Tuesday, October 08, 2002

I got half of my upsets right, at least. CAL had come close to upsetting Washington in each of the last four years, only to fall short at the end, keeping a losing streak going that had dated back to 1976. On Saturday, Jeff Tedford was able to take the Bears where Roger Theder, Joe Kapp, Bruce Snyder, Keith Gilbertson, Steve Mariucci, and Tom Holmoe couldn't as CAL beat UDub, 34-27, in Seattle. It says something about the recent history of the program that this was the first time CAL had ever beaten two teams ranked in the Top 15 on the road in the same season; in fact, CAL's victory at East Lansing three weeks ago was the first time they had beaten a ranked non-conference opponent anywhere since 1974.

The only other thing worthy of note from a completely uninvolving weekend of college football was the fact that Texas and Oklahoma, which meet up this Saturday, are simply not credible national championship contenders. It's one thing for the Sooners to struggle against the Missouri Tigers on the road before eking out a win, but it's quite another for Texas to almost lose, at home, to an Oklahoma State that was routed two weeks earlier in Stillwater by UCLA.

And yeah, I admit that Eli Manning may not be as overrated as some of the other quarterbacks in his family.


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