As adversity and injuries continue to mount, the Ducks just keep plucking along. Winners of five in a row, newbie head man Chip Kelly has to be the front runner for Coach of the Year, though he still has to navigate through the mine field that is the LeGarrette Blount situation. In the meantime, UO will ride their stingy defense, which has only surrendered one touchdown through three conference games.
"Ownage" may not be in the dictionary, but if it were there would be a definition followed by "see USC vs. ND." Seven straight wins by an average of 30 points means Petey isn't losing much sleep while prepping for his next game in the armpit of Indiana. The limiting factor to the success of $C's season may very well be the effectiveness of their quarterback, so to hedge his bets Carroll has given more practice reps to Mitch Mustain, hoping to avoid another Corp-like meltdown if starter Matt Barkley has to sit.
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Just call them Clockwork Orange. Mike Riley's teams have garnered a reputation for dramatically improving their performance after the first month of the season, and last Saturday they were right on cue. Taunting the visiting Cardinal, they stole their game plan verbatim and rammed it right down their throats. Spark plug Jacquizz Rodgers racked up 271 all-purpose yards (most of those coming in the first half) as OSU coasted to 4-2 on the year.
Halloween came early for Ron Lynn and his defense, as The Rodgers Brothers proved to be a living nightmare, slashing and gashing their way to a 31-7 halftime horror. Lost amongst the missed plays, dropped balls and egregious penalties was the emergence of a certain predator, with ball-hawking moves that are hopefully contagious. If Stanford is going to make it over the hump in Harbaugh's third year, they must start winning on the road, and there's no better time than the present, as a "W" in Tucson is essentially a must.
In what is being referred to as the "Miracle at Montlake," Husky fans saw their fortune turn on a bubble screen gone awry. Pass defense continues to be nonexistent in Purpleville, and lately Jake the Fake has not lived up to his premature billing as the best QB in the nation. If Sark has been saving anything, he might just have to whip it out against one of the more underrated defenses in Tempe.
Ordinarily, when a team commits six turnovers in a game they don't win comfortably, but the Devil Dogs pulled off this dubious feat, taking full advantage of an overmatched Coug squad. HIghlights from the game included the return of that other Gerhart to the offensive line and a three-player, sideline collision that Coach Erickson miraculously lived to tell about. ASU better clean up their act if they want to continue their one-game winning streak when they host the competent team from the Apple State.
Towards the end of their lackluster effort against the Quacks, the Bruise-ens were showered with a chorus of boos, accompanied by "We Want Craft" chants. Unable to mount any semblance of an offensive attack, El Lay watched their tenuous 3-0 halftime lead evaporate in a matter of minutes, rendering their undefeated start to the season all but a distant memory. On the one hand, having the best kickers in the country is a great weapon, but on the other, it's a bit of a backhanded compliment, and leading the conference in punts is making Norm Chow blush.
I don't think it is considered hyperbole to refer to kal's game in Pasadena as "The Desperation Bowl." Both teams need a win to avoid falling into the irrelevance abyss and both view the other as a team they should beat. The only difference is that the weenies have had an extra week of sitting in the corner adjusting their dunce cap to think about this one. With both offenses floundering, Vegas has set the over/under at nine.
As far as bad omens go, what happened to Cat defensive tackle Earl Mitchell before the team traveled to Seattle was fitting. Knocked unconscious by a swinging door inside McKale Center, Mitchell was declared unfit to play and was spared the heartbreak that befell his teammates. In control for most of the contest, a fluke interception that bounced off a receiver's foot turned a win into a loss in the closing minutes, Stoop-tifying all those involved.
If the season continues like this, the weekly Cougar highlight show may have to be shortened or cancelled altogether. Wazzu set two marks in their loss to ASU; one being the longest pass play in school history (99 yards) while the other was a team effort -54 yards rushing, the worst since record keeping began. The Pac X is doing their best to handicap these games, as the Cougs lead the league in opponent penalty yardage, and astonishingly enough, they have created the most turnovers as well. Despite these huge advantages, they are well on their way to matching the futility of last season, which has to feel worse than any sort of pig flu ever could.
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