Meet the Country's Most Statistically Amazing Group – The U…
College of Washington football followers arrived up on the shorter conclusion of the stick Saturday (10-13-07) when the Arizona State Sunlight Devils blew into Seattle and extended their successful streak to 7 with a 44-20 2nd 50 % victory. The Solar Devils outscored Washington in the 3rd quarter 21- and in the 2nd 50 percent 31-3, and it is a great factor for the reason that if the recreation had finished at the 50 %, Washington would have won 17-13.
Therein lies the problem of the youthful, inexperienced Washington Huskies: they performed a awful 3rd quarter and have not however uncovered how to earn video games.
This statistic would not imply a lot apart from you know that:
Washington led then No. 10-ranked Ohio Point out 7-3 at the half and lost 33-14 in its 3rd game. It was tied with then No. 27-rated UCLA 10-10 at the 50 percent and lost 44-31 in its 4th sport.
Washington led then No. 1-rated Southern Cal 17-14 at the fifty percent and lost 27-24 in its 5th game. They led then. 12-ranked Arizona Point out 17-13 at the half and misplaced 44-20 in its 6th video game.
You superior consider that Solar Devil Coach Dennis Erickson was much more than perspiring bullets following looking at redshirt freshman quarterback Jake Locker scamper for a 32-garden touchdown operate with 4:11 to go in the 1st fifty percent, providing Washington its 17-13 lead.
Do Husky supporters know that if each and every of these online games ended at the 50 %, Washington's file would be 5–1 instead than 2-4? Washington would have an unbeaten document after sprucing off Syracuse 42-12 in an absent activity and upsetting then. 22-rated Boise Condition 24-10 in its first two games.
Be sure to, do not be sophomoric (as in occasionally moronic) and remind me that a video game lasts 60 minutes and only the final score counts. To do so would overlook the issue I am producing. You could with fairness make the place that the Huskies have been tripping in excess of by themselves coming out of the locker place to start off the next 50 % of their very last 4 video games.
Why this has been leaving trains Coach Ty Willingham clueless. He is quoted in the Tacoma Information Tribune (10-14-07 edition) as stating, “It's of course a difficult thing to talk about mainly because I do not have a resolution to it.”
Willingham, a gentleman of heretofore not possible benchmarks and integrity, is also straightforward. A lot less than 1% of all faculty soccer coaches would not publicly repeat Willingham's admission.
Just one point is for sure: No matter what Willingham and his coaching workers customers are at halftime, it is not working value a crap and wants to be changed.
Do not notify me that the exact Husky gamers who could engage in previously mentioned their head with guts and enthusiasm in the initial 50 percent go brain lifeless and uncertain for the duration of the 2nd half. I would like to be a bee on the wall in Washington's locker space at halftime and see what-if any-stinging comments are manufactured. As a accredited Monday morning quarterback and coach, this would be the 1st words and phrases out of my mouth at halftime for the duration of the Arizona State activity:
“Permit me be the to start with to congratulate you on a phenomenal initial 50 percent.” Arizona State designed some blunders in the 1st 50 percent and we did too, but you are leading the unbeaten and No. 12-ranked crew in the place at halftime, 13.
“Some persons would say that the Sunshine Devils have far more talent on their team than we do, but we direct at the half, 17-13.
“Other people would say that the Sunshine Devils have an unbeaten file and our document is 2-3, but we lead at the fifty percent, 17-13.
“Even now others would say that the Solar Devils are ranked No. 12 in the nation and considering that we are not ranked in the Top 25, they will acquire this recreation, but we lead at the half, 17-13.
“Now, we are likely to promptly hand everybody a slip of paper and a pen, and by key ballot I want you to immediately produce down which participant you believe is the leader of this crew.”
Following the balloons are immediately gathered and Jake Locker's identify is on each individual ballot or pretty much every ballot, I would say this:
“Jake, you may perhaps be a redshirt freshman but your teammates think you are the leader of the Washington Husky soccer workforce.
“I want you, Jake, to get up suitable now and convey to the coaching workers and your fellow groups why we can gain the 2nd half of this video game, how we are going to do it, and what it will choose to do it.”
I would then, as the head mentor, sit down, shut up and listen. Right after Jake is done with whatsoever he says, I would check with any other player who gained a vote as the team chief to get up and do the exact same thing.
Enable the gamers convince by themselves and imagine they can do in the next half what they did in the very first fifty percent: outscore the opponent. Do that and Washington upsets its opponent.
Now, why is Washington the country's most statistically incredible group?
1) The Huskies are rated No. 1. 41 in the Sagarin Scores.
2) Their latest report is 2-4.
3) They are rated No. 2. 1 for getting played for the fourth consecutive 7 days-the toughest schedule amongst all 242 Division IA and 1-AA teams.
4) There is not a further staff among Sagarin's initial 40 rated teams with fewer than 4 wins.
5) The up coming maximum rated Sagarin group with only 2 wins is No. 2. 60 North Carolina at 2-5.
6) The Huskies, as Sagarin's 41st finest rated staff in the nation, are ahead of No. 1. 42 Alabama (5-2), No. 44 Wisconsin (5-2 and rated No. 5 in the AP Poll just two weeks back), No. 46 Louisville (4-3), No. 1. 48 Texas A & M (5-2), No. 51 Air Drive (5-2), and No. 52 Indiana (5-2). Not much too shabby, as the previous Opera Man (Adam Sandler) would say on Saturday Night time Live.
7) The highest rated team with the exact same 2-4 record as Washington is Stanford at No. 1. 68. Stanford has played the 4th hardest schedule in the country.
8) North Carolina, which has a 2-5 document, is rated No. 2. 60. The Tar Heels have performed the 3rd hardest plan by university football's 7 days 7.
I know, now you surprise who has performed the 2nd toughest timetable. It is 1-6 Notre Dame. I be expecting the Huskies to get rid of from Oregon (hopefully not by 53-7 like cross-condition rival Washington State) and California. I preceded this two weeks in the past on Oct 3.
I also predicted on Oct 3 that Washington would beat (in order) Arizona, Stanford, Oregon State, Washington State and Hawaii, finishing the year at 7-6. Dangle on, Husky lovers, the best is however to come.
Copyright © 2007 Ed Bagley