It’s not often that Husky fans get to enjoy two games with high stakes over the season’s first three weeks. That one of them is a conference game makes it all the more interesting. Thus, it isn’t terribly surprising that Husky fans are feeling mid-season tension despite the lingering of the last few days of summer weather and backyard barbecues.
One of the consequences of all this mid-season tension is that Husky fans have already begun to eat their own as a compulsory defense mechanism. We’ve got debates ranging across the entire purple landscape: quarterback controversy, inside linebacker controversy, offensive line controversy and pass rush controversy. There have even been a few peeps about whether or not Chris Petersen can win a big one. A loss in a game that most fans feel was played well and then a win in game that most feel wasn’t will do that to a fanbase.
That’s the bad news. The good news?
The good news is that there are other games to nosh on outside of Salt Lake City that matter to Dawg fans as they consider what’s good for their favorite program. We have the full schedule of game for this weekend below. Before we hit that, let’s review your weekend rooting guide.
#23 ASU at San Diego State
Root For: Arizona State
One of the gifts on our schedule in this young season, courtesy of Herm Edwards, is that ASU’s upset over Michigan State has given UW the ~potential~ opportunity to play a second (and, in this case, unexpected) top 25 team in the first month of the season. Of course, a derp here by the Sun Devils against the Aztecs could ruin that opportunity. Let’s all be rooting for a big ASU victory – one even more impressive than Stanford’s air assault against SDSU two weeks ago – just one week before the Sun Devils visit Husky Stadium.
#12 LSU at #7 Auburn
Root for: Auburn
One of the consequences of losing to Auburn in Week 1 is that UW fans are now incontrovertibly Auburn fans in every game that the Tigers play in for the remainder of the season. Obviously, a strong Auburn team bolsters the quality of the UW loss should that become a factor whenever the College Football Playoff committee begins its weekly ranking process.
I’m concerned that the Auburn Tigers may not have enough experienced manpower to overcome the LSU Tigers. Auburn is very young on offense and, as we saw in the kickoff game, having more problems with their offensive line than is ideal. Still, this game is at Auburn which spells good news for Gus Malzahn and crew.
BYU at #6 Wisconsin
Root for: BYU
This is an interesting road contest for a BYU team that will be playing the Huskies later this year. Obviously, a strong showing by BYU … even if they lose … could be a factor in boosting the impressiveness of a future UW win. An upset over the Badgers would be even better.
#1 Alabama at Ole Miss
Root for: Ole Miss
Don’t laugh. It could happen. ‘Bama hates road games. ‘Bama especially hates road games to Oxford.
The Rebels have scored an impressive 123 points in the first two weeks of the season. This offense can hum. Keep in mind that the Hugh Freeze scandal means that there is no post season for Ole Miss this year. This game is their bowl game by default. And don’t underestimate the motivational impact of that idea. I’m not saying that it is probable, but an upset here is possible.
#4 Ohio State at #15 TCU
Root for: Ohio State ?!?
The gut instinct here is to go for the Horned Frogs given that TCU sits behind UW in the rankings while Ohio State lies in front of it.
Not so fast my friends.
If we are thinking about making a case for UW in the CFP – and that is still a live opportunity – we need to consider the conference vs conference evaluation. The Auburn win over UW greatly increases the chances that the SEC will again send two teams to the Playoff which, in turn, greatly increases the odds that only one team from either the Big 12 or the PAC 12 will qualify.
My argument would be that UW’s playoff opportunity increases in likelihood if every Big 12 contender is saddled with two losses before they get to their conference championship. A loss against Ohio State would be a double win given that a loss by TCU here doesn’t equate to a win for another Big 12 contender.
#17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State
Root for: Boise State
Same story here.
Though I’m really having a hard time seeing the Broncos winning in this one, Husky fans would generally prefer Boise State hang another Big 12 title contender with a loss.
This situation is tricky as it could backfire on us. I’m of the opinion that we are getting closer and closer to the time when the CFP selection committee will feel the pressure to put a Group of Five team into the Playoff. Boise State won’t play another ranked team this year and could easily go undefeated given that their biggest threats after Okie State include Colorado State, San Diego State and BYU. Undefeated can be persuasive.
That said, I don’t truly believe that this is the year that the committee actually does go with an undefeated Group of Five. They made a big stink about the criteria for selection being about the “four best” teams when they put Alabama in last season. It would seem a direct contradiction of that argument to put in an undefeated Group of Five team with one Top 25 win ahead of a … say … one loss Power 5 conference champion with wins over four or five Top 25 teams.
Colorado State at Florida
Root for: Colorado State
There really isn’t anything at stake for UW in this game. Still, many of us are fans of KJ Carta-Samuels. With Kentucky’s win over the Gators from last week still fresh, an upset by the Rams here seems plausible. Should it happen, it would not only be fun to watch but it would bolster the resume of Colorado (ever so slightly) who could be a PAC 12 championship opponent to UW if the chips fall the right way.
#22 USC at Texas
Root for: Southern Cal
I know it’s hard. Chug that beer and swallow your pride. We want USC here. All the way.
Now you know who to root for on Saturday. The rest of this post is your gameday open thread. Enjoy football, Dawgs.
Friday Night Lights
|Georgia State at Memphis||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Georgia Southern at #2 Clemson||9:00 AM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|#5 Oklahoma at Iowa State||9:00 AM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|Kent State at #11 Penn State||9:00 AM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#21 Miami at Toledo||9:00 AM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Rhode Island at UConn||9:00 AM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Troy at Nebraska||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Hawai'i at Army||9:00 AM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Florida State at Syracuse||9:00 AM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Rutgers at Kansas||9:00 AM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Ball State at Indiana||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Temple at Maryland||9:00 AM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Murray State at Kentucky||9:00 AM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UTEP at Tennessee||9:00 AM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Georgia Tech at Pittsburgh||9:30 AM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Tulane at UAB||10:00 AM||None|
|UC Davis at #9 Stanford||11:00 AM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Vanderbilt at #8 Notre Dame||11:30 AM||NBC||NBCSports.com|
|Ohio at Virginia||12:00 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|BYU at #6 Wisconsin||12:30 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#12 LSU at #7 Auburn||12:30 PM||CBS||CBSSports.com|
|#17 Boise State at #24 Oklahoma State||12:30 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|SMU at #19 Michigan||12:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Miami (OH) at Minnesota||12:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Lehigh at Navy||12:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Central Michigan at Northern Illinois||12:30 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|South Florida at Illinois||12:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Duke at Baylor||12:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|UTSA at Kansas State||1:00 PM||FSN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Colorado State at Florida||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|North Texas at Arkansas||1:00 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Wofford at Wyoming||1:00 PM||None||TheMW.com|
|Eastern Kentucky at Bowling Green||1:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Houston at Texas Tech||1:15 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|San Jose State at #20 Oregon||2:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|New Hampshire at Colorado||2:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Idaho State at California||3:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|Bethune-Cookman at Florida Atlantic||3:00 PM||Stadium|
|Eastern Michigan at Buffalo||3:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|#1 Alabama at Ole Miss||4:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Texas State at South Alabama||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Arkansas State at Tulsa||4:00 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Alabama A&M at Cincinnati||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Delaware State at Western Michigan||4:00 PM||ESPN+||ESPN+|
|Oregon State at Nevada||4:00 PM||None||WatchESPN.com|
|Middle Tennessee at #3 Georgia||4:15 PM||ESPN2||WatchESPN.com|
|Louisiana at #16 Mississippi State||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UL Monroe at Texas A&M||4:30 PM||SEC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|Missouri at Purdue||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Northern Iowa at Iowa||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Western Kentucky at Louisville||4:30 PM||ACC Network||WatchESPN.com|
|UMass at Florida Intl||4:30 PM||beIN Sports||beINSports.com|
|Akron at Northwestern||4:30 PM||BTN||FoxSportsGo.com|
|#4 Ohio State at #15 TCU||5:00 PM||ABC||WatchESPN.com|
|#22 USC at Texas||5:00 PM||FOX||FoxSportsGo.com|
|New Mexico at New Mexico State||5:00 PM||Eleven Sports||Aggievision|
|Eastern Washington at Washington State||5:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|#10 Washington at Utah||7:00 PM||ESPN||WatchESPN.com|
|Prairie View at UNLV||7:00 PM||None||TheMW.com|
|#23 Arizona State at San Diego State||7:30 PM||CBSSN||CBSSports.com|
|Fresno State at UCLA||7:30 PM||FS1||FoxSportsGo.com|
|Southern Utah at Arizona||8:00 PM||Pac-12 Networks||Pac-12.com|
|#18 UCF at North Carolina||Canceled|
|East Carolina at #13 Virginia Tech||Canceled|
|#14 West Virginia at NC State||Canceled|
|Southern Mississippi at Appalachian State||Postponed|
|Norfolk State at Liberty||Postponed|
|Marshall at South Carolina||Cancelled|