Oct 19, 2013; Eugene, OR, USA; Washington State Cougars running back Leon Brooks (23) runs the ball in the second quarter against the Oregon Ducks at Autzen Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Scott Olmos-USA TODAY Sports
After Saturday got over I was finally over the Oregon game. I then started thinking about the possibilities for the remainder of the year. Just when I was getting really positive about our chances for a bowl, it got better (for WSU) as the Huskies found out that Kasen Williams will likely miss the remainder of the season with a broken foot.
That’s not to say that I’m happy Williams got injured, I’m not. Getting injured is the worst thing and no athlete should have it happen to them, it sucks! It’s too bad for the young man…
With that injury I started really thinking about what’s ahead, and I gotta say it kinda all adds up to an opportunity of a magical finish. For example the bye weeks. For a fan, 2 outta 3 really sucks the big one, waiting is the pits. For our team, they’re going to have the healthiest possible roster for the final 4 games! That’s HUGE! None of our opponents get that advantage of 2 bye weeks in 3.
ASU this week had the same off-week, so that’s not a big advantage. However the plus for WSU lies in the fact that ASU has to travel, something we know they suck at. Late game, cold, crazy Cougar crowd with the Devils in town on Halloween? Thank you schedule makers! We can just throw Utah in that same category too! At home they are world beaters, on the road, they’re pretty much WAC material. Yet I STILL think they present major problems in personnel for the Cougs.
The two road games aren’t the worst either. Arizona after that second bye week??? Mike Leach had one of the most focused teams of 2012 after the bye week heading into Stanford. Zona is no Stanford and the Cougs are better than last year… I like that match-up a whole lot.
Then of course the Apple Cup. The Williams injury has really got me thinking that the gameplan for this game just got a whole lot simpler. They have more receivers but Williams is the favorite downfield target for one Keith Price. Load the box for Sankey and double ASJ, that’s the new gameplan, which I like a whole lot more now.
Yes, the Cougs CAN go 4-0 in this stretch. Of course it starts Thursday and if WSU can win that game I think we can all start believing it.