14 GAME STREAKS
By mark rogers
June 13, 2009
The 2009 College Football season has officially begun, and the only question now is which 14 game streak will end first? It's a question that will dominate the weeks and months until kickoff on that first Thursday night of action.
But wait, you say, the first game isn't until September 3...how can the season have officially begun??
The preview magazines are on newstands. If you want solid and comprehensive preview magazines, you have nine choices: Athlon, Lindy's, Sporting News, Street and Smith, Sports Illustrated, Gameplan, Preview Sports, Jim Feist's and Phil Steele's.
My annual Phil Steele's came in the mail on Thursday. That's the only one I believe anyone needs.
So what 14 game streaks are we talking about?
Utah's 14 game win streak and Washington's 14 game losing streak.
OK, so maybe it won't be THAT fervently discussed, but I'm going to discuss it now.
Utah went 13-0 during the 2008 regular season and beat SEC runner-up Alabama in the Sugar Bowl.
Washington hasn't won since they beat California at home towards the end of the 2007 season.
The Huskies should be much better this year with 18 starters returning, but they open the season at home against LSU.
Their streak will hit 15. But that's as far as it goes because Jake Locker and company will find the win column on September 12 at home against Idaho.
I doubt they'll be able to string a couple of wins together because they host USC the next week.
The Utes' streak may last a little longer into the season. Utah has a great shot at running the table again during the regular season.
They play Utah State at home on opening night (Thursday, September 3), then will beat San Jose State and Oregon on the road, have a great shot at beating Louisville at home, then play at Colorado State, at UNLV, Air Force, Wyoming, New Mexico, at TCU, San Diego State and at BYU.
I don't think Utah will be challenged until they play TCU in Fort Worth on November 14. If they keep winning up to that point, the win streak will be at 23.
So the answer to the question is Washington. They will win before Utah loses.
Oh, the number of pre-season topics to discuss.....
Next up? Toughest schedules, who's coming out of the Big 12 South, SEC West, does Notre Dame have a shot at a National Title??? Heisman Trophy? Most improved teams? Teams to keep an eye on....
The possibilities are endless.
My favorite time of year is officially upon us.