So I'm not in sunny Southern California. Like you, I'm in sunny Spokane.
It's too nice a day to be inside watching football. Outside, yes, but in front of the TV, why?
Well I'm getting paid for it - as long as you have your computer on.
The first thing I'll say is the ESPN radio guys can sure blow things out of proportion. As I was driving home, they promoed their coverage on college game day, and the promo revolved around how an undefeated team was in big trouble.
They meant USC, and the Trojans were down by six. In the first half. After turning it over three times.
So they trail by six still early in the third quarter, but I wouldn't call it big trouble.
Well, USC just gave up a score and now trail by 13. Now the Trojans are in trouble.
Let's get into today's Cougar game. The first thing to watch for is how the Cougs play up front defensively. If the tackles they're playing can get a draw early, the defense will be alright. Then check and see who is playing in Tyron Brackenridge's corner spot. If Brian Williams (No. 28) is there, check out how his doing - if you can see it on TV. That will also be key for the defense.
Offensively for the Cougs, they will be facing one of the better run defenses in the nation (yielding 78.1 yards a game). If the Cougars can move the ball at least a little on the ground, they'll score points. If not, there will be too much pressure on Alex Brink.
OK, that's the early looks. We'll be back.