This weeks WAC football predictions from the irrepressible, irreverent and sometimes irrational Zagco. From Honolulu to Ruston, Moscow to Las Cruces and beyond, Zagco tells you exactly what you need to know about what is happening this week in the WAC.
Zagco went 4-0 last week,
raising his season record to a staggering 40-7, for a mind-blowing winning
percentage of .851.
As many of you know Zag's
Frags was censored last week by our corporate slavemasters, Scout.
They object to two things: (1)
my use of the word "gay" in describing Utah State's offense; and (2) they
asked that I not quote the entire newspaper article from the University of
Idaho's student newspaper (The Argonaut) about how Vandal quarterback Steven
Wichman was allowed to drive drunk in Moscow by Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson. They felt that quoting the
entire article, even though I cited it, highlighted pertinent portions, and
hyperlinked to it, might raise some sort of copyright issue.
However, they had no problem with the hyperlink, so if any of you have not read how Latah County Prosecutor Bill Thompson
allowed Vandal quarterback Steven Wichman to drive drunk in
, click the following hyperlink:
Anyhoo, Zagco is very sorry
about the "gay" comment too.
Zagco was unsure whether he
should continue writing his column, as he thinks the Corporate Slavemaster Scout
is really being petty. Plus, the
whole thing got started because a certain prolific columnist on Vandal Venue
complained, as he apparently got his precious feelings hurt by Zagco.
Scout really ought to let the poor Vandal Venue people fight their own
Anyhoo, Zagco realized he
couldn't just quit. After all, it
was Zagco who implored Jerard Rabb to "never stop dancing" after he was
called for three penalties and tossed out of the game for engaging in a
perfectly reasonable après touchdown endzone celebration.
Zagco also remembered the opening verse from one of his favorite Iron
Maiden songs, Can I Play With Madness:
Give me the sense
To wonder if I'm free
Give me a sense of wonder
To know I can be me
Give me the strength to hold my head up
Spit back in their face
Don't need no key to unlock this door
Gonna break down the walls
Break out of this bad place
Alas, Zag's Frags returns for
Where: The Biggest Little
City in the World
When: Saturday, October 28, 2006, at
2:00 p.m. MT (ESPN Gameplan, WAC.tv)
Hal Mumme – a man who wipes
his boogers on a white towel wrapped around his neck during games, allowing the
boogers to mix in with sweat and then drizzle down his body, covering his flesh
in a thin, shiny coat of snot – is in desperate need of win.
Instead of winning, however, the Snotgobbler spouts off about how
is the best team in the WAC, an obvious slight to
that is clearly related to his ego and his inability to understand how
's young coaches could possibly outcoach him.
Whatever. The Snotgobler
keeps losing, but at least he's not cheating, at least not that we know about,
Personally, Zagco thinks
's quarterback Chase Holbrook is a phenom, especially considering that he was
an option quarterback that hardly ever threw the ball in high school.
The way he throws the ball in that crazy, Canadian Football League-esque
offense is pretty dang impressive.
The Aggies gave
a tougher game that Zagco thought they would.
It was a close game until a couple late mistakes gave the Rainbow
Warriors some breathing room. So
now, the Aggies take the WAC's top passing offense into
to face the WAC's second best passing defense.
Chase Holbrook, who has been banged up this week, leads the WAC in total
passing yards, and he is third in passing efficiency, behind Colt Brennan and Z.
looks very solid. They play what
appears to be a more conservative style of game – lower scoring, less dynamic,
and efficient. Zagco has been
. They might not be a great football
team, but Chris Ault, the man who invented the QWERTY keyboard, seems to be
getting them to achieve, something that was lacking under prior coaches.
Nevada's vastly superior defense and decent offense should be enough to
get them by a New Mexico State team that has had their clocks cleaned by the
WAC's two best teams at home the last two weeks.
will pull out a win at home against the Aggies.
La Tech Bulldogs v. San Jose Can You See
Where: Do You Know The Way To
When: Saturday, October 28, 2006, at
4:00 p.m. MT (WAC.tv)
Zagco is really starting to dig
posters on the Scout network. What
a dedicated, entertaining group! Whoever
the Spartan was who posted the digital pictures of the
fan peeing in the bushes at the stadium during the game last week and getting
arrested deserves a gold medal! Sadlly,
the pictures have been removed, but still….
Awesome job Spartans!
La Tech finally got off the
schneid last week, beating the dope smoking Aggies from
and their new quarterback Charles Nelson Riley.
It was a donnybrook, as Keith Jackson might say.
However, they now have to hit the road again against a good San Jose team
that is coming off a hard fought loss.
has the second best defense in the WAC, and they seem to be playing with a
consistency and hunger that has been lacking for a long, long time.
La Tech is a lost cause.
recaptures that winning magic at home against the southern Bulldogs.
Central Idaho v.
When: Very, very late MT (10-ish
p.m. MT) (ESPN Gameplan)
I have good news for my Vandal
friends this week: You guys are
going to lose again, so get ready for another celebration!!!
The Vandals, who have elevated the art of celebrating
closer-than-expected losses to something metaphorically akin to one of those
80's-era Nagel prints that kinda looked like Duran-Duran album covers, should
be breaking out the
this week! Nothing gets a Vandals
hopes higher than a closer than expected loss.
offensive machine will roll to a big win over an emotionally depleted and
Where: On The Blue
When: Wednesday, November 1, 2006 at
6:00 p.m. MT (ESPN2)
, not because of their non-conference schedule, but because they have been able
to maintain a winning program for so long. This
year is certainly an anomaly, and even though the year is going badly for the
California-based Bulldogs, Zagco thinks they have plenty of talent that could,
at any moment, come together and form a formidable team.
's defense is fourth best in the WAC, giving up just over 360 yards per game,
decent but a bit lower than
might be used to giving up.
's offense is second to last in the WAC, well below expectations, especially
when you consider that they have a great running back, Dwayne Wright, who is
getting 103 yards per game. They've
recently made some changes, including the quarterback position, so we'll get
to see if the changes make any difference.
continues to roll. We looked okay
. Ian Johnson was awesome, as usual,
and our offensive line continues to have its way, especially as games wear on.
Zagco is concerned, however, about our passing game – the route running
and hands are both apparently lacking. Z's
play might not have been great, but Zagco feels his misfires are too often the
result of wrong routes and dropped balls, and Zagco cannot help but wonder
whether Z's confidence in the passing game is at all shaken.
Perhaps it's time for some new blood to run those routes.
Defensively, we looked okay, but our pass defense continues to look
somewhat shaky, as if confidence is lacking.
As a fan, I am beginning to feel nervous (like last year) when I see
opponents drop back to pass. We have
to get pressure to the quarterback faster, and we've got to get some picks and
make plays in the secondary. Zagco
thought we had some opportunities last week in the secondary and with pass
rushers who let Wichman get away – we've got to make plays defensively, as
we just aren't good enough to make up for mistakes on the fly.
will come in very fired up, as they always are against their big opponents.
However, I just don't think that
has the kind of defense and offense they need to win this game.
I also think that we, for all our misfires, are a helluva hard team to
stop. We can score so fast in so
On the blue, the Metropolitan
University of Distinction will get its defensive mojo back and roll to a solid
victory over a completely shell shocked