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Man...I hope you're right about us having a fight with Auburn. Would hate flying all the way down there to get completely steamrolled. Of course, I am quite prepared for that possibility.

1 year, 2 months ago on Losing Your Lunch: Double Secret Probation Edition

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@LongballI think Grippi nails it here...on the one hand, Leach is absolutely within his right to make this determination, and I think everyone can acknowledge that there is some sort of disadvantage with the injury reports...the only disagreement is to what degree.

However, there is nothing to stop regular people from tweeting injury updates. It's hard to imagine the fact that Travis Long was on crutches all week during the week leading up to Apple Cup last year would have stayed secret. In fact, it almost incentives it.

Long story short, I think it's a dumb policy but not that big of a deal, and doesn't really move the needle for me much either way. How about some wins...yeahhhh...let's get some wins.

1 year, 2 months ago on Losing Your Lunch: Double Secret Probation Edition

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I think this is a constant tension at most schools, and the main determinant is what the program expectations are. Schools like USC will have expectations of regularly appearing in BCS Bowls, and at schools like Idaho it's a success to go to a bowl game at all. Recently, the general philosophy is to just keep firing coaches until someone meets the Win/Loss expectations of the fan base. In time past, it was more common to give a coach time to see if they could figure it out; now, coaches are usually given about 4 years to meet the expectations of the fan base before they are axed.

 

Not sure which philosophy is better, since there are ample anecdotal examples for the success or failure of each. But the question for a school inevitably becomes, at what standard do we hold the success of the program? Kentucky fans would be glad to finish 6-7 in football, but anything less than a top-10 basketball ranking will have fans questioning the coach's job security.

 

WSU is a particularly tough school to gauge, because we have had decades of futility, but have also had significant periods of success in baseball, basketball, and football. Some people most vividly recall the peaks of the success with Tony Bennett and Mike Price, and some vividly recall sitting through pointless season after pointless season. Thus, some expect us to be making NCAA Tourney and bowl games every other year, while others are happy with running a clean program and every now and then finding a bit of success. I think most fans are somewhere in the middle of these two extremes...though this difference is what gives rise to the fans impatiently expecting the next great season, while there are others who have seen enough ups and downs to have the patience to sit through 4 or 5 pointless seasons to break out into success.

 

But since this post is likely regarding the basketball team...my $.02 is that Ken Bone deserves *one* more year to give us some hope that he's the guy to take us back to the NCAA tourney. At this point we can't accept off-court issues or non-qualifying recruits as excuses. 

1 year, 7 months ago on In Memoriam - Accusing Coug Fans of Being "Afraid of Winnning"

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Ahhhh man, a live-post for a WSU basketball game? My thoughts and prayers go out to you. It feels like I haven't watched some Bone-sketball in weeks...because I haven't! For health reasons, of course. 

 

I kind of like the new Beavs logo, if that's what it turns out to be...maybe that's just me.

1 year, 8 months ago on Cougs! Beavers! You're Welcome, America

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 @Longball Now that all of our games are televised...nobody cares! What a bummer.

1 year, 8 months ago on The Final Countdown?

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Still kind of baffled by what Sterk was thinking, giving Bone 7 years guaranteed at over $800k....but I digress.

 

I'm not sure what to do with this whole situation. We've clearly gotten worse over the last 4 years...but NCAA basketball is one of those things where you can bring in 2 guys over the off-season and completely turn a team around. Do I have confidence that we can do that? Not really. But on the other hand, you never can quite tell when you're on the cusp of something great (or something terrible), because there is so much personnel change year-to-year. I'm leaning towards giving him one more year, to save the money and see if these guys coming in can make the difference.

 

On the other hand, if he stink it up next year and the off-court shenanigans continue, then its definitely time to cut our losses...maybe even mid-season.

1 year, 8 months ago on The Final Countdown?

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It's simply impossible to show that this team is on a positive trajectory over the last 4 years...and does anyone have confidence the program will move in a positive direction over the remaining 3 of Bone's contract?

 

Do the right thing, Moos.... fire Bone.

1 year, 8 months ago on Basketball Update

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Really like this class, especially the linemen! Big guys with lots of potential...plus we held on to Bruggman, which the longer those rumors stayed out there, the more I thought he would flip. To be safe though, I will give my FULL EVALUATION of this class in 2017! 

 

I used to be a big nay-sayer about the recruiting ratings...but I think I've made my peace with them. ON AVERAGE they predict an athlete's caliber, but are not very good at predicting how an individual athlete will do. Thus, sign ten 4-stars, 2 or 3 will probably fizzle while 7-8 will contribute. Sign one 4-star, and you could get anything in between, but odds are better that they will be a great player. Also, you need good coaching combined with the RIGHT talent. Take a look at UCLA and Notre Dame of past, or pretty much any ACC school recently, to see what can go wrong when you get the wrong type of 4 and 5 star recruits without good coaching.

 

Also of note...that Russell Wilson picture, look who he signed with! Bet that feels pretty hollow to NC-State fans...

1 year, 8 months ago on Wazzu Morning Drip - Ya Never Know Edition

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 @SeanHawkins completely agree, RE: the playoff problem. The biggest threat to CFB attendance and fan interest is that there is no playoff system.  An overwhelming majority of fans have been begging for it for at least a decade (probably longer) and are met with a brick wall. There's absolutely no doubt in my mind that this is the greatest barrier holding back the sport.

 

The fans are shouting, but nobody is listening.

1 year, 9 months ago on Have We Created A College Football Bubble?

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 @SeanHawkins  @Robert K. Not buying this one either... football is modified every year to make it safer. It's been changed to be safer since the beginning of the game... otherwise we'd still be running around in leather caps.

1 year, 9 months ago on Have We Created A College Football Bubble?

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I'm not buying the alarmist doomsday scenarios... the (small) drop in attendance closely mirrors the free fall of the economy. The modest drop in TV ratings for a couple networks closely mirrors the massive expansion of viewing options available on alternate networks.Whether TV contracts are being overvalued or undervalued remains to be seen...but after the P12 Network closed their deal, I'm sure a ton of SEC are feeling undervalued by their CBS deal (which was a record when it was signed).

 

And the smaller Bowl games continue to draw TV audiences (New Mexico Bowl topped Butler's upset over #1 Indiana in ratings). Try telling me that the NCG was more exciting than the New Mexico Bowl. And the 2008 Humanitarian Bowl was among the best games I've ever seen.  If you don't like them, don't watch; but plenty of people do, or at least enough do to keep them viable.

 

The real danger for the future of college football is being too slow to change. What's driving people away isn't small schools, or sparsely attended bowl games; it's the mind-boggling refusal by the NCAA to listen to the SCREAMS from fans demanding a playoff system. The fans are loudly, and overhwhelmingly, pleading for a true playoff system. People don't like the BCS; it's confusing; it's arbitrary; it's illogical; and it's unsatisfying. To increase college football expansion and sustain fan interest, some sort of playoff system is absolutely necessary.

 

As for increasing attendance at home games...the key is to make BEING at the game a completely different (i.e. better) experience than WATCHING the game. How exactly you do that effectively is beyond me. (the premium seating is a very good start though)

 

 

 

 

1 year, 9 months ago on Have We Created A College Football Bubble?

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@Sutra

As evidence, I present exhibit A: http://www.wsucougars.com/sports/m-footbl/sched/wast-m-footbl-sched.html

 

And exhibit B: http://news.wsu.edu/pages/publications.asp?Action=Detail&PublicationID=34502&TypeID=1 ("Sept. 21 marks the return of Idaho to Martin Stadium for the first time since the 2007 season. The Idaho game will be part of Homecoming Weekend festivities in Pullman... WSU hosts Oregon State (Oct. 12), which will highlight the annual Dad's Weekend on the Pullman campus.")

 

As always, Mr. Sutra, roll in whatever direction the cosmos compel you.

1 year, 9 months ago on 2013 Schedule Released!!!!

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I think you have a mistake up there, WSU is listing Idaho as the homecoming game (probably to blunt some of the empty seats). Oregon State is Dad's Weekend.

 

 

Obviously this schedule is awful. Only 4 Cougar Football Saturdays! And having SUU, Utah, and Idaho as three of them doesn't help. Unlike years past, I think USC and Auburn are winnable games. And I really, really like that Stanford is the Seattle game...their fans are unlikely to travel to Seattle, as they can barely make the trip to Palo Alto (zing). But boy, the road to a bowl game doesn't look too kind now that Colorado is off the schedule. 

 

Only redeeming factor is that because 2013 is a turd, 2014's home schedule should be epic: Wisconsin, USC, Oregon, Arizona, Cal, and UW all on tap in Pullman.

1 year, 9 months ago on 2013 Schedule Released!!!!

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I like it! Never hurts to recruit some gnarly hair for the sideline, and being a good coach is also a huge plus.

1 year, 9 months ago on Are We Close to Filling One Coaching Vacancy?

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Looks like Deadspin has their investigative journalism machine humming along, complete with redacted letters, internal emails, and other bits of "secret" info...if you want to see all of the original documents, it's a good place to look. My impression is that they are trying to make hay out of this issue and turn it into a scandal... an issue which has been rendered pretty much moot in light of WSU and especially the Pac-12's conclusions.

1 year, 9 months ago on Breaking News: Leach Cleared

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Making the Thursday game the one in Seattle against Oregon State is the only scenario that makes sense...we all know how much ESPN hates traveling to Pullman. Seems like a win for everyone involved.

1 year, 9 months ago on Tuesday Morning Deep Thoughts

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finally closure and that horrible, horrible 2012 season. Finally feeling like we can move on...

1 year, 9 months ago on Breaking News: Leach Cleared

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 @ptowncoug3012

 Boise JC is among the biggest frauds in CFB, and will never root for them (2007 Fiesta Bowl notwithstanding).

 

Also, now that you mention Utah....does anyone else think they will be terrible next year? They're losing their best player on Defense (Star Lotetui) and their best player on Offense (John White IV), and with Wynn done for his career, Jon Hays graduating....ummm...doesn't look too good in SLC.

1 year, 10 months ago on Wazzu Morning Drip - 12/12/12 Roundup

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Completely agree about UW. I figured this would be a down year, what with their schedule and losing Polk, Kearse, and Aguilar. In fact, I was pretty surprised that they finished with 7 wins...and were one jittery kicker away from 8. So yeah, after returning everybody next year, plus a pretty solid recruiting class...9 wins would be my prediction. They will be good.  

 

And as for having 6 ranked teams...finally! I think it is part to do with improved competitiveness caused by TV money, as the league has unquestionably improved its facilities and coaching top-to-bottom....and also some credit is probably due to the Big 10's astounding head-first dive into mediocrity.  

1 year, 10 months ago on Wazzu Morning Drip - 12/12/12 Roundup

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 @Longball  @Sutra

 As likely the only person on Earth who was at last year's Utah game AND this year's Pac-12 Championship game....I can personally vouch for this statement. Of course, Pullman was 25 degrees and dumping snow...Palo Alto was about 60 degrees with light rain showers.

 

But, speaking of Pac-12 Championship games... we should do one in Pullman one of these years...they're pretttttty fun   

1 year, 10 months ago on Wazzu Morning Drip - 12/12/12 Roundup

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 @Longball  @Ambush184  @Sutra  @SeanHawkins

 hm...ok, thanks for the recruiting help...I guess? Doesthis mean MQW is still on campus?

1 year, 10 months ago on WAZZU MORNING DRIP - MONDAY MORNING EDITION

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Also, according to that CoachingSearch website, Mike MacIntyre from SJSU is headed to Colorado. Hard to imagine a better (realistic) hire for Colorado, Mac is someone who has done the rebuild job before in what appeared to be a hopeless situation. And that makes 12/12 coaches in the Pac-12 that have proven to be highly competent. Boy has that TV money made a difference! Will be interesting to see who is still around in 4 years....

1 year, 10 months ago on WAZZU MORNING DRIP - MONDAY MORNING EDITION

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I agree about Dykes... great coach, but not sure if the fit is going to be great at Cal. It's hard to imagine a school being further from LA-Tech than Cal, but recruiting-wise if you can sell Ruston to recruits you sure as hell can sell Berkeley. I've never bought the "academics is bad for recruiting" line of excuses, and think it only can help him recruit.

 

 

My take-away from all of this is that the TV money has finally trickled to the coaches, and objectively I would say that every coach in the Pac-12 is "good" or "great"...which makes things pretty damn competitive. We all know that 3 or 4 years from now, we can expect about 4 current coaches to be history... I wonder which ones they will be?

 

 

As for CU... how does this AD still have a job? Isn't this the same guy who hired Dan Hawkins? C'mon bro...

1 year, 10 months ago on Goodness of Fit | December | 2012 Articles

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 @Longball the third hit actually made me LOL: "Welcome to the BoneZone, a web resource for trombonists."

1 year, 10 months ago on Kelly Olynyk?!

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 @Longball  @Ambush184 The whispering I've heard out of people in Pullman is that Halliday is going to transfer out...

1 year, 10 months ago on Wazzu morning drip - Humpday Appreciation Edition

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Am I the only one who feels like Deone has been here FOREVER? I could have sworn this was his senior year. He's been one of the only bright spots on the defense the past few years, and deserves the second team honor. My philosophy with Safeties is that you hardly ever want them to be your leading tackler. This usually means your linemen are getting steamrolled back into the linebackers, and the safety has to run up and make the TD-saving tackle. But, if your linemen do happen to be blasted into oblivion, and your linebackers are having a hard time making their reads and tackles… then there probably isn't a better guy to have than Bucannon to have your defense's back.

1 year, 10 months ago on Wazzu morning drip - Humpday Appreciation Edition

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Without this here blog

All I would have is Jim Moore

And my life would suck

1 year, 11 months ago on Breaking News: The Big Announcement

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Happy to see this

Best Wazzu Commentary

World a better place

1 year, 11 months ago on Breaking News: The Big Announcement

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Also, if closing the blog is actually an option on the table, that would be a real tragedy...ya'll should just keep it running on whatever schedule works for you. And if you ever need more writers, put out another casting call... I for one would be interested.

1 year, 11 months ago on Heading to Off (Season)

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Definitely an interesting thought regarding MQW...though the infinitely more likely scenario is that he does exactly what you described, RS a year then play, just at a different school. And frankly, why would anyone on the team next year want this guy back? He doesn't want to be at WSU under CML, and it seems most of the players that DID like him are graduating/already gone. I'd be shocked if the 17 freshmen that started, or many of the sophomores, want a guy like that back when we have an equally talented outside receiver in Gabe Marks. . . . .Personally, I hope I never hear of or see MQW ever again, in college or the NFL (and considering the way he has conducted himself in the past year, this seems pretty likely). I'm nothing short of ecstatic that his outrageous and slanderous PR stunt has completely blown up in his face, and we showed against the Huskies that he is replaceable. If he's too prideful to be a man and issue an apology, then he just needs to fade into obscurity.

1 year, 11 months ago on Heading to Off (Season)

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This season has been too much to handle for me, and will be very glad when it's over. This Friday, we have two factors going in our favor: UW's offense is pretty bad, and UW has played miserable on the road all year. On the other hand, we unquetionably have a worse offense and defense, it appears that Travis Long will be out, and if Tuel gets hurt Gilby will be playing. So yeah, we'll probably get steamrolled in the 2nd half. But there is a slight possibility of success.

 

On the plus side, I won tickets to the Pac-12 Championship game! For people who know more than me: should I be hoping for it to be in Eugene, Palo Alto, or Pasadena?

1 year, 11 months ago on Half Truth

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 @CougX  @bpcoug54  @Longball  @oldsavage I agree that we should let the investigation play out... but that being said, all signs indicate that MQW made a disasterous choice in wording of his accusations.

1 year, 11 months ago on Through the Wringer

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 @Selahcoug  @marktchamp

 He hasn't once questioned the physical ability of our players, but has repeatedly questioned their mental toughness. Why so many people on the team decided to quit trying after Wulff got fired is beyond me, and I think Leach is just as baffled.

1 year, 11 months ago on On the Other Hand...

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Without being privy to insider information, it's hard to know whose side to take. I know Wulff's kids were extremely loyal, and the majority probably felt his staff deserved anoher year. Of course, that wasn't going to happen so we moved on, but it's understandable why they might be resistant to change. On the other hand, Leach has certain expectations of his players, and clearly they aren't meeting them right now, and there is obvious friction between the mentalities of the old and new regime. We all knew Leach is an unusual coach; an aberration from the norm. This endeared many Tech fans to him, but greatly annoyed many others who wanted a more traditonal coach. Unsurprsingly he has told the media exactly what he thinks of the effort level he's getting from his players. While debateable whether it should be spoken publicly to the media, it certainly is nice to know that we are watching the same team; at times we have played like zombies, and there's no doubt that the Utah game was a zombie convention.

 

But, me personally, I tend to side with Leach. I had no issue with him having the linemen answer questions; I was genuinely interested to see what they had to say, considering they never get asked questions, and their performance is usually the bellweather for whether a team wins or loses (QB's, RB's, and LB's cannot do their job without decent line play). Plus, it's no more embarassing than the QB being dragged out to answer why he threw 3 or 4 interceptions. I just don't see what the big deal is.

 

In regards to Wilson, his lack of consistent effort was most obvious to me on bubble screens, where he did not make serious efforts to block---which is crucial to the success of the play. As early as the UNLV game it was obvious he needed a serious attitude adjustment; evidently he couldn't handle it, so he quit. I'd rather have a coach that doesn't let things slide, than one who is holds players to different standards based on their talent level. I sure wish it worked out, but it didn't, and I'm not sure if there's anyone to conclusively point the finger at.

 

 

1 year, 11 months ago on On the Other Hand...

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 @wrichstrom  @NavyCoug Sorry bud, but he's given poor effort all season, then quit when he was called out. I understand he was loyal to Wulff, but it's hard to have any sympathy for a quitter.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Bottom(s) Line

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 @ErikAnderson I appreciate the fact that he doesn't piss on our shoes and tell us it's raining. He's a straight shooter, and I think he's guilty of giving us a completely honest assessment of our team, something we haven't been given in a long, long time.

 

He takes responsibility for it at every press conference I've watched. And secondly, he has not once bemoaned the talent the previous coaching staff recruited.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Bottom(s) Line

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 @LACoug for what its worth, I would say >90% of the reactions I've seen on social media are supportive of Leach

1 year, 11 months ago on The Bottom(s) Line

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We could sure use a win this weekend...

 

1 year, 11 months ago on The Bottom(s) Line

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 @NavyCoug completely agree about Long. We need a whole team of Travis Long's.

1 year, 11 months ago on The Bottom(s) Line

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According to a WSU SID, Marquess Wilson has been suspended from the team...

1 year, 11 months ago on Fear and Criticism in Pullman

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 @Soze  @Ambush184 agreed... I find it hard to side with a quitter

1 year, 11 months ago on Fear and Criticism in Pullman

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The thing I like most about football is that it is brutally honest; there is no bullshit, no spin, no bias. The evidence is laid bare in the crucible of competition. And the verdict on this season is clear: we are terrible. We're the worst team in the conference, and among the worst in the country. Our talent is nowhere near our competition; our team plays dispassionately, and still, paradoxically, with a sense of entitlement. If it wasn't clear before, this game starkly paints the true picture of our situation: at this moment, we are a lower-tier Sun Belt team.

 

Going winless in conference is pretty much a given at this point. What kills me is that with our last chance to get to a bowl game, to have a winning season...we went down with hardly a whimper. This thing is going to take half a decade to rebuild...I think Leach is the right guy to do it, but for now... I just can't take this anymore.

1 year, 12 months ago on The Day to Win

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 @ErikAnderson  @YakiCoug You mean I shouldn't start predicting 4 straight wins after 6 straight losses? That's no fun!

1 year, 12 months ago on Welcome Back to Utah!

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 @Soze Alabama in every season seems kind of gross to me, to be honest. I just want to see an SEC game up close...what better opportunity?

1 year, 12 months ago on Welcome Back to Utah!

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 @NavyCoug Agree about stopping the running. I had no idea they were on to their 3rd string QB...this game is completely winnable.

 

We should just make sure to kick everything out the back of the endzone. Yikes!

1 year, 12 months ago on Welcome Back to Utah!

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Completely unrelated to anything here, but of interest: Auburn released their 2013 schedule recently, and they have us marked down for 8/31/2013... labor day weekend, I believe. http://www.fbschedules.com/2012/10/auburn-tigers-announce-2013-football-schedule/

1 year, 12 months ago on Welcome Back to Utah!

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 @ErikAnderson There is now an outside chance... but by no means would I predict it, and will be very, very surprised if we win 3. All that game showed us is that we're at a point where we can beat most Pac-12 teams on any given Saturday. Assuming we continue to improve at the rate we have been, I would predict that we could win 1-2 games by the end of the season.

 

I'll be even happier when we can put up more than 30 points against a team not named Colorado.

1 year, 12 months ago on Welcome Back to Utah!

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I thought what Leach said, about how we are starting to savor the 1-on-1 matchups, and are focused on doing our jobs on every individual play rather than worrying about what the score is at the end of the day.... that really encapsulated the feeling I got watching us play. There were hardly any drops, great passes, and great defense. With the exception of 2 plays, we played fantastic.Think about it... alter those two plays, and we win the game!

 

If we play like we did against the trees on Saturday, then 1 win seems likely, 2 wins definitely possible, and even 4 wins is within the universe of possibilities. Which, pre-game, I predicted us to go winless for the rest of the season. So that's a huge improvement.

 

Also, was anyone surprised to see that it was US, not Stanford, that had the grind-it-out offense? As soon as we can have enough time to take shots down field, this will be a dangerous offense.

2 years ago on Welcome Back to Utah!

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Twitter Ban 2012 has been a rip-roaring success, so far.

2 years ago on Eyes Wide Shut

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 @Huddy  @LucasNurmi hahaha, yeah Lucas it took me about 2 seconds on google to solve this mystery...

2 years ago on Know Your Enemy

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