Monday, October 2, 2017

The Huskies are 5-0 (And so are the Cougars)

Editors note: This is late because I was travelling all weekend. I watched the game last night on DVR.

The University of Washington Huskies are still undefeated after beating the Oregon State Beavers 7-42. There was little doubt as the Beavers are the worst team in the Pac-12.

But, it wasn't the blow-out it could have been. On their first series, the Huskies marched down the field and scored. But then they never scored again in the first half, with miscues and missed opportunities, they never reached the end zone.

After halftime they looked like the team they are supposed to be, and scored 35 points before late in the fourth quarter, coach Chris Petersen did his usual thing in blow-out games, and put in back up players. The Beavers then managed to get a touchdown against our second stringers.

The Huskies are 5-0 overall, 2-0 in conference. No one is surprised at this. Next week the Huskies play the California Golden Bears at home. The game will be on ESPN at 7:45 PM PDT. Which is an awful time.


But, elsewhere in the Pac-12, the Washington State Cougars defeated #5-ranked USC. So the Cougars
are 5-0, also, and 2-0 in conference. That was not a game USC was supposed to lose. In fact, USC wasn't supposed to lose any games on their way to a Pac-12 South championship and then play the Pac-12 North winner (probably Washington) for the Pac-12 championship on December 1st. But right now the Utah Utes are the only undefeated team in the Pac-12 South at 4-0 overall, 1-0 in conference (they had a bye this week). USC is 4-1 overall, 2-1 in conference.

The Pac-12 North Division championship might come down to the Apple Cup, the annual cross-state rivalry game between UW and WSU. Could be interesting.

Now the Pac-12 South Division championship will probably be between USC and Utah.

The Polls

As you can imagine, USC's defeat dropped them in the AP top 25 poll, from #5 to #14. WSU jumped from #16 to #11. I was hoping that since USC dropped out of #5, Washington would slip into that spot. But Georgia is now #5 and Washington stayed at #6. Washington is now the highest ranked team in the Pac-12.

Utah stayed at #20.

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