Paleo2 wrote:It can be very dangerous to underestimate one’s opponent.
It's as bad as overestimating oneself, which they can't take all the blame for. They were hyped and overrated. As much as they say they don't pay attention to that stuff, it's just what they're supposed to say. They're young guys. Of course they listen to the hype.
They're a very good team. They just aren't a national championship caliber team, and being hyped as one did them no favors.
The initial #4 ranking was not even close to being accurate. I think that most people realized this but, as you say, the players are young guys not far out of high school, and they bought into it. The scores of their first two wins were decent but when watching the games it was clear that they weren't easily dominating the unranked teams like they should have been. The first half of the New Mexico game was particularly unimpressive. They looked asleep against BYU from start to finish.
The upcoming game against Iowa is huge for UW. Maybe the embarrassing loss this past weekend will help them get up for it. They can't still be thinking that all that they have to do is show up and win. I don't have good feelings about the game and if I were a betting man I have to say that my money would be on Iowa.