Saturday, September 27, 2014

The Return of BFWD

What does BFWD stand for? BIG FREAKING WHITE DUDES. The Stanford Cardinal is returning to Seattle to take on our beloved, and as always they are bringing with them a set of dudes that look like better sculpted, and more educated, versions of Boba Fett. Stanford has become known as a BFWD factory. Each year they lose between 3-7 of these guys to the NFL, or engineering firms in San Francisco, and they are just replaced with the same looking football player as if nothing changed. It's like that Halloween episode of the Simpsons where Homer clones himself hundreds of times over so that he doesn't have to do any work, except in this case every player is just a little bit different and the only people that don't have to do any work are the skill position players because of how easy the BFWD's make it for them.

The Huskies are the worst 4-0 in the history of UW football and possibly even all of college football this year. We have played teams that are terrible, we have looked terrible most of the time playing these games and if we don't get our stuff together; today will be terrible. But, as always, there is hope. The Huskies are not without their own size and they have more speed than most teams in the Pac 12, which is a huge advantage. UW has its own Boba Fett sitting on the defensive line in Danny Shelton helping to plug up the line with Hau'oli Kikaha; both of which are in the top two for sacks in the nation. And if this were considered a David versus Goliath affair (which it isn't), then the Huskies have their own David in Shaq Thompson; except our David is armed with an AK-47 instead of a rock. The experience on the offensive line and the speed of the receivers make the Huskies very dangerous, and they are going to need every little bit of these advantages to overcome the brains and size of the Cardinal; on both sides of the ball.

As every expert will tell you this game is going to be won in the trenches, and I cannot disagree with that. I will say, though, that the Huskies can win this game on the edges. Speed is going to be a huge factor in beating a team like Stanford. Yes, I know, Oregon would say the same thing except that they keep losing to the BFWD all-star team. I think Oregon's biggest problems are psychological and their defense. The Huskies don't have to win this game to go to the national championship, that isn't the kind of pressure UW is generally under and the Husky defense is better in the front 7 than the Ducks. I made a bet with my buddy after the Illinois game that UW would win by 14 points or more over Stanford. The Cardinal had lost to USC and UW finally found their offense and were clicking on defense. I was hopeful that UW was playing bad because they were playing teams that ran spread offenses and a traditional team like Stanford would be less work for UW. I am a little nervous about that prediction, but I still give the Huskies an advantage here.

The score will not be high and it won't be easy, but I see the Dawgs pulling out a 16-10 type of win today, putting this expected "program turnaround" season back on track. Can our guys get around the BFWD crew and make some noise? That will be the biggest thing to look for, and if they can, UW can be one of the better 5-0 teams in the country all of a sudden.

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