There's only one way to describe my predictions this weekend: Ugly.
We start by putting a positive spin on this otherwise forgettable weekend.
The Seahawks scored just three points. Fortunately, it should put to rest any idea of a quarterback controversy between Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst.
Whitehurst had the perfect opportunity to stake his claim to the No. 1 job, but he failed. The Seahawks gained only 137 yards and Whitehurst completed 12 of 30 passes.
The offense was inept and even failed to score a touchdown from the two-yard line.
The few remaining Whitehurst supporters will argue that one game isn't a large enough sample, but that's the reality of being a backup QB — your chances are limited and, barring any lingering injury issues with T-Jack, today was as good as Whitehurst is going to get.
Meanwhile, the Huskies, at least according to coach Steve Sarkisian, continue to climb that mountain. But after a 65-21 loss to Stanford, some Husky fans feel like they are falling down a mountain.
I disagree. Put it in perspective. Since the Dawgs lost to the third best team in America, they learned a great deal about how far they still have to go to reach the summit and they’re still trending up.
Of course, three weeks ago, I called for Huskies defensive coordinator Nick Holt to be fired and have since taken some heat.
All I'm going to continue to say is that my feelings never changed and "time always tells."
The Stanford game exposed what we've seen from this defense more often than not. If no significant defensive improvements are made against other top tier opponents — or even capable offensive schools like Arizona — it's an issue that will clearly need to be addressed.
Then there's the Cougs. The positive here is that we don't have to wonder whether or not Paul Wulff will still be head coach next year — by all intents and purposes, he won't.
Look at the game from the perspective of athletic director Bill Moos. He spent the entire week in Seattle, schmoozing with local donors and supporters, only to have his school lay an egg in a very winnable game. That's embarrassing in and of itself, but Wulff’s job has relied on the Cougs finally getting back to a bowl this year and a loss to Oregon State all but sealed their fate — and Wulff's as well.
Lastly, while I praise Bill Moos for the job he's doing, I do believe he's missing the boat with an annual conference game at CenturyLink Field.
There's a place for a Seattle game every year, it shouldn’t be against a Pac-12 opponent. A big advantage of a Washington State home game is forcing other schools to make the trek to Pullman and play in front of a rowdy crowd at Martin Stadium.
By holding the Oregon or Oregon State game in Seattle, it makes the travel and environment substantially easier for the Ducks or Beavs and the Cougs lose that true advantage.
It's a shame Moos is set on hosting the Oregon schools in Seattle. I hope he realized his mistake last night.
So what do you think? Is there still any reason for a Seahawks QB controversy? Should Nick Holt be fired? Should the Cougs reconsider a conference game in Seattle?
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