On a day in college football with not much going on in terms of ranked opponent matchups – the lone game of such distinction sees #5 Stanford take on #23 Arizona State – blowouts have been abundant.
Ohio State beat FAMU 76-0, Louisville beat Florida International 72-0, and now Washington has defeated Idaho State 56-0. That is a combined 204-0, for the mathematicians out there.
For head coach Steve Sarkisian and the Huskies, today’s game was the proverbial laugher, as expected. Many of the starters were out before the end of the first half – NCAA yards per game rushing leader Bishop Sankey left after just three series and gaining 77 yards on four carries, including a 3-yard TD run.
The question I ask myself is what purpose do these games serve? For many of these teams, Washington included, this week’s games are the final tune-up before they open conference play. With all the starters not getting reps – and the ones they do get are against far inferior talent – will they be ready?
I suppose it’s all relative, as most teams do the same thing, but in some cases I’m sure not being up-to-speed leads to the occasional upset – not to mention the games aren’t exactly the most interesting to watch. At the very least, the smaller schools get a nice payout out of the deal, so it’s not all bad; FAMU got $900,000 to take on Ohio State, after all.