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December 2, 2006 at 10:03 AM

The final weekend

It’s the final weekend of the Pac-10 season, and if you remember, the original plan was for the Washington Huskies to still be playing on this day.
The Huskies had come to an agreement to play at Hawaii on this day before UW coach Tyrone Willingham decided he didn’t want the game. Willingham’s stated reason at the time was that he expected the Huskies to be playing a 13th game anyway, so they wouldn’t need the game — teams that make the trip to Hawaii are allowed to play an extra game, a rule originally put in as an inducement to get teams to make the long journey.
When the Huskies bowed out, Oregon State eagerly took the game and will play Hawaii on national TV tonight.
As we know, UW doesn’t have a 13th game, and Willingham admitted after the season if he’d known how it all was going to turn out, he might have decided to keep the game.
Keep it in mind, then, as you watch Oregon State play at Hawaii tonight that that could have been the Huskies. It certainly would have been fun for a lot of us to go over there (the plan was also to work in a basketball game against Hawaii, as well, to make it a football-basketball doubleheader weekend).
But I don’t know how much fun the game would have been for the players. Hawaii is a good team, maybe one of the most underrated in the country, and my pick for tonight is for the Warriors to beat Oregon State 41-31.
Hawaii has a great quarterback in Colt Brennan (here are his stats, an amazing 51 touchdowns against nine interceptions) who I haven’t seen much of this season, so I’m looking forward to finally getting a change to see him play.
I think he’s going to be too much for an OSU team that seems due for a letdown after a fast finish to the season that has already assured a spot in the Sun Bowl no matter what happens tonight.
I enter the weekend 46-18 on my picks for the year.
Here are my other selections today:
USC 45, UCLA 17 — I’m not buying all this sudden talk that the Bruins can make it a game today. I think USC is vastly improved from mid-season, in part due to getting healthy and in part due to the maturation of its young players. UCLA will try hard, but I don’t think the Bruins have near the overall ability to stay with the Trojans for long, especially with a national title berth on the line for USC.
Cal 41, Stanford 10 — The Big Game is mostly turning into the Big Question Mark as everyone wonders if this will be Walt Harris’ last game with the Cardinal. Few doubt the result today and I can’t think of any way the Cardinal wins today —- Stanford remains one of the worst teams in recent Pac-10 history despite its win here three weeks ago, which will always be one of the most confounding games in Husky history. Here’s a story that provides a good overview of the situation swirling around Harris today. Seems hard to believe they’d fire Harris after two years, but also shows how serious Stanford may be about getting football back on track, especially with a shiny, new stadium that needs filling. UW plays there next Nov. 3.

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