I’m surprised David hasn’t posted about this yet, but perhaps he’s too busy celebrating. :) Anyway… on the same day that Charlie Weis suffered his biggest loss since coming to Notre Dame, former Irish coach Ty Willingham earned perhaps his most important victory since being hired by the University of Washington, as the Huskies beat Fresno State, 21-20. Washington’s previous wins under Ty were against lowly Idaho, Arizona and San Diego State, but Fresno State — despite being 1-2 this season, having lost a squeaker to Oregon last week — is a legit team, and the Huskies beat them. Washington is now 2-1, equalling their total number of wins last season, and with Stanford looking godawful, the Huskies have an excellent chance of beating that total by season’s end. Moreover, Oregon State and Arizona certainly appear beatable, and a 17-15 win over Baylor isn’t a huge vote of confidence for Washington State. Could the Huskies beat the Cougars in the Apple Cup… and earn their sixth win in the process, becoming bowl-eligible? It’s probably a long shot, but I suspect David and his fellow Huskies are daring to dream tonight, and who can blame them?
BTW, I still don’t think Ty is a good coach. :) But congrats to Washington on a win that will hopefully start their program on the road back to respectability.
UPDATE: I just got off the phone with David. Turns out, he was at the game, and he said it was a very exciting, awesome atmosphere. He also said Ty’s stated goal for the season is being bowl-eligible, and he (David) thinks it’s very much attainable.
Anyway, as long as we’re on the topic of stunning upsets… Southern Illinois became the latest Division I-AA team to shock a I-A foe, beating Indiana 35-28 in Bloomington. So much for Nick’s theory that the Hoosiers could become bowl-eligible by “defending the rock” against Western Michigan, Ball State, Southern Illinois, UConn and Illinois, and then pulling one upset against the rest of their schedule (Wisconsin, Iowa, Ohio State, Michigan State, Minnesota, Michigan, Purdue). It’d take two upsets now. Or really, three, since UConn’s gonna beat ‘em next Saturday. GO HUSKIES! :)
In terms of near-shockers, how about South Carolina almost losing to I-AA Wofford? (Oh, but that SEC schedule is a war! A war, I tell you!) And how about Army almost beating Texas A&M? I caught the end of that one, and it was a thriller. Pity the Army boys couldn’t pull it out. They almost, almost did. (Meanwhile, as I alluded to earlier, the Navy boys had no trouble winning against lowly Stanford, which is in serious jeopardy of a winless season.)