Much has been made of this week's matchup between the no-longer-horrible Washington Huskies and the best team money can buy, U$C Trojans, but I'm not buying it. Listen, I watched the Trojans barely escape the Horseshoe against a capable Ohio State team, but that was not a great Ohio State team and they really shot themselves in the foot for the most part. Terrelle Pryor is not a pocket QB, and forcing him to be one is just going to exacerbate his inaccuracy as a passer. I understand that Matt Barkley's performance on the final drive was impressive, but up until then he looked just like another QB trying to figure out what to do. I'm not buying all the hype around this guy...yet; plus, he may not even be the starter anymore after Pete Carroll's decision was leaked earlier today that Aaron Corp is getting the start on Saturday against the Huskies. I know we live in an era of extremely short memories, but let's not forget that Corp beat Barkley for the starting job in the spring, only to lose it after cracking his fibula. Corp may be a bit rusty as he's been out for a few weeks recovering and has yet to play a game this season, but he's talented and much more mobile than Barkley. I'm looking at this as a bad thing for Washington, as Corp will come out guns-a-blazin' and try to remind everyone why he was a Parade All-American and the guy at QB for the Trojans. Plus, Washington's defense isn't exactly scaring anybody after allowing 349 yards through the air to the "vaunted" Idaho Vandals.
The hype surrounding this game is media generated, as always, due to the fact that Washington is now led by former Trojan offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian and their defense is run by former Trojan D-coordinator Nick Holt. Add a healthy Jake Locker to the mix, and the offense seems to be able to put up points. The Huskies may have some success with Jake Locker using his legs and hitting some open receivers, but the defense will get shredded by U$C's stable of running backs led by Joe McKnight and Corp should find little resistance in the Huskies' secondary. Before putting Washington on blast, let's give credit where credit is due; the Huskies are a much better team than last year after giving LSU a run for their money in the opener and finally winning a game last week against Idaho. However, this is still U$C and Washington, so don't expect any headlines to come from this game on Saturday.
U$C is a talented football team, they just look a little more vulnerable than usual. Is Washington going to be the team to take advantage of that? No effin' way.