Thank you to our friend TwistNHook over at California Golden Blogs for hosting this weeks roundtable. This is a big week for us Beaver fans, and an even bigger week for Stanford, UW, and WSU.
I can think of one tiny little school that wears wings on their sleeves that is rooting against OSU. They say they are our friends. They claim to root for us unless playing us. But let's face it, UO fans would be pulling their hair out if OSU made it to the Rose Bowl. I also think
4. Washington State
10. Oregon State
I actually would have to say Cal is my surprise team. I don't know why, it's just a hunch. Call it a Monty hunch. But also, I think Oregon is going to do much worse than people give them credit for. They are over rated yet again. They only win when Ernie Kent's job is on the line. They lost much more this year than they did the year before, and they underachieved INCREDIBLY last year. Also, expect OSU to win 2 Pac10 games this year. Both will be at home, and probably against the lesser competition (see: Feb 19th against Stanford, Jan 31st against Oregon). But I imagine Coach Rob will have this team confident some point this year.
Slim to none. They are talented, they always have been, but it's going to be hard. We saw what a drop off they had last year without him, and they not only lost him but a wealth of talent as well. It's sad, but I think this is going to be the beginning of the end for UA. It hasn't been the premiere program for a couple of years, and with Herb Sendek appearing to make a run at owning the desert up at ASU, look for a serious drop off. I think one of the main reasons is no one wants to follow in Lute's footsteps. The measuring stick will be long and hard (that's what she said). Only Lute could have a drop off season and get away with it at UA. The next coach that comes in won't. He will be measured by Sweet 16s and nothing less. Not exactly an inviting scenario for a team that just lost it's biggest recruits for next year...