My thought this year is why cant we (Oregon State) play 4 qtrs of football? Why cant we play good in Sept, but we can in October and November? In the first quarter this season we have outscored every opponent by 90 points (this is not including Idaho St). In the last 3 quarters we are outscored by 76. We started off fast in every game but then just took a seat and let the other team catch up and 2 times losing the game because of it. If we could have just scored a few more points or even gotten a few extra firstdowns so the defense wasn't so worn down. In Sept this year, we were 2-3. Oct and Nov 6-1. Last season we started out 2-3 and finished 9-4 after the bowl game victory. It seems that the coaching staff takes to long getting the players up for the games. If they would get the idea that we are no longer the Bavers of the 70s, 80s, and 90s where we would have been happy with any bowl game. This is the 2000s when we have been to 7 bowl games in 9 years. We want the big bowl games. We want respect. We want to be picked in the top 3 of the Pac10 and finish 1st, not picked 7th and finish 3rd. We didn't add 12,000 seats to Reser Stadium to watch a team hoping to get to a bowl game.
But now I wonder. What if we had beaten Cincy, ASU and UCLA. We would be 11-1 now instead of 8-4. What if we were playing 31 days from now in the National Championship game. What if?