I decided to look up the depth chart from our games vs. Washington in 2007 and this coming week vs. Arizona. We all know we're young, but this visual alone may shock you.
Take a look at the number of *s indicating years in the system as an eligible (non-redshirt) player. Particularly for the starters.
Also, look at the # of starts (out of 11 possible) each had.
Now take a look at the one coming up against Arizona
Look at the difference. I knew in my head that we were a young team, but when you see the number of *s--or even more, the amount of blank space--and the number of starts (out of 8) we're missing from that 07 team (which if you remember, was NOT good)....
Let's put it this way. Imagine you didn't know the Cougs from the Zips (Akron). Now imagine I showed you the first roster and told you it was from a team that lost 7 games, and were blown out by 35, 46, 28 and 33 points in different losses against conference opponents. Now imagine I show you the second roster from the same team just two years later. What would you expect the results to be.
I think that one thing we forget in the debate we have about how far we've fallen, is how bad we actually were to begin with.