This week, I have such a mixed feeling of hope and worry. I find myself getting edgy when people talk too highly of USC, because I don’t believe they have earned it yet. I also get too antsy when I feel myself putting them down to much because they are a good team, with good coaches and amazing talent. I cross the line in terms of Beaver Belief where I am making statements based on hope and not on reality.
While I look at USC, I force myself to see warts, rather than the things they do super well. it is comforting and makes me feel better about OSU’s chances. When I watch OSU’s film, I focus on the great plays and gloss over some of the glaring mistakes. It is a perfect storm called Fandom and it effects us all in our own way.
So what does OSU need to do to win? They need to stop the best defender in the nation. They need to contain one of the best receivers in the country. They will have to score on a defense that only allows 20 points a game and contain an offense that scores 32. In short, they are going to have to pick up their rocks, grab their slings and slay some giants.
Now this is not the USC of 2006 or 2008. There are serious issues on their offensive line, they cannot run up the middle well and they have a lot of injuries on defense. But they are still loaded with four and five star talent, they still are big, fast and mean and they still require 100% of OSU’s attention and effort.
So this week, I don’t care if we score 13 points as long as they score 10. I don’t care if we are pretty or if we grind out each play and each drive and just get four yards a play all the way down the field. I just want full effort, full attention and the elimination of silly errors or mental lapses. I don’t want to see dropped deep balls, false starts, roughing the passer or chippy retaliation that makes good plays a 15 yard penalty and automatic first down.
Pick up your slings, grab your rocks and take the field like it is your last game you will ever play because a win here will mean more to you than the loss will to them, and a win here sets this team up with one more big step to greatness. Everyone’s goal is 12 – 0 but you don’t get to 12 without first getting to 4.
Go Beavers, slay some giants and ride home Animal Style and with rarefied glory that goes with exiting the Coliseum with a win!