It must be nice to take three-fourths of a game off and still win 53-16. Even so, it wasn't all roses for the water fowl as they lost back-up QB Nate Costa to another knee injury, the third of his shortened career. It may not seem like much of a setback, but suddenly nervous Quacker Backers know they are a Dennis Dixon play away from a 2008 repeat.
Stanford failed in their first attempt to impress Erin Andrews but not in their latest. In front of a national audience, the Card put on a one-sided show for fans and voters, vaulting them back into the thick of BCS discussions and bowl permutations. Though Stepfan Taylor's string of 100-yard games came to an end, his four touchdowns will probably let him sleep easy this week. Additionally, The Trees' execution of the play simply known as "Power" suggests the boys could run it in their sleep.
Having their collective tails handed to them in Palo Alto, Zona confirmed what most of us already believed: they are not ready to run with the big boys. The award for most misguided pregame comment was a unanimous decision for Mike Stoops-typified when he opined that Stanford's physicality was an illusion of scheme. If the felines can't get past Troy at home this week, the words "collapse" and "meltdown" will be heard echoing around Tucson.
No one is sure exactly what $C is playing for these days, but they are still playing. Involved in their fourth nail-biter to date, it was the baby blockers' turn to walk off the field victorious after a last-minute field goal sailed wide. Koach Kiffin made a curious comment about the conference being tougher now than Pete Carroll's first year in 2001. The final rankings would disagree, as this is the warped view one can have when taking hear as the head man.
Oregon State 74
The maddeningly inconsistent play of a young Beaver team reared its ugly tail at The Rose Bowl, when Riley's Rats forgot there are four quarters in a football game, not three. Unable to establish their Quizz Back, OSU was leaning heavily on their defense, which suddenly collapsed under the pressure, culminating in a last-second FG loss. Fortunately, the cure for such hangover-inducing defeats comes to Corvallis in the form of a Wazzu pill.
Considering it happened on campus in recent history and the boneheaded ways the demons have lost games this year, is anyone launching a point-shaving investigation? Former Lou Groza Award winner Tommy Weber is certainly in on it, as he had an extra point blocked and missed a chippie FG on the final drive, just two of his many costly blunders this year. Despite all of the handwringing and hair-pulling, ASU can still be a dangerous team and is in desperate need of a signature win.
The numbers and history don't favor the weenies as they prepare to host #0 Oregon, as their 0-10 program mark against No. 1 teams would indicate. Add into the mix an offense that somehow got worse when Kevin Riley went down, and that they're facing the kind of speed-option attack that has given their defense fits, and you have a recipe for disaster. If there really is something supernatural happening in Strawberry Canyon this season, it will reveal itself on Saturday.
It's no secret that El Lay's most potent offensive weapon is their kicker Kai Forbath, and it's been that way for a couple of years. Kai finally got a chance to be the hero and he delivered by nailing a 51-yard kick at the gun to take out the sewer vermin. The upset win came at the perfect time, as this upcoming bye allows the Bruins to prepare for the stretch run to get back to The Eagle Bank Bowl.
Washington isn't the only squad that has to face the conference's best three teams consecutively, but they sure showed how bad it can get when you do, being outscored 138-30. Ironically, the game in which they were most competitive during that stretch was in Eugene, though you would never know it by just looking at the final score. An extra few days of rest should help Locker's ribs before a not-so-primetime Thursday night matchup with UCLA.
WSU blew the perfect chance to pick up a Pac Ten win before they try and start picking up Pac Twelve wins. Holding a beleaguered kal team to just 20 points, the Coog offense couldn't get out of its own way against the worst road defense in the country. Now they have to go on the road to face an angry OSU team having only one touchdown in two games to show for their effort. How's that basketball team shaping up this year?
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