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September 22, 2006 at 8:40 AM

Friday’s picks – and more

Fresh off an undefeated Saturday — I was 8-0 on my picks last week — I may just decide to give this gig up and head to Vegas. In fact, I’m now 20-4 for the season.
On the other hand, considering one of my misses was Idaho over WSU — I was only wrong by, oh 1,080 points or so — maybe I’d better keep the day job.
So here are this week’s picks — though as always, I’ll save my UW selection for later.
Cal 35, ASU 21 — I think Cal’s a lot better than it looked against Tennessee, and I think Arizona State isn’t as good as it’s been touted. Rudy Carpenter just doesn’t look as sharp (Maybe he misses Derek Hagan).
WSU 38, Stanford 20 — The Cardinal is just a bad, bad team right now. UW’s only fear is that all Stanford’s young kids get so much playing time now that they are much improved by Nov. 11 when the Cardinal comes to Seattle.
USC 45, Arizona 17 — Huskies will be watching this one avidly with a trip to Tucson on the horizon. USC will surely remember that Arizona got a lot of mileage out of keeping it relatively close with the Trojans in LA a year ago before losing 42-21.
Oregon State 38, Idaho 21 — But if it’s much closer than this, the cries to bring Dennis Erickson back to Corvallis will ring that much louder. It’ll be interesting to watch how Matt Moore performs for OSU. I’ve got a hunch Sean Canfield might be OSU’s QB by the time OSU comes to Seattle on Oct. 14.
Also — To respond to a couple comments elsewhere.
Here’s specifically where I thought FSU gave up running Dwayne Wright too early. On FSU’s second drive of the third quarter, following the one where the Bulldogs tied it up at 14, Wright got five carries and gained 30 yards, the last one giving FSU a first down at the UW 45. Then, FSU threw an incomplete pass, gave the ball to the backup RB Lonyae Miller, then threw another incomplete pass. Then they punted, the one where the FSU guy batted it into the end zone by mistake.
Maybe Wright was hurt for a play or two since the backup came in — I never heard, and there was no mention of it in anything else I saw or read. But otherwise, that seemed a series where it made no sense to suddenly go away from him.
The person who said Wright was worn down has something of a point — he was held to 10 yards on four carries in the fourth quarter. On the other hand, his last two rushing attempts of the game were the 7-yarder where he carried half the UW defense to the 1-yard-line, then the TD he scored on the next play to make it 21-20. It didn’t look too worn down there.
As for the O-line, those of you who said you think UW coaches don’t feel confident playing the backups yet are on the right track. None of the backups have played a meaningful down of college football, and for now, I think the coaches feel the value they’d get in giving them some experience isn’t worth the hit they’d likely take in immediate performance.



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