Our crystal ball slipped but once last week, failing to predict Oregon State's revival vs.WashingtonState, and we had a 6-1 record. Oregon predictably destroyed Colorado and gets another also-ran this week in WSU. Then the Ducks' season gets interesting, with two consecutive trips to Washington & Stanford. The Webfoot all-star pair of LaMichael James & DarronThomas sat out the Buffalo blowout and could easily rest again this week. Here's our forecast for rhis Saturday's sked:
WASHINGTON STATE @ OREGON--the
Autzen faithfulwill whoop it up again as their
darlings collapse the Cougars, with the usual
Duck progression of laying low in the first half
to study for a second half explosion is not
necessary. We'll miss the idiotic Cliff
Harris, but his absence is his loss only.
OREGON by 35.
OREGON STATE @ UTAH--this
is tough to call. Ca pounded the Utes pretty
well in San Francisco, but Utah will be tougher at
home and may overcome teir injury plague. We
doubt the Beavers can maintain the momentum they
rediscovered at Resere last week. UTAH by 1.
STANFORD @ SOUTHERN CAL--we
were somewhat awestruck watching the Cardinal rout
a good Washington team. There is no
apparentCard weakness on either side of the
ball. Their up-front line play is brutally
effective, their rushing
attack multi-dimensional, and then there's
Andrew Luck throwing to tall, speedy and tough
receivers. The Nov. 12 fracas in Palo Alto
with Oregon will be one for the ages! SC
gets this one at home in the Coliseum and will be
a good challenge, but the visiting gladiators know
their destiny lies beyond this trip.
STANFORD bt 10.
CALIFORNIA @ UCLA--the
Golden Bears recovered some luster last week
whipping Utah after losing two straight, and they
will shine some more by beating up on their
southern in-state rivaals, thus adding emphass to
the fall from coaching grace of Ricky
ARIZONA @ WASHINGTON--the
Dawgs got handed their helmets by Stanford, but
are coming home to meet Arizona, and should eke
out a victory. The visiting Wildcats looked
well-erve by losing coach Mike Stoops as they both
ran & threw well to overwhelm UCLA. HUSKIES by 7.
COLORADO @ ARIZONA STATE--no
contest here, as the Sun Devils rop past a
suffering bunch of Buffalos, who are at least two
seasons away from threatening any of their Pac12
STATE by 28.
WASHINGTON--had the Vikings not lost the
services of rushing star Cory McCaffrey to injury,
we would expect them to dump the defending Big Sky
titlists. Now, it seems the Vik revival will
face a third loss, but we keep our faith in PSU
coach Nigel Burton's ministrations. Eastern Washington by
RASPBERRIES...whatever happenedto the
national infatuation with aseball's World
Series? Lo, those many years ago when our
grade school classes were suspended to listen to
Series radio broadcasts...long gone, and even an
unusual matchup between Cardinals & Rangers
doesn' demand our attention...a plethora of posies
to that legion of flag-waving and chanting
aficionados who pack the stands at Timbers' games,
even though their on-field performers seem a
paltry bunch...no plaudits for Orgon high school
athletic administrators, who have realigned
traditional league matchups in favor of...what?
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