If you readers are at all like me, many of you consider yourself fairly big-time college football fans (as do I). Seeing as I grew up in the NY metropolitan area, I don’t really follow one particular team (except Colorado, story for another day). But, rather, I pride myself on being fairly up-to-speed with most of what’s going on ’round the nation. Which brings us all around and back to Wazzu.
With above as context, I was aware the Cougars dropped a heartbreaker to the men of Troy this past Saturday by a count of 69-0. It’s a memorable score no matter how you slice it, and it’s received quite a few little snarky comments from folks in the booth over the course of the day/evening. What I wasn’t aware of just how par-for-the-course was this particular beatdown. Not to pile on any big Wazzu supporters, but mercy, mercy me.
Here is a little murder-by-numbers Wazzu-style for thee uninitiated. Read at your own risk.
1 The number of wins the Washington St. Cougars have managed to amass this 2008 season. For anyone curious, it was a trouncing of non-D1 Portland St. (I still can’t get with this Championship Subdivision nonsense)
4 Losses in which the Cougars have surrendered more than 60 points. We feel bad doing it, but shall we? Cal by a 66-3 margin in Pullman. The Ducks throwing up a 63-spot on Wazzu, also on the Cougars home field (final score: 63-14). Oregon St. Beavers 66, Washington St. Cougars 13. And, most recently, the 69-0 shutout home loss to USC. Give us a second to absorb all of that…wow.
7 Losses for the season
11 A fairly realistic estimate of total number of losses at the conclusion of the season
19 Touchdowns surrendered by WSU in their last two games. Read that again. Seriously. Powerful stuff.
44 The average margin of defeat for Wazzu, if you exclude their win over PSU (that would be the Vikings, not the Nittany Lions)
53 The average number of points the Cougars have surrendered per game, sans Portland St.
80 A number well within reach for Arizona, the ninth-ranked offense in the country, when they take on WSU in two weeks
119 Cougars team defense ranking – out of 120 Bowl Subdivision teams. Curiosity’s killing ya, huh? That would be North Texas (who, by the way, gave up an impressive 77-spot to Rice a few weeks back)
1,000 Years that it must feel like for Wazzu faithful since this seemed plausible
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