By Tom Carpenter
Daily Cougar Staff
The Daily Cougar's national poll, published
every Tuesday, ranks the Cougars among the top five teams in the nation.
As incongruous as that seems for an 0-8 team, the following facts will
support our gridiron warriors' lofty standing in The Daily Cougar poll.
Max Lacayo/The Daily Cougar
Junior safety Hanik Milligan
hurls his body into the pile to stop a Bull running back during the Cougars'
game with South Florida on Saturday. USF joins
C-USA in 2003.
The number one reason the Cougars deserve
their top five ranking, according to all the e-mail arriving at the sports
editor's desk, is because nobody wants to play UH.
That's right, nobody wants to meet the
Cougars on the field of battle, so the "Fear Factor" alone catapults our
football heroes into the top 10.
UH now rubs shoulders with those other
top-flight programs nobody wants to play like Nebraska, Oklahoma, Miami
UH pushes the bubble into the top five
because the Cougars are, without a doubt, the most dangerous team in college
Every team in Division I-A dreads playing
the Cougars because they know one of these days UH will win a game, and
nobody wants to be the team that
gets beat by our favorite gridiron warriors.
When you consider that Cougar head coach
Dana Dimel gave the team Monday off after their game with South Florida,
you get the impression Dimel
thinks he only needs to fine-tune the
Cougar battle wagon before hurling it at another top-25 defensive or offensive
juggernaut like Southern Miss.
The Cougars stand alone at the bottom of
the mountain, the only team in the cosmos with the power to make the earth
tremble beneath the ivory towers
of college football's elite.
Dimel's a gambling man, a gunslinger from
the days of yore. The Cougars should take advantage of their dire straits
by coming out and playing with wild
abandon during the final three games of
the 2001 season.
They obviously lack the muscle to compete
toe-to-toe with Louisville, Alabama-Birmingham and Georgia, so how about
some of that who-do you-do
What this team needs is some of that old-time
razzle-dazzle, if for no other reason than to give the players on the field
something to laugh and grin about
after their season ends in Athens, Ga.,
They may be 0-11 by then, but they're our
The players deserve one of those backslapping,
knee-jerking memories that begin, "Yeah, we were 0 and 11, but do you remember
when we pulled off
the old (pick your play) on Louisville…"
-- and so do their fans.
Give the fans a thrill, boys. Nebraska
used a trick play to crush Oklahoma's national title dreams. There's nothing
wrong with a bit of deception and
daring-do to rattle your opponent and
win a game by hook or by crook when a national title is at stake.
What's a little chicanery when you're trying
to break a 12-game losing streak?
Nothing brings a crowd to its feet like
the successful execution of a trick play that leaves an opponent's jock
strap dangling from the moon.
The great thing about Cougar fans is they
understand you can't win them all.
Students who work while pursuing an education
realize you must start at the bottom to reach the top. It's the perfect
attitude to have while enjoying the
growing pains of our football heroes.
Now, I suggest the always entertaining
and exciting flea-flicker play to shake the Cardinals from their lofty