So today we will start putting the Rice game behind us and start thinking about Washington. Yesterday thought Dorrell still had to talk about the Rice game in his Monday chat with the beat reporters. Today's papers have some of Dorrell's word of wisdom.
Despite scoring just 26 points against Rice Owls, KD is feeling good about his running game:
"We made a few mistakes, critical mistakes," Dorrell said. "When you turn the ball over, it stalled some drives. We moved the ball very, very well. Wow, the run game, it was unbelievable with what we were able to accomplish from running the ball from Week 1 to Week 2."
Lonnie White has more on Dorrell's assessment of last Saturday:
"This will be a great game to go over with for our team; so we can catch up some things that we can be really good at.... We did a lot of positive things, but there were just some miscues that overshadow the potential of what this team can become."
Time to pivot and move on to the next game. Obviously Bruins need to resolve their punt returning issues. Well we needed to figure that out before the Rice game. But I guess we will use next two weeks deal with the disaster which is now the special teams. Here is Robert Kuwada on what Bruins will be doing to fix punt returning issues in next two weeks:
"We're going to put them in more live situations in practice, in terms of getting a full coverage," said Dorrell, who coaches the punt returners. "I think all of them catch the ball well. ... I think the next step is really putting them under pressure and getting coverage down and distracting them, things like that. We're going to spend a lot of time doing that this week."
Speaking of the Huskies, already mentioned how they had a tough road game against the Sooners. To get a little sense of Husky fans mindset going into their game against Fresno State, here is Washington Husky Football blog:
Lappano also didn't call a very good game by continuing to force a square peg in a round hole which did not give his QB a lot of help. The call for an option inside the 5 when you have had no trouble running the ball up the middle all day is very questionable to say the least. You have four downs to make four yards, go with the percentages, and the percentages say that I.S. can't run the option under pressure.
Pass defense becomes a real concern as we get closer to the conference season because two teams that don't pass well have put a lot of yards on us the past two weeks. We all were counting on improved play and have yet to see it at the corners. Not many teams will beat UW with the run this year, but they really won't need to.
How good is Oklahoma? I don't think they will beat the Duck's in Autzen, if they do it will really surprise me.
How good is Washington? Much better than most expected, and about where I figured they would be. The question is will they be able to bounce back and win this week against another tough opponent? They will if they get improved play from QB. I expected a lot better performance from IS (Isiah Stanback - N), obviously he hasn't made a quantum leap from last year but perhaps Carl Bonnell has.
In other words it will come down to coaching.
We will see if UCLA gets that in two weeks in Seattle.