Oct 31, 2013; Pullman, WA, USA; General view of Martin Stadium during the NCAA football game between the Arizona State Sun Devils and the Washington State Cougars. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
I really hate bye-weeks, usually.
This is especially true when they are stacked two in three weeks, with a Thursday night game in the middle so that you literally miss three straight Saturdays of missing your team and only get to watch one game in twenty-seven days. Aaargh!
Sorry to go all Mike Leach on ya, but I’m really kinda bummin’ right now. On top of all I just mentioned we have been absolutely flogged in eight of the last nine quarters of football, the one exception being an awesome second quarter against the Ducks. Other than that, since quarter number four of OSU about a month ago, our Cougs have been walking the plank and falling right into the angry seas. Our team has looked downright awful.
I suppose for that reason these bye’s come at the right time for WSU. The last few weeks, (even after bye week number one) I think it’s pretty obvious that we had a mentally drained football team. That’s probably not a good excuse for what happened in the past three games (especially against the Beavs), but it is something that was most definitely noticeable.
Let me not fail to bring up the fact that we’ve already played like the entire top half of the conference at this point (besides UCLA and UW). I think most of us are tired. Fans have lost a little faith in what the beginning of the season showed us, that we are much improved and bowl game viable.
Obviously we’re not ready to challenge the contenders, but we can definitely beat Arizona and Utah before taking on the Dawgs in the new Dawg pound. Time to recharge folks. Take another week off and get ready for a fully energized team come Arizona weekend. I believe a refocused Cougar team can get this done and give us something to cheer about in the postseason once again.