To say the Washington game was disappointing is an understatement. Coming off a thrilling win off then-No. 6 Arizona State, I expected the Beavers to come out against Washington fired up and ready to roll. Unfortunately, we all know what happened. In many ways, the game summed up OSU’s up-and-down season. Here’s several thoughts in wake of the game that have been running through my mind.
1. Play calling. Seriously, what’s going on with Riley and Co. when it comes to their offensive play calling? Why all the complex passing plays during short-yardage situations? At this point, I don’t care if they don’t get the first down, I just want to see the Beavers run the ball more. Maybe even more frustrating is that a lot of plays aren’t even close to moving the chains. Yes, the QB needs time to throw and WRs need to get separation, but too many plays are dead on impact.
2. Safety regression. Ryan Murphy and Tyrequek Zimmerman are fantastic athletes and were highly-sought recruits. But this season, they’ve experienced their fair share of lumps — more than you would expect from a pair of seniors. But I’m not saying it’s their fault. The coaches have asked too much of them, and aren’t putting them in position to succeed. They should be enjoying stellar seasons. If I am Riley, I’d be thinking of a way to get Mitch Meeuwsen back on staff to help coach up the safeties year.
3. Where’s the fire? Washington was reeling entering the game against the Beavers, having lost four of its last five games. And while their front 7 is one of the best in the nation, the Huskies’ offense leaves a lot to be desired. So Saturday was prime time for the Beavers to carry over the momentum from the ASU game and rout the Huskies. Instead the team came out flat, and judging from most of the coaches, it seems like their lack of emotion was infectious in a bad way. This was a game the Beavers needed to be amped for!
4. Poor TEs. I feel for a lot of the players on this year’s team. They deserved better than this. Honestly, this team should have 8 wins. But Connor Hamlett and Caleb Smith espcially have been robbed. Yes, because of injuries to the offensive line, they’ve had to help more in pass protection, but these guys deserved to be targeted more this season. Instead, most of their receptions have left them sitting ducks and easy to take down. Not getting them more involved somehow was a crime.
5. Anything can happen. The Ducks are cruising and look unstoppable right heading into the Civil War. But as last season proved, when it comes to the Civil War, you just never know.Maybe the Beavers pull off the unthinkable and win this year. If that happens, this disappointing season is a success for the Beavers — and they are bowl eligible. That said, injuries will make this game more of a challenge then ever for the Beavers. (RW)
What were your observations during the Washington game?