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Huskies, Cougars, meet once again to see who’s worse

It’s Apple Cup week, and you know what that means — rounding up the records, rolling down the windows and throwing said records out said windows, writes Bob Condotta in his Seattle Times Husky Football blog.

Though the way the Cougars and Huskies are going these days, they’d probably earn a fine for littering in the process.

For the third straight year, neither Washington nor Washington State has a winning record entering their annual rivalry game at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium — UW at 3-7, WSU at 1-10.

In fact, only once since 2003 has either team come into the game better than .500 — WSU at 6-5, falling to 6-6 when the Huskies won 35-32 in 2006.

It doesn’t help soothe the pain to know that just to the south, Oregon and Oregon State are gearing up for one of the biggest Civil Wars ever Dec. 3, the winner assured a spot in the Rose Bowl.

Read more: http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/huskies/2010333429_apple23.html

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Okay Huskies, This isn’t Fun Anymore

Dawgs of Snore

Excuse the crudeness but it's apropos

Going into today’s game, I already knew a blowout was at hand.  I knew that Oregon State’s offensive and defensive lines were ten times better than the players we could send out there.  But from the game’s opening play, I was startled by just how pathetic the Washington Huskies looked.  There was no fire or confidence.  On passing plays, UW quarterback Jake Locker had an average of 0.0000023 seconds to throw the ball before being engulfed by Beaver defenders.

As the game progressed, the scoring margin between the two teams began to widen like the Grand Canyon.  And I began to wonder how it could ever come to pass that these two programs could be so disparate in their development.  The Beavs trounced the Dawgs 48-21 and it definitely fell under the category of “The Beavers could have scored 70 had they wanted to.”  The carnage left the Huskies with a 3-7 record and surrendering bowl eligibility for the 7th straight year.  Talk about shellshock- Husky Nation is reeling tonight.  The Beavers, meanwhile, still feel like the Rose Bowl is a possibility.  And good luck to them, I say.  Those guys play hard, and it’s a pleasure to watch a unit of different parts come together as a singularity and perform at a high level.

As for our beloved yet downtrodden Huskies…  Entering this  season nobody expected Washington to win the Pac-10 crown.  But the thought was that a great season would be 6 victories.  After the seemingly huge win over USC back in September, first year coach Steve Sarkisian could be heard repeatedly saying “it’s not going to take that long…  We’re not that far away from being an excellent football team.”

But that early season uplift of expectations has made this present slide all the more painful.  Washington has lost 4 games in a row, and 6 of its last 7.  Sarkisian is no longer talking with the swagger of September; instead he’s speaking in platitudes alarmingly similiar to his pathetic predecessor, Tyrone Willingham.

Now Washington football sits wondering what has befallen it.  We’re still a laughingstock that has been obliterated by two of its Northwest rivals.  The questions persist as to whether Sarkisian was a panic hire by the inexperienced athletic director Scott Woodward.  Should Woodward have gone after successful coaches with proven records like Gary Patterson of Texas Christian, Brian Kelly at Cincinnati or some other successful coach at a lower division school?

But Sarkisian is our guy and the jury’s still out.  Looking at the appallingly weak line play, one has to give Sarkisian some sort of pass until he can bring in some legitimate Pac-10 talent to man the trenches.  But it’s impossible to ignore the fact that this team is getting worse as the season wears on.  Indeed, things are unraveling in a manner not dissimiliar to a Tyrone Willingham team.

Considering Washington’s 12-57 record since 2004, more and more fans just don’t care anymore.  The prevailing feeling is that the University of Washington has de-emphasized football.  Can Sarkisian revive the tradition?  Or is it too late?  Only one thing’s certain– this ain’t fun anymore.

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It’s Time for Sarkisian to Unleash Locker

When Washington quarterback Jake Locker was a freshman in 2007, he rushed for 986 yards and 14 touchdowns.  He was playing for former coach Tyrone Willingham and offensive coordinator Tim Lappano, who basically threw Locker out there to run a version of street ball.

Now that Steve Sarkisian is Washington’s head coach, he’s placed great emphasis on keeping Locker in the pocket and minimizing the number of hits his quarterback absorbs from defenders.

The desire to keep Locker healthy is understandable.  But as the 2009 season has moved into November, the Washington offense is digressing.  The team is now 3-6 and the odds for a bowl game are fading for a 7th consecutive season.

It’s time for Sarkisian to call an additonal 10 runs for Locker per game, and use Locker’s greatest strength (his mobility) as an asset for an offense that desperately needs more productivity while keeping the other team’s offense off the field.

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Neuheisel hoping for Fresh Start for his UCLA Bruins

Although it’s tough to imagine John Wooden’s UCLA basketball teams ever struggling through a five-game losing streak, the Bruins’ current football coach realizes the Wizard of Westwood has plenty to teach him about the Bruins’ plight.
Rick Neuheisel has turned to Wooden’s writings for instruction and solace during UCLA’s skid, which didn’t quite end in last weekend’s 26-19 loss at Oregon State.

“While winning is important, it’s not the way you judge yourself,” Neuheisel said Monday, paraphrasing Wooden’s words. “You keep judging yourself by how you’re learning and how you’re trying, and if you continue to work hard, those wins will come.”

The Bruins’ history lesson for the week doesn’t end with Wooden. UCLA (3-5, 0-5 Pac-10) will don powder-blue throwback jerseys for Saturday’s visit from Washington (3-5, 2-3) in hopes of recapturing the spirit of the 1967 team led by quarterback Gary Beban, the only Bruins player to win the Heisman Trophy.

For 15 surprising minutes against the Beavers, the UCLA offense finally looked as sharp as Neuheisel expected it would be all season long. Quarterback Kevin Prince led two touchdown drives capped by two-point conversions in the fourth quarter, tying Oregon State at 19 with 2:06 left.

 Read more: http://www.mercurynews.com/california/ci_13697193

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Time for Sarkisian to make pitch for Northwest Championship

… or something akin.

Washington’s all-time record against its Northwest foes may be 178-101-15, but you wouldn’t know it from the way Oregon carved up the Husky defense yesterday like a Thanksgiving Turkey.  From that abysmal performance, it seems Washington has not closed the gap with Oregon, who has whipped Washington six years in a row.

With the hopes of a bowl game fading to black, UW’s first year coach Steve Sarkisian needs to conjur up new ways to get the team motivated.  Long-time Husky fans can remember when former coach Rick Neuheisel conjured up the idea of the “Northwest Championship” to infuse motiviation into his 4-5 team.  That team responded by going 3-0 against Oregon, Oregon State and Washington State. 

In Sarkisian’s case, the loss to Oregon nullifies the possibility of going 3-0.  But he needs to provide them with a realistic goal to strive for.  Yesterday against Oregon, the team seemed to regress to the same defeated body language and effort that pockmarked the Tyrone Willimgham era.

Rick Neuheisel’s Northwest Championship

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Mason Foster’s Game-Winning Interception to beat Arizona

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Last four Minutes of Washington vs. USC (September 19, 2009)

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