Many Coug fans "had a feeling" about this game, and I was not one of them. The Oregon State Beavers defense, coupled with stupid mistakes by the Cougs, led to an absolutely awful day for the offense. Usually picking Offensive POTW is easy, and then I have to debate with myself about the other two spots. This time, I almost skipped offense entirely. Yuck.
Collin Henderson Offensive POTW:
Gino Simone -- 3 catches, 83 yards, L49
Remember when Simone was a 4-star recruit and everyone figured he'd be the next great WSU WR? Boy, that sure does seem like a long time ago. Simone hauled in a pass of 49 yards accounting for most of his production, but he looked good against Oregon, too, so maybe he's figured it out? Who knows. I almost gave it to Jeff Tuel, but I'm not sure he should be given any sort of praise for last week, even if it's in imaginary CougCenter form.
One thing about Simone confuses me: his jersey still says "G. SIMONE". Why? His brother Jordan is no longer on the team. Did they just not feel the need to change it? I digress.
Hamza Abdullah Defensive POTW:
Deone Bucannon -- 11 tackles, 8 solo, 1 INT
I also thought about giving Justin Sagote some props here, as he was everywhere on Saturday, but ultimately went with Bucannon. In case you're wondering, that's four interceptions on the year for Bucannon, and three in the past two weeks. Deone Bucannon, First Team All Pac-12!
Bucannon leads the team in tackles this year, and while that's good for him from a statistical standpoint, he's a safety. He should not be leading the team in tackles.
Rian Lindell Special Teams POTW:
Andrew Furney -- 2 FGs, L32
The Duchess was responsible for the only points scored in Corvallis, so it's clear he's this week's standout on Special Teams. For the season, Furney has connected on 9 of 11 FGs, good for an 82% rate. It's also important to note that his misses are both from 40+ (including one from 50+), so it's not as if he's missed chip shots. Furney-furn for the Lou Groza Award!
Last week's prediction:
Marquess Wilson, Darryl Monroe, Andrew Furney
Next week's prediction:
Connor Halliday, Travis Long, Michael Bowlin