Baylor Will Crush The Dawgs In San Antonio

When I heard the news last night that Washington will face Baylor in the Alamo Bowl, I thought to myself: “Man, I can’t wait for Dec. 29 to get here.”

I’m going to start marking off the days on my Cougar calendar, the one with Kevin Lopina as poster boy for the month of December. Today it’s 24 days ‘til the Bears crush the Huskies. Tomorrow, I’ll X off another day and tell myself that it’s 23 days ‘til the Bears crush the Huskies.

I’m made a mental note to make sure that I record the game. I say to myself: “Self, don’t forget to tape the Alamo Bowl. You want to make sure you have that one in your “My Recordings” file so you can watch it over and over again. It’s bound to feature Robert Griffin III completing one pass after another against the dependably defenseless Dawgs.”

I didn’t think anything could match the excitement of Mike Leach coming to Pullman, and this doesn’t – but the fact that Washington drew Baylor in the Alamo Bowl comes pretty close. For Coug fans, this is the biggest must-see TV of the bowl season. Forget LSU-Alabama in the national championship game and Oregon-Wisconsin in the Rose Bowl – the Alamo Bowl will be a lot more fun.

Seahawks’ fans will want to tune in too – Griffin is the type of quarterback that Pete Carroll is looking for, a mobile guy with a strong arm.

I haven’t seen him that much, but I’ve certainly heard about him – Griffin is mentioned in the tier of highly rated quarterbacks in next year’s NFL draft that is just below Andrew Luck. With a late-season surge, Griffin could be the second QB picked, ahead of Matt Barkley and Landry Jones. (By the way, I saw Jones in the Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game Saturday night and was not impressed.)

In the game that I saw Griffin
– Baylor vs. Oklahoma – he made a sensational throw, rolling to his left and throwing to his right, way downfield, having the arm strength to find his receiver in the end zone between two Sooner defenders. That was the game-winning touchdown in a 45-38 win for Baylor.

Griffin will have his way with Nick Holt’s defense. I know, that goes without saying – everyone has his way with Nick Holt’s defense. Obviously, I can’t wait for that. But even more than the game, I can’t wait for the post-game fallout with all of the complaining and griping and moaning about Holt and his defense and what should be done about it.

Should Holt be fired? Will Holt be fired? Will Coach Sark can his buddy? Will Coach Sark stick by his buddy’s side?

Then again, I suppose there is a supermodel of a slim chance that Holt’s defense somehow plays kind-of OK, the Huskies win in a shootout, and Holt justifies 1/16th of that ridiculous contract of his.

I’ve been criticized left and right by a Facebooker for my continual venom toward the Huskies. But correct me if I’m wrong – I’m a Coug. The Huskies are our rivals. When you’re a Coug, you don’t want your rival to win. When you’re a Coug, you want your rival to lose and, preferably, lose big.

If I were a Husky fan, I’d be mocking the bejeezus out of the Cougs. We’re highly mockable these days with our 9-40 record the last four years. I’d hope that Mike Leach lands on his sword in the Palouse.

That’s fine, completely understandable. I don’t want you to want us to win.

If I were you – and some of you have – I’d point out that Baylor’s defense is worse than Washington’s, and that Keith Price and Chris Polk and Co. should have their way with the Bears too. I would have to agree with you, and I know you’re right, but I still find it hard to believe that anyone’s defense could be worse than Holt’s, but I guess Baylor’s is.

With all of that said, here’s the number I’m hoping for in the Alamo Bowl:

70. That’s right, 70! One more time: 70!!!!!!

I want to see Baylor score 70 points in the Alamo Bowl. Ten touchdowns, five in each half, resulting in symmetrically perfect domination in San Antonio.

34 Comments

  1. Can not wait for another dawgie beatdown on 12/29! UW is already 0-4 this season versus ‘quality’ oppenents … Baylor and Griffin III will light them up, making it 0-5 and a dismal ending to their once promising season. Will be ordering my Baylor shirt online in just a bit – Go Bears!

    • Haha – WSU’s obsession with UW will just never end. I love it. Yes, Baylor will probably win, but it’s classic just having the WSU fans living to root against UW. The obsession is like no other in the country. You just got stomped for the 3rd time in a row and you’re still crying like a little baby. When was the last time WSU beat UW three times in a row? Oh yeah, that’s right…..NEVER! Bwhahahahaha! Ten wins in the last 14 Apple Cups for UW. The four losses by a total of 17 points against arguably the worst modern day Husky teams. Yet, WSU can’t beat UW during their “dynasty” of winning Holiday Bowls. Bwhahahahahah!!! Keep it up Jim and Lance, you’re obsessed! It must really suck to be a WSU fan. I can’t imagine!

  2. I guess when your own team doesn’t make a bowl (and hasn’t in a long, long time), all you can do is root against others who have…Pathetic, but typical.

  3. Must say as a rabid Dawg fan I love Moore’s Blogs on predicting the Dawgs demise, I can always count on the opposite happening; keep up the good work Jim. MJ

  4. Hey Jim, Lance……………….at least we’re going somewhere. And it turns out we’re the team they wanted. It’s not like we’re being sent there, the bowl picked us.

    Nothing wrong with San Antonio. And we’re going to go there with winning on our mind. That’s another thing you Cougs wouldn’t be familiar with. When you go to bowl games you go to win as evidenced last year rebounding against Nebraska.

    You gotta make the most of your chances. Like going to a Rose Bowl, THAT opportunity comes around once in a lifetime if you’re a Coug. So when you do get that chance, like you have twice in the last 15 years what do you do you get your a***ss handed to you. And then cry that there’s two seconds left on the clock. Cry babies, all of you.

    The difference, you guys are happy to just go, we’re happy only when we win.

    Lance, what Safeway store you gonna be outside of pan-handling for that Bayor shirt?

  5. Yeah said the same thing about Nebraska last year, and that happened right? Baylor defense is just as bad so it will be a shootout. I think UW can pull it off.

    Also I don’t blame you for always rooting against WSU that what happens with arch rivals, you know who I cheered for in the 98 Rose Bowl? Michigan.

  6. coug idiots /

    The difference between a coug and a husky is that huskies don’t waste their time even tuning into a coug game to root against them. The fact that you do this and openly admit it only shows the level of loserdom that cougs live in. The only reason Moore writes these articles is because he knows someone will actually read them if he writes about the huskies. You are a closet dawn fan Jim, come clean big boy. You have to be, its paid the bills for how many years now. You cougs make me laugh.

  7. Andy '70 /

    It just might be part of our DNA to root for two teams: the Cougs and whoever is playing the Huskies!

  8. Richard Raab /

    Thanks for the encouragement. I still have some hope that we can replicate the Holiday Bowl of last year.

    PS; I think it is great that WSU hired Mike Leach, I think he will get WSU back where they belong and make everything more exciting in Wash. By the way, the Huskies have a defencive coordinater you can have cheap! :-)

    Regards, Old Husky

  9. Jim,
    I’m one of the rare Huskies that enjoys reading your column and the relentless jabs at the Huskies. But I disagree on one key point. As I have written to you before, most Huskies root for the Cougs when they’ve not playing Washington or when the outcome of the game doesn’t affect Washington. They’re a state team, loaded with local boys and most Dawg fans want to see them do well. No one in the last 30years, has been able to give me a reasonable explanation why the opposite is not true. Why are Cougs intent on seeing the Dawgs having their nose rubbed in the AstroTurf. Why do they rejoice in a rival’s misery. I’d like to see you write a column explaining this phenomenon. David

  10. Patrick /

    Oh…….to be Cougar fan, how pathetic!

  11. Nice comments about Holt, Jim. By the way, how did your COUGS do vs Holt’s D in the Apple Cup? I guess if everyone has their way with the UW D – then COUGS must be no one.
    What a classless homer you truly are.

  12. Lance, I think I missed reading it somewhere – which bowl are the Cougs headed to this year?

  13. The "Kasen Leap" /

    You Cougs must live a great life by being jealous of UW.

    Hey Jim…..I remember our defense controlling your sorry team two weeks ago.

    What Bowl game are you guys in Jim? Oh I forget. The smoking a bowl football bowl hosted by Klay Thompson and Reggie Moore.

    You appear so WEAK when you criticize UW because all it brings out is that you are a jealous little 2 year old that wishes you had what UW has. Cougs will always suck.

    Now you can be known as the Wazzu Bu@t Pirates.

    Keeping it Real.

    GO DAWGS

  14. dawgman /

    Jim when your wrong again this year will you just end it? or at least retire?

  15. Don the Z-man /

    Hey Jim:
    That’s why this game is being played on Dec 29th Jim: it will be too late to get what you want for Christmas! Hey, the monumental win over WSU in that last game was just the momentum UW needs going into this bowl game! You know, with WSU being such a power house and bowl bound and everything. ( Oh wait – WSU is not going to a bowl! Sorry, I forgot). UW just needs to use the actual OSU game plan: pound Polk, throw to Polk (cause our receivers cannot catch a cold!), pound Polk, etc, all the way to the end zone and keep RGIII off the field! UW is going to party like it’s 1979! Go Dawgs!

  16. Hey Lance how are your Cougs against quality opponents lol. I am a husky but I have love for the G2G. Keep it coming Jim

  17. Joe Papermaker /

    Ah, the power of the pen. Just as exciting as gasoline and way safer, gotta love JM for never letting the crust dry.

  18. Dawgs 4 Life /

    You’re why I hate Coug fans. Go Dawgs!

  19. brazendawg /

    makes my day knowing cougs can still have a bowl game to care about. and so much anger for us dawgs. im from ferndale, wa. and we root for cougs also when not affecting dawgs. lotta kids we care about are cougs. (1 being Casey Locker) coug fans need to get some pride and just worry about your program.

  20. This article is the karma we need to go down and punch Baylor in their own back yard.

    Google the Go2Guy and review his predictions. They’re laughable!!

  21. Wow … you Husky fans are pathetic. If you don’t like Jim’s articles, why do you read them?? Insecure, or something else? Get a life ~

  22. Right on Jim … non-Husky fans in the Northwest always enjoy the dawgies getting trounced. It’s well known that UW has the most arrogant and apathetic fans in the now Pac-12, so anytime they can be humbled when their team is embarrassed on national TV makes life that more enjoyable. Nothing more pathetic than Husky fans who live in the past … times have changed and it’s called parity. UW’s time has come and gone, and it’s sad that dawgie fans don’t get it. So along with Go Ducks, Go Cougs and Go Beavs I add … Go Bears!

  23. el cougarino /

    Hey, husky fans, it’s not that we’re jealous of you or wish you ill in your games.. We Cougs just get very tired of the crap talk from a program that has reached a level of SUCK in the past few years and fails to acknowledge it… You still talk your garbage like 1991 never ended and 2008 never happened… You feel like you’re somehow entitled to something based on your past and tradition…. Good luck with that going forward…

  24. Go Dawgs /

    Bill, Bill, Bill… Why are you such a coug… Saying Washington has both the most arrogant and apathetic fans? How ignorant are you? Let me define apathetic for you… Having an average home attendance of 24,000 fans. And your final home game only 16,000 tickets were sold. Now that is apathy! The cougs had 15,000 less fans on average than any other Pac 12 team. They averaged less than 1/2 the stadium attendance of all but one other team in the Pac 12. Colorado even had more fans attending games than the cougs. I know there is a lot to do in Pullman/Moscow/Albion so there were tons of excuses for not going to the games. But before you start name calling check your facts and realize what apathy really is… not caring about your own team… hmmm sounds like you can’t even get 24,000 people to care about the cougs. Bill says: “Times have changed and it is called parity, it’s sad dawgie fans don’t get it”… lol, 9-40… that’s parity. cmon Bill, maybe the cougs moving to the mountain west or WAC would allow the cougs to have “parity”… go Dawgs

    • Sorry, didn’t get your name … hiding behind a slogan, huh? Weak … FYI, I am a USC alumn living now in the Northwest. I’ve only been here 12 years, but living amongst varied UW, WSU, UO & OSU fans have shown me that Husky fans are easily the most arrogant of all. Constant references to ’91 and irrelevant trash talk on all levels only proves my point. If you can’t or don’t understand why your team and program are hated by your three neighbors, then once again … you don’t get it. I guess living in the past and having your program passed up by Oregon and soon to be WSU with Leach would create apathy. Hang in there though … maybe your softball team can win you another title

      • Law Dawg /

        I think it’s hilarious you, a USC alum of all people, can call a Husky fan arrogant. Pot to kettle: you’re black.

  25. Robbie /

    Well, when you only have 12 winning seasons in 43 years, I can understand the hatred for UW and their bowl games. Being a Coug means being miserable and watching the Huskies in December/January. Jealousy is a stinky cologne, Jim.

  26. I Bleed Purple /

    Bill,
    Regardless of which team the readers of this blog root for, one thing we all have in common is one very core perspective: anything coming out of Eugene is absolutely putrid. I’m more than happy cheering on the Coug football team on any other day than the Apple Cup but after my last two trips to Eugene to watch the Dawgs play in that cesspool of spit, profanity, piss and vomit I’d rather bareback a Coug cheerleader than have to listen to the incessant whining for attention of a Duck.

  27. Law Dawg /

    Go Dawgs,

    I’m not even sure I’d call WSU switching to the Mountain West or the WAC “parity.”

    In the past 6 years (dating back to 2006), the Cougs have split games with MWC middle-weight San Diego State, losing this year (when SDSU went 8-4, I believe), and winning in ’07 (when SDSU was 4-8). The MWC also has (had) Boise State and TCU (both of which would handle the cougs EASILY), as well as Wyoming and Air Force, each teams that finished with winning records this year and would probably beat the Cougs.

    The Cougs have also split games with Conference USA’s SMU (mentioning this since Conf USA and MWC and joining together). They lost to SMU in 2010 (I think SMU was 7-7, while that same year, other CUSA teams included 10-3 Tulsa, 11-3 UCF and 8-5 So Miss, all of whom would have beaten the Cougs). They beat SMU in 2009 (perhaps the only respectable victory, considering SMU finished 8-5 that year), but 2009 also saw Houston finish 10-4, UCF 8-5, and ECU 9-5 (all of whom would also have beaten the Cougs).

    They haven’t done much better against the WAC either, losing twice to Hawaii in the past few years (including 2009, when Hawaii was 6-7). They did beat bottom-feeding Idaho twice (who doesn’t beat Idaho?), but would have lost to teams like Fresno State and probably Nevada, and WAC-affiliated BYU, as well.

    However, going back to 2006 for the Dawgs (even including 2008), UW is 5-2 v. MWC and WAC opponents, beating Hawaii this year, Idaho in 2009, #20 Boise State in 2007, and both San Jose State and Fresno State in 2006, and losing to BYU twice (in 2010 and to #15 BYU in 2008 because of the penalty on Locker). They managed that, all the while playing more difficult non-c0nference schedules (with the exception of maybe, just maybe, this year) against teams like Oklahoma, Ohio State, LSU, Boise State, Nebraska, Syracuse, etc.

    GO DAWGS

  28. Go Dawgs /

    Bill, yes we look to our past… It’s not like I can say that wait until next year we will have this new coach and be 12-0. Oh wait, that’s what a coug fan does. So here it is. We won this year 7 games. We lost 6. That’s better than the cougs. The Huskies beat the Cougs. Huskies are better than the cougs. Have been for 3 years. oops slipped back into the past again. my arrogent error. Yes we have had past glories, and we get to relish those victories, but some of us are fully aware that the last decade was one of the worst since oh the 65-75 era. Those fans that discuss the glory days like to relive that time. I’m sure that WSU fans would love to be able to say that they had a decade of excellence or two or three… but they can’t. So just because we have bravado and speak of our excellence doesn’t make us arrogant, it is simply stating facts. I live in Ohio…. and get to hear all about the Ohio State U history. Are they arrogant? No… they are simply reveling in the fact that they have a great program that has historically been a champion.
    I spent 4 years attending WSU in grad school (after 4 at UW in undergrad). Attended every game there during those years (heck I’m a football fan and got to see some pretty good coug teams during those years–and yes this DAWG Fan admits the cougs can have good teams=they just don’t have one now). And every year all I heard all year long was next year WSU is going to crush you… It was always the refs fault that UW won the previous year. Always an excuse… Maybe I should say that all coug fans are cry babies. That’s all they do is bemoan the fact that they are so bad. Except when they did win, holy crud were they arrogant… wow, I would here how they were the best thing since sliced bread and would always be that way.
    I choose to live in the present and the past. I don’t have to lie to myself that next year we are going to be 12-0 and beat the huskies, lol… I’ve heard plenty of that in the past.
    And in my travels to many a foreign stadium with the huskies: Worst fans–Ohio State>Oregon>WSU. Jealousy rage on… and if you care… best fans–Nebraska. Can’t wait to go to LSU next year. That will be a fun game.
    Greg…

  29. I’m not impressed by Huskies’ claim that “we always root for the Cougs except in the Apple Cup.” You “root” for the Cougs in the same paternalist way Oregon players patted us on the back this year saying “you guys have really improved.” It may be getting better, but Cougar football has been garbage since the mid-2000s. When your rival isn’t much of a threat, it’s easy to talk in abstractions about “wishing [us] the best” and all that.

    But, as evidenced by Oregon’s ascendance and UW’s simultaneous descent-cum-languishing, it’s not so easy to condescend when your rival opens up a can on you year after year. I just watched Oregon win the first ever PAC-12 conference title game with some Husky pals (fairly recent grads), and their win inspired one of them to launch into a verbally incontinent, spittle-flecked tirade about the meaninglessness of the game and how everything about Oregon is just utterly irredeemable: its academics, the state’s business climate, its players, Nike, Phil Knight, the Jews, Skull & Bones… okay, I exaggerate there at the end but Oregon’s decade of dominance drives my Husky pals absolutely apoplectic.

    Here’s to Leach turning things around in Pullman so we can stop hearing the condescending, sanctimonious self-preening about how they “root for the Cougs,” and *start* hearing more about what an irredeemable place WSU is. When Huskies are as deranged about Cougars as they are about Ducks, that’s how we’ll know we’re improving. At that point, get ready for more reminders about the half-championship in 1991, and assurances that Don James is still being carried out of Montlake on students’ shoulders every Saturday. The only place the Mutts spend more time in than Montlake is THE PAST.

    P.S. As a WSU undergrad and a Georgia postgrad, REAL DAWGS WEAR RED AND BLACK.

  30. I’m not impressed by Huskies’ claim that “we always root for the Cougs except in the Apple Cup.” You “root” for the Cougs in the same paternalist way Oregon players patted us on the back this year saying “you guys have really improved.” It may be getting better, but Cougar football has been garbage since the mid-2000s. When your rival isn’t much of a threat, it’s easy to talk in abstractions about “wishing [us] the best” and all that.

    But, as evidenced by Oregon’s ascendance and UW’s simultaneous descent-cum-languishing, it’s not so easy to condescend when your rival opens up a can on you year after year. I just watched Oregon win the first ever PAC-12 conference title game with some Husky pals (fairly recent grads), and their win inspired one of them to launch into a verbally incontinent, spittle-flecked tirade about the meaninglessness of the game and how everything about Oregon is just utterly irredeemable: its academics, the state’s business climate, its players, Nike, Phil Knight, the Jews, Skull & Bones… okay, I exaggerate there at the end but Oregon’s decade of dominance drives my Husky pals absolutely apoplectic.

    Here’s to Leach turning things around in Pullman so we can stop hearing the condescending, sanctimonious self-preening about how they “root for the Cougs,” and *start* hearing more about what an irredeemable place WSU is. When Huskies are as deranged about Cougars as they are about Ducks, that’s how we’ll know we’re improving. At that point, get ready for more reminders about the half-championship in 1991, and assurances that Don James is still being carried out of Montlake on students’ shoulders every Saturday.

    The only place the Mutts spend more time in than Montlake is THE PAST.

    P.S. As a WSU undergrad and a Georgia postgrad, REAL DAWGS WEAR RED AND BLACK.

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