By Derek Johnson
I watched the first half of Saturday’s game. Didn’t watch the second. Didn’t feel the need. Didn’t even want to.
It used to be enough to just see the Huskies run out of the tunnel and then play football. Against shit-tier opponents, I always looked forward to seeing backups get playing time.
But really, what’s the point to watching an outmatched opponent come to town to take a beating (and a payday)? It’s all so predictable.
Next week we have another yawner with Portland State. I won’t be attending that one either.
For many years, I was proud that the University of Washington was one of four FBS teams to never have played a Division II/FCS opponent. But that went by the wayside during Scott Woodward’s reign as athletic director. Now our schedule is peppered with Portland States, North Dakotas and Sacramento States.
I remember having a conversation with Hugh Millen a few years ago on this topic. We both passionately railed against schools that scheduled weak teams in order to puff up their win totals.
Later on, I heard Hugh give an impassioned speech on the radio about it. He was as fiery as Mussolini shouting from the balcony. I was like, “preach it brother!”
But as soon as Woodward began lining up the cupcakes for Sark, Hugh changed his tune. He suddenly saw the merit, he said.
It wasn’t just Hugh who caved, of course. Everybody pretty much accepted it, as the once-high standards for Husky Football continued to be eroded.
For those old enough to remember the last Rose Bowl team of 2000, did you ever think you’d see the day with 30,000 people in the stands at the time of kickoff?
If Washington AD Jen Cohen would like some credibility, she could start by unloading the FCS fluff from future schedules and lining up teams worth seeing. Breathe some new life back into September.