20.Nov.2009 Oregon State @ Washington State
People will ask, “Angry, why even bother doing a writeup on this game?”
Well, the Oregon State media is being disrespectful of the opponent. Meanwhile, the Beavers are 16-32-2 in 50 games on the road versus Washington State. That’s why. Then there’s the weather…it’s looking like snow tonight, possibly at game time tomorrow, and winds of 10-20 mph. Snow neutralizes a running attack, while wind an aerial attack. Interestingly, the Beavers .478 winning percentage versus the Cougs is their best versus any Pac-10 foe, meaning the Beavers have a losing record versus everyone. That’s pretty disheartening to admit and accept.
Yes, the 2009 Cougars are terrible. But, the Beavers are overly confident, dreaming of Ducks and Roses and being told all they have to do is show up in Pullman. That’s not a good mindset for a game in harsh conditions. The Cougars are also starting a backup QB, a scenario that always manages to give the Beavs trouble.
Granted, what should happen is a 40-14 shellacking. But I don’t believe in kicking a program while they’re down, even if it’s just verbal castigation from a blog in the middle of nowhere. I think the Cougs get a lift from the weather and their new QB, and their effort will be somewhat respectable.