1929. I mean look at what the Huskies faced up until now (the rankings are the teams rankings when they played the Huskies):
LSU (3) (blowout loss)
Stanford (8) (win)
Oregon (2) (blowout loss)
Oregon State (7) (win)
But then we lost to (unranked) Arizona. Badly. Oh, man, was that a blowout. At that point I thought we'd be lucky to end the season 6-6 we looked so bad.
Then we played Oregon State last night. And the defense rocked (the offense, not so much). And we won making our record 4-4 and 2-3 in conference. Looking at the remaining schedule we could, if the offense will work just a little bit better, win the last four games (California, no push-over, Utah, Colorado, and Washington State). Which would still means an 8-4 record (6-3 in conference). Which ain't bad. Unfortunately, it's not an improvement on last year's 8-4 record. But at least we aren't going backwards.
But, boy, was that win nice last night.
CORRECTION: Last year we were 7-5 in regular season, not 8-4 so 8-4 this year would be a (slight) improvement.