San Jose beaten, Sooners next for UW
Fresh off a stirring victory over San Jose State, the Washington Huskies turn their attention to the Indian Nations for an intersectional match up with the Oklahoma Sooners. The Huskies will be large underdogs for this one, but are presented with a chance to start restoring the lost luster of this once proud football program by beating the Sooners at legendary Owen Field in Norman.
The Huskies ran over and around San Jose, racking up 300 yards rushing as both Stanback and Rankin collected 100 yard games. Rankin put the capper on the win by sprinting 68 yards for a touchdown in the 4th quarter as the Spartans were lighting up the Husky secondary.
The game had some eerie similarities to last year's crushing opener against Air Force as the Huskies were in danger of blowing a 13 point 4th quarter lead to the game San Jose team. In what we hope is a sign of things to come this year, the Huskies reversed the trend and finished the game on top and in the win column. A complete reversal of fortune is just what the doctor has ordered up for this fall.
It starts in Norman this Saturday against one of the legendary programs in college football. The Sooner nickname comes from the cheaters in the 1889 land rush that turned the Indian Nations into the state of Oklahoma. The Sooners have been cheating at football ever since, while also racking up national titles and Heisman Trophy winners. The difference in comportment between the two squads should be obvious to all observers.
The two teams have never met in the regular season, only playing in the 1985 Orange Bowl, where the underdog Huskies whipped the Sooners and claimed a portion of a mythical national championship. The 90 degree heat at Husky Stadium was a nice tune up for what awaits at 2:30 local time in Oklahoma on Saturday.
My gut says the Huskies shock the world but my contract obligates me to pick the Sooners in a close one.
PREDICTION: OU 63, UW 9
If the season ended today……
Mallard N. Moore
If the season ended today, the Oregon Ducks would be national champions after their rousing 48-10 dismantling of the Stanford Giants in the BCS Nike Bowl at recently remodeled Autzen Arena.
Jonathon "I'm not Fragile" Stewart would be your Heisman Trophy winner and Mike Bellotti would be the coach of the year. It is that good at Eugene as a raucous sell out crowd enjoyed watching the new kings of the Northwest open their season.
Stewart nearly made it through the third quarter before injuring his ankle again. Before he got hurt he showed the scary talent he possesses as he ran over, around and away from the Stanford defense.
Dennis Dixon looked like he had been running the offense for years and the Ducks have their usual compliment of great wide receivers. The jury is still out on a thin defense with young midget corners, but UO should be able to outscore most opponents if need be.
"Did anyone catch the Cal score?" asked an innocent looking Mike Bellotti at his post game press conference as he accepted the grapes fed to him by the Duck Virgin Squad. The only down note for Oregon was a 12 men on the field penalty that allowed Stanford to keep possession when it was still a game. Right, coach?
PREDICTION: UO 48, Fresno State 14
The Rest of the Pac - You don't just walk into Neyland Stadium at Tennessee in front of 107,000 fans and beat up the Volunteers, even if you are Jeff "Pappy" Tedford and the Cal Bears. The Vols had spent a long off season hearing about how lazy and under performing they were in going 5-6 last year. National Champion coach Phil "I'd like to kill that Spurrior" Fullmer was feeling the heat himself. After all, Tennessee is stocked with the best talent money can buy, and to add insult to injury, the players were forced to show up at their no show jobs this summer as punishment for last season. It was an angry Vol team that took Cal to the woodshed, although amazingly, Cal was a mere five plays away from winning that game.
The USC Trojans appear headed for a down year after only managing a 50-14 win at Arkansas, down 20 points from last year's game. The Trojans will struggle this year behind the pinpoint passing of Bobby Joe Booty and the 7 true freshmen speedsters at tailback, to go with All American receivers and a killer defense that totally baffled the Hog attack. USC is a virtual lock for the Pac 10 title.
The WSU Cougars fought valiantly for a moral defeat at Auburn, 40-14, in a blow out that was a closer blow out than the blow out appeared to be. Gary "Mr." Rogers came off the bench to spark a quarterback controversy at WSU, as Alex "Season already on the" Brink struggled to move the offense most of the night.
Arizona beat BYU on a last second field goal and the nattily attired Bruins of UCLA slapped Utah around behind new QB, Ben Olsen.
Arizona travels to LSU next week for the other big intersectional battle.
The Nation - Miami and Florida State renew their rivalry in a game that happened after I wrote this, but I just knew that "wide right" would not enter into it…Notre Dame survived a scare at Georgia Tech, but the close margin gave the National Title to Oregon…Ohio State travels to Texas this week for the marquee match up…the Domers take on Penn State in another good game….Football has started, we're undefeated until someone says otherwise so let's strap it on and beat those Sooners!
Thanks for reading – Race
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