UW Worrisome In Win, Seahawks Optimistic In Loss

UW Worrisome In Win, Seahawks Optimistic In Loss

A blowout win for UW and a close loss for Seattle doesn't tell the full story

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)One would think that the Huskies 45-3 blowout win against lowly, FCS opponent North Dakota would be enough to say, "Yeah, they took care of business". You could also say that the Seahawks 27-24 loss against the Denver Broncos was another typical competitive, heart-stopping and disappointing close game in which the Seahawks just missed out on more opportunity. Although both statements are accurate, the Huskies and Seahawks played to the opposite of what the scoreboard showed. The Huskies are poised to return to the CFP and represent the lowly Pac-12 in it, while the Seahawks are filled with new, fresh young faces that are going to take their lumps all season long.

Let's start with the Huskies...

I was live and in-person for my first game sitting in the Young Alumni section at Husky Stadium where I was expecting the Dawgs to blow this one out byBut halftime. They were only up 17-0 by halftime. Jake Browning didn't play like a fourth year starter as he threw two Interceptions (he could've easily thrown three or four) and finished 23/37 for 313 yards with two TDs too. The other fourth year starter, Myles Gaskin-who has had a history of starting off slow-ran for one TD, with only 53 yards on 15 carries.

I'll give a little more leniency towards Gaskin as the biggest issue with me from this game was the Offensive Line. The O-Line didn't give Gaskin many holes to run through and struggled with North Dakota's D-Line. However, even when the O-Line held up and gave Browning time to throw, some of his decisions were atrocious. Browning continued to make head-scratching plays and has not shown much through two games. Even the rest of the Dawgs have not fully played up to the standards that Chris Petersen demands. The fact that the Huskies had five penalties resulting in 45 yards and North Dakota didn't commit a single penalty throughout the whole game shows a lot.

You must respect every opponent that you play, whether they're top-tier teams like Auburn or Alabama, or FCS teams like North Dakota or Portland State. North Dakota came into Husky Stadium thinking they would upset the Dawgs. Although the scoreboard read 45-3, the Fighting Hawks gave everything they could and lost to the Huskies who were clearly not on their A-game. Either UW was still feeling the hangover of last week against Auburn, or played down to their opponent (which is something you should never do). When the starters came out, young guys like backup QB Jake Haener and RB Kamari Pleasant really showed their talents. We'll probably see more of Pleasant this year than Haener, but the "bench Jake Browning" crowd got more fuel added to their fire as they watched him go 7/7 on 110 yards with a TD. Browning is not getting benched at all...no matter how mediocre he plays this year, he's going to get better as it's only been two games.

As for those Seahawks...

As long as Pete Carroll is coaching, the Seahawks are going to play every game to the very last second and will always win by less than a TD or lose by less than a TD. It was another Seahawks-like performance, but Russell Wilson couldn't get into clutch mode at the end as they fell 27-24. Sure, there were many flaws: Sebastian Janikowski missed a FG early that would've had the game tied at the end, the pass rush was horrendous as they only sacked Keenum once and the O-Line (and Germain Ifedi especially) was awful as Russell was sacked six times.

The reason why I came away from this game optimistic is because of this 2018 Rookie class. TE Will Dissly (Go Dawgs) who looked like a man possessed on three catches, one of which looked a little Beast Mode-esqe. LB Shaquem Griffin had some ups and downs this game, but he looked really comfortable in place of injured LB K.J. Wright. CB Tre Flowers gave up quite a few yards, but his length and agility really gave him an edge in this game and he can only get better from here, watch out for this kid over the years. Most importantly...Michael f**king Dickson! This might sound horrible, but I'm quite excited to see the Hawks punt the ball a lot as this kid can pin opponents deep, and he didn't waste any time in his first official game. Dickson punted six times with an average of 59 net yards and had the ball inside the 20 four times. Considering how average this defense should be this year, Dickson's ability to pin opponents deep in their own territory is a weapon that only the Seahawks are lucky to have.

The rest of the starters gave me a reason to smile after the game (ask my girlfriend, it took me a while to get over this loss as I hate starting the year off with an L). Earl Thomas decided to show up and caught an Interception real early, Chris Carson is only in his second year, but hurdled a Broncos defender and looked outstanding, despite only getting 7 carries (no bueno), and even though Baldwin went down with a sprained MCL, Lockett and Brandon Marshall looked like they can handle the load if Baldwin has to miss a week or two. My prediction was 10-6 for these guys, and I still feel okay about that considering they'll be in every game they play this year. These young studs might have struggled in their first official game, but they can only get better from here on out.

Predictions for next week!

If the Huskies show up to Utah playing the way they did against North Dakota, we'd already have to be talking about one of the most disappointing Husky teams in recent memory just three games in. My hope is that the Dawgs were looking past North Dakota and were already ready for their first conference game against Utah. As for the Hawks, they play on Monday Night in Chicago and while I don't see the Bears as being too much of a threat, the boys better study and look over that week 1 film. There's a lot to learn from in that Denver game, but I know Pete is going to get these guys fired up for MNF in hopes that they cleaned up mistakes and learn from what went wrong in Denver.

Picks: UW 27 Utah 24 & Seattle 23 Chicago 20

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20 Signs You Were A High School Cheerleader

You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."
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Cheerleading is something you'll never forget. It takes hard work, dedication, and comes with its ups and downs. Here are some statements that every cheerleader, past and present, know to be true.

1. You always had bobby pins with you.

2. Fear shot through you if you couldn't find your spankees right away and thought you left them at home.

3. You accumulated about 90 new pairs of tennis shoes...

4. ...and about 90 new bows, bags, socks, and warm ups.

5. When you hear certain songs from old cheer dance mixes it either ruins your day or brings back happy memories.

6. And chances are, you still remember every move to those dances.

7. Sometimes you catch yourself standing with your hands on your hips.

8. You know the phrase, "One more time, ladies" all too well.

9. The hospitality rooms were always one of the biggest perks of going to tournaments (at least for me).

10. You got really tired of hearing, "Point your toes."

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11. If you left the gym at half-time to go get something, you better be back by the time the boys run back out.

12. You knew how awkward it could be on the bus rides home after the boys lost.

13. But you also knew how fun it could be if they won.

14. Figuring out line-up was extremely important – especially if one of your members was gone.

15. New uniforms were so exciting; minus the fact that they cost a fortune.

16. You know there was nothing worse than when you called out an offense cheer but halfway through, you had to switch to the defense version because someone turned over the ball.

17. You still know the school fight song by heart and every move that goes with it.

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18. UCA Cheer Camp cheers and chants still haunt you to this day.

19. You know the difference between a clasp and a clap. Yes, they're different.

20. There's always a part of you that will miss cheering and it will always have a place in your heart.

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Don't Be That Ole Miss Fan Who Leaves When Our Teams Need Our Support The Most

While most of the students and some of the fans ditched before the 4th quarter, it really surprised me how little support we showed our struggling team.

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After the beating we took last week from #1 Alabama, we all wanted to steer off the stadium until the next weekend. However, losing to the number one team in the nation shouldn't be depressing; they are number one for a reason.

While most of the students and some of the fans ditched before the 4th quarter, it really surprised me how little support we showed our struggling team. Yes, the game was exciting for a solid 11 seconds, but that doesn't mean that we should abort ship so soon.

I even caught myself wishing they would run the clock around the 3rd quarter, feeling as if this game was never going to end. And it wasn't until the very end of the game that I realized what we had been missing.

We had been missing support for our team. But not just football this weekend but every sport we have. If it isn't one of the big three, do you even care? I know that I didn't and sometimes still don't. Does anyone go to the women's rifle events? Do you know when the softball team plays? Do you even know if we have a hockey team?

Being an Ole Miss fan doesn't mean that we love either football, basketball, or baseball. Being an Ole Miss fan means that we love all three, and every other sport our students participate in.

I've heard from some members of the band that they were so impressed with the Vanderbilt student section, not because they were the rowdiest or best, but because after the football game, they all stayed, stood, and sang to their Alma Mater.

Do any of us even know our Alma Mater? I've met seniors who didn't even know we had one! Yes, its plastered on all the cups this year. Yes, its posted around campus. But do you know it, by heart? If you heard the tune, could you even identify it, much less sing along to it? Do you even know the words?

I'll be the first to tell you that I don't. I have approximately 20 or so cups that have it printed on there, yet I do not know the Ole Miss Alma Mater.

So, when we were getting ready to leave the game, it warmed and saddened my heart when our song played. It warmed my heart to see the remaining student section come together to sing and sway to our Alma Mater, but it saddened me to see how little of people there were to participate, especially since the stadium was packed mere hours earlier.

And if that isn't bad enough, our student section was a quarter empty after the 1st quarter. Imagine being a football player, looking out into the crowd to see your supporters and a quarter of them are gone before the beginning of the 2nd quarter. And every time you look back as the game progresses, more and more are gone until a small portion is left over, cheering you on.

Now, imagine that you are any other athlete in a non-recognized sport. Imagine all the hours you put into training, all the things that you have to miss out on, just for no one to be there supporting you. How disappointed would you feel?

We are an SEC school! We are a big deal! We are in the best conference in the world, competing against some of the best athletes across the country, and as a student and fan of this school, we should show our support not only to the big three but to all of them!

I dare you to branch out and go watch another sport! Stay for the full game, even if it takes all day. Try a new sport, it could be your favorite! Do it for the free t-shirts, do it for the concessions, do it for the free or cheap admissions fee. I don't care why you do it, but be like Nike and "just do it!" That is how we can be better! That is how we can be a better Ole Miss fan!

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