Last night's Oregon game began at 6pm. My show ended right around then. By the time I arrived home the Ducks had jumped to an 11-3 lead. On a few occasions the Cougs would cut it down to 5 or 6. I'd say my mindset was "it's coming" until a Joevan Catron jumper doubled up WSU 51-25 with just under 13 minutes left in the game. At that point I realized this thing was over. That sloppy drought we've seen from Oregon most of this season never came. This Wazzou team just beat the Pac 10 leading Huskies last weekend. This was the most substantial victory for the program since taking down UNLV in the Sweet 16 of the 2007 Big Dance. Certainly the win at Stanford to end that quarter century drought was sweet, but the Cardinal are not that good, this Washington State team might still qualify for the post season. Dynomite performance from Catron with 17 pints, 9 boards and 3 assists. Really showed the way from the opening gun. Excellent job on the glass by everyone as they just outworked the Cougs and won the rebound battle easily 36-28. The defense did a heck of a job on Klay Thompson who scored 10 points below his 22 point season average and was forced into 6 turnovers. Suddenly at 4 & 6 in the Pac 10, they're tied with Stanford, USC and the Beavs for 6th place but just a game behind Washington State. Looking forward to a possible encore at the Matt tomorrow versus them Dawgs at 1pm.
How about UW losing pretty big in Corvallis? This was another case of the presumed superior team never making that run most anticipated. This one came out of nowhere. OSU's season had fallen into apparent disrepair with a 3 game losing streak having dumped 6 of their last 7. First victory for the Beavs over a ranked team since beating Arizona just over 5 years ago.
As for the Super Bowl. Doing the minds eye thing. I think it comes down to the Pittsburg defense. Looks like their center Pouncey will not go so the offense will struggle at times against an excellent Green Bay defense. Look for the Steeler "D" to shoulder the burden. I really like Aaron Rodgers and a prime reason is his ability to do damage when flushed out of the pocket. A huge counterpunch to that is quality linebacker play. No one performs better in that area. I like Pittsburg to add Lombardi Trophy #7 in a close game.