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Posted: Wednesday October 29, 2008 3:03PM; Updated: Wednesday October 29, 2008 3:42PM

Quick Slants (cont.)

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FUNNY HOW NOBODY'S TALKING NOW

For the better part of the last four years, rabble rousers have harped on the notion that Ty Willingham was unfairly relieved of his post as Notre Dame head coach. Even as Willingham's tenure as Washington coach continued spiraling downward, Irish haters still enjoyed sneering at the Golden Domers' perceived elitism.

Well, where are those people now? What, nobody's defending Willingham's 11-32 (and counting!) record at Washington? What gives?

Apparently, the initial argument is no longer valid, or at least, not quite as valid as before. That's because, in four years as the Huskies' coach, Willingham failed to finish higher than ninth in the Pac-10, or even put together a winning season. And when you look back and realize Willingham has essentially been the anti-Urban Meyer over the last seven years -- i.e., turning his teams sour in a mere two-year window and/or stripping them of their offensive identities -- it's become nearly impossible to make a football case for the guy. So impossible, in fact, Willingham's out of work again.

While it's always stylish to bash Notre Dame for its lucrative NBC deal, pompous coach, or subdued bar scene, vindication has officially arrived. The Willingham firing? Totally justified.

AL GROH MAY BE ON STEROIDS

After watching USC whomp Virginia opening weekend, I had a hard time believing the Cavaliers could win a game against a bag of trail mix. Now, suddenly, this team's won four straight games, including two straight matchups with top 25 opponents. Huh?!?

I still don't believe it. If Virginia makes the BCS, I quit. There.

GET OFF THE FENCE: 10 RANDOM QUESTIONS THAT COULD IMPACT YOUR FALL

1. More unlikely BCS qualifier: Virginia or Minnesota?

2. Bigger sports pet peeve: Rain delays or TV timeouts?

3. Better college football night: Thursday or Friday?

4. More formidable unit: Ohio State's offense or Oklahoma's defense?

5. Tougher Oregon stadium: Autzen or Reser?

6. Better kids' TV show: Reading Rainbow or Mister Rogers' Neighborhood?

7. More outdated: Wishbone offenses or analog clocks?

8. More exciting game: Jenga or Twister?

9. Deeper conference: Big 12 or SEC?

10. Likelier Texas Tech record: 11-1 or 10-2?

THREE IRON-CLAD LOCKS THIS WEEK

Picking winners from last week's slate of games was like hunting in a zoo. This week figures to be a little more challenging.

• Oregon (+3) at Cal.

• USC (-42) vs. Washington.

• Northwestern (+6) at Minnesota.

Last week: 3-0. Season: 5-4.

Ty Hildenbrandt writes Quick Slants every week. E-mail him at tyhildenbrandt@gmail.com and check out his podcast at SolidVerbal.com.

 
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