Ron's Rorschach Report - Long

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Posted by Big Ron on September 05, 21 at 13:39:10:

This is by no means analytical. I was jumping between games so fast, the TV remote began to smoke and the field scenes looked like inkblot tests. But by Sunday, I formed impressions of some of our upcoming opponents.

Utah -
Same old Utah. Where does Whittingham find all those giant linemen? There are at least a half dozen that are 6-7 or 6-8. Bobby Hurley can not find that many for his basketball team. The Utes are well coached. The team will not beat itself. The O-line and D-line allow Whittingham to control the game. I was hoping that Utah would find itself without a good QB, but transfer Charlie Brewer looked cool, experienced, and accurate with his passing. This will be a tough game in Utah.

Chip Kelly’s recruits have finally jelled. He starts a big senior/RS Jr O-line with every lineman going 300+ lbs. This allows him to play his win-by-attrition game. The Bruins have called 90 rushing plays in its first 2 games. Nothing fancy. But the 300 pound center and 355 pound right guard beat the defense into submission as the RBs keep the chains moving with simple inside plays. Dorian Thompson-Robinson picked LSU apart hitting drag routes because he had all day to throw. The Bruins play sort of a Psycho defense. Two down linemen on running downs, sometimes only one on passing situations - then an army of LBs and safeties that never seem to line up the same way twice. They come at the opponent at all angles - or not at all. Opponents only see this unconventional scheme once a year, so there is no book on how to attack it. The Bruin fans should be rockin' in the Rose Bowl by the time we play them.

Best collection of skilled position talent in the PAC-12. Right up there with Alabama and Ohio State. Drake London may be the best receiver in the country. Neither line seems to be at the same level as the skill position players. Thank God the USC head coach is a moron.

Oregon -
Looked bad. Once Kayvon Thibodeaux left the game, the team looked ordinary. Mario Cristobal may cancel their paychecks this week. There is way too much talent on this team for that sort of a field performance. I expect this week's practice to resemble the Death March on Bataan. And I would not be surprised if the Ducks beat Ohio State next week.

What is going on at Stanford? David Shaw was expressionless on the sideline. He looked like somebody waiting for a bus. Both the offense and defense schemes looked unimaginative. I could not tell if this is a bad team or if nobody took KSU as a serious threat. ASU should have no trouble with Stanford - as long as ASU takes EVERY opponent as a serious threat.

Washington -
Washington might take the NCAA pressure off ASU as the NCAA has to divert its investigators to see if Washington purposely threw the game. A lot of money must have changed hands with Montana going into the game as a 23 point dog. There are too many good players on this team to expect them to tank this season. Get the popcorn ready for next week against Michigan. This may be like a movie with a trick ending.

Sort of a watered down version of Utah. Big lines. Well coached. Will not beat themselves. Not particularly athletic, but fundamentally sound. We cannot sleep on this team or we will end up looking like Stanford.

Arizona -
Poor Jedd Fisch. He has the Wildcats playing hard. His game plan kept Arizona in the game against BYU. But he is going to need a couple years to rebuild the roster. I hope that he can keep his staff together and revitalize the program.

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