Game Preview: Portland State vs. Washington

Is this legal? And is that coach wearing golf shoes? (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Casey would waltz with a strawberry blonde
And the band played on;
He'd glide 'cross the floor with the girl he adored
And the band played on;
But his brain was so loaded it nearly exploded
The poor girl would shake with alarm;
He'd ne'er leave the girl with the strawberry curls
And the band played on.
-Charles B. Ward

WHO: PSU @ UW

WHERE: Century Link Field, Seattle, WA

WHEN: Saturday, September 15, 2012, at 1:00 p.m Pacific Time

Catch it on FX, if you dare!

History

This is the inaugural battle between Portland State and Washington. History is being made this game.

Last Week

Portland State went to North Dakota to take on fellow Big Sky Conference member, the University of North Dakotai (whose logo looks vaguely like this other college football team I've heard of ...) in what turned out to be a non-conference match-up, similar to what happened between California and Colorado last year. To make things interesting, both teams decided to play leap frog: there were six different lead changes. Portland State was very vulnerable in the secondary, giving up passing touchdowns of 66 yards, 26 yards, 49 yards and 35 yards. The other two touchdowns Portland State surrendered, were also passing touchdowns. North Dakota averaged over 18 yards per reception this game. Special teams was also an issue for Portland State. They missed an extra point, had a field goal blocked, and then had a punt blocked ... oops.

Portland State had a decent game offensively, racking up 226 yards rushing and 301 yards passing. However, their QB completed 21 of 41 passes, for a meager 51%. Also, their go-to receiver, Justin Monahan had six receptions for 156 yards, and 2 touchdowns, while getting 226 all-purpose yards. The kid is 6-2, 200 lbs, and he is a load.

Numbers

0 - the number of wins Portland State has against the Pac 12

0 - the number of points Portland State has scored this year in the third quarter

1 - the number of rushing touchdowns Portland State has allowed this year; they allowed 6 passing TDs last week

1 - the number of coaches Portland State fired this week; apparently, Nigel Burton fired his defensive coordinator, and hasn't hired a new one yet ... I think he'll promote Lester Towns

2 - the number of wins Portland State has against FBS schools; 2000, a win over Hawaii 45-20 and then in 2006, a win over New Mexico 17-6

3 - the number of Portland State coaches who played at UW; Nigel Burton, Lester Towns,

35 - the number of consecutive games Portland State OL Kyle Ritt has played ... and counting

50.9 - the Portland State QB's completion percentage; this is Jake Locker "esque"

6845 - the average attendance for home games at Portland State

Questions Needing Answers

Defense: How many guards will it take to contain Mr. Shelton? If Danny Shelton showed so much improvement last week, what is he going to do against and FCS school? Will the D be able to lock down Portland State's number 1 receiver? Will Shaq be able to play faster? What will the pass rush look like? How many sacks will Josh Shirley have?

Offense: Who exactly will be starting on the Oline? Will Price be running for his life against an FCS foe? Will the offense be able to put up some points? Will there be any more injuries to the already depleted offensive line? Can Keith Price play loose?

Miscellaneous: Can we catch a break? Is there such thing as a "torn ACL" epidemic? How long before the Huskies begin clearing the bench? How did vikings end up in Portland?

Injuries happen, losses happen, attrition happens ... but the band plays on. Don't let your brains explode, at the end of the day, there is still football.

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