Well, as we saw last week, every dog has its day.
And, as we learned this week, so does every Duck.
The good news after watching Oregon CRUSH the Bears this afternoon is that tonight might actually be enjoyable to watch--at least in relation to what's gonna happen to us next week.
With that in mind, here are the three things I'm looking for early on tonight.
1) The Play of our Defensive Tackles. We all know that tonight is going to be a game that only diehards on both sides can watch. So, for us, the issue is how much improvement we've shown against elite competition. I'm looking to see how much ground our Hogs give up at the point of attack. And, I encourage you all to do the same--it may make the game easier to watch!
2) The Number of Seconds it Takes for Us to Get on the Screen. In games and seasons past, you could count til 3 or 4 before we'd even show up on the screen after USC caught the ball. Tonight, I'm looking to see if we can stay on camera for most the first quarter--if not the first half.
3) Wide Receiver Separation. We know that we're not going to be able to run the ball tonight--at least not initially. We also know that we will probably have a hard time throwing it too. What will be interesting is whether or not our WRs can get off the line. IF they do, and if Marshall can't find them, then we'll know its gonna be Tuel time. And THAT should be fun.
So, enjoy the game folks. Remember, as I said it the "Hope and Nope" preview, the goal here is 21 points--even if they get 80.
Lets hope we play without penalties, turnovers, and with lots of heart.
I'll take any outcome with those ingredients at play....