Your letters they all say that you’re beside me now

Then why do I feel alone?

I’m standing on a ledge and your fine spider web

Is fastening my ankle to a stone.

Now so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began

For now I need your hidden love.

I’m cold as a new razor blade.

You left when I told you I was curious,

I never said that I was brave.

Oh so long, Marianne, it’s time that we began.

 –Leonard Cohen

Born: Sept. 21, 1934

Died: Nov. 10, 2016

 

No pick on UW\SC I see…thoughts?

Mike Jelline

@mikejelline

Wait…they playing this week?

Just kidding.

I’m struggling with this game in my mind because I’m mixing together so many teams and times of the season.

I can’t get this matchup straight in my head. That’s what many people don’t get about college football. Teams change dramatically from week to week.

USC is not the same team that got wiped out by Alabama.

Washington State is not the same team that lost to Eastern Washington.

Houston is not the same team that beat Oklahoma.

Oregon is not the same team since it went one-for-five on two-point tries in a three-point loss at Nebraska.

“When” and “where” is my answer to most matchup questions.

You can look at USC at Washington this week and draw some misleading conclusions.

USC got manhandled at Stanford on Sept. 17. Two weeks later, Stanford went to Washington and got wiped off the field. I mean…destroyed. The final score was 44-6.

So, shouldn’t Washington easily handle USC at home?

Not necessarily.

Max Browne started at quarterback against Stanford, not Sam Darnold. USC is a different team now.

Stanford also played USC after a bye week. The Cardinal was rested and ready.

Stanford played at Washington on a short week after a brutally physical win over UCLA. Christian McCaffrey suffered an injury against USC that lingered for weeks. He was not the same player…but he looks like McCaffrey now!

These things ALL matter.

USC is different now. The Trojans have won five straight with Darnold emerging as a young superstar who has rescued a team on the brink of collapse after a 1-3 start.

So how does that translate into Saturday night in Seattle? The rest of this article is available to subscribers only – to become a subscriber click here.