Somebody recently suggested that I give optimism, as it pertains to college football around here, a try.
(Already would have done so if it weren’t so delusional.)
The suggestion reminded me of the Lennon-McCartney song "Getting Better," when Paul wrote: "I’ve got to admit it’s getting better, a little better all the time."
(And John added: "It can’t get no worse.")
Winston Churchill once said, "I am an optimist — it does not seem much use being anything else." Helen Keller said, "Nothing can be done without hope."
(But Oscar Wilde wrote, "The basis of optimism is sheer terror." And Havelock Ellis said, "The place where optimism most flourishes is the lunatic asylum.")
Let’s try a little harder.
(Why? It’s foolishness.)
Short of a blown ACL and MCL in Logan, the overall picture for college football is brighter than could reasonably have been expected for BYU, Utah and Utah State. That assertion, as it relates to the Aggies, might seem a little like saying that other than a few fireballs and meteorites, dinosaurs would have done just fine on planet Earth, but ... USU will roll forward.
(And off a cliff.)
The Aggies have a strong defense, a group ranked 25th in the country. It is giving up 335 yards a game. It ranks 26th in scoring defense (19.3 points), 38th in rushing defense (132 yards) and 28th in pass defense (203.7 yards per).
(BYU shredded that defense for 438 yards and 31 points last week.)
Utah State also has a lot of talented offensive players who can make up for the loss of Chuckie Keeton: That veteran offensive front and skill players such as Joey DeMartino and Joe Hill.
(In Keeton, USU just lost the best quarterback in the state, a player who cannot be replaced. Keeton was the foundation upon which the Aggies’ football turnaround was built. No amount of sunshine blowing will change that. USU is nowhere near the same team without him. The Aggies’ triggerman is gone now — and so are the team’s hopes of winning a Mountain West Conference championship.)
(Joe Hill is gone, too.)
Matt Wells said: "I think our team will rally just fine."
(Pinocchio’s nose blew through a nearby window.)
BYU is emerging from its early season woes — a loss on the road to Virginia and a loss at home to Utah.
(The defeat to Virginia looks worse by the week. The Cavs are 2-3, having dropped games to Oregon, 59-10, Pitt, 14-3, and Ball freaking State, 48-27.)
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