So while most Zags fans have been worrying about Elias' health and the Bulldogs' overall underwhelming performances against San Diego State and Kansas State, I have been quietly worrying about the WCC's turn for the worse.
Last season, the WCC managed a 6-6 record against the Pac-10, which is entirely respectable, even if the Pac-10 was having an off year. So far this year, the WCC is 0-4 against the Pac-10 and that's not even the half of it. Check out these doozies...
Portland has lost to Kentucky and Washington State so far, which isn't too bad, but whom have they beaten? Right. Nobody in particular.
Santa Clara, who was supposed to be a dark horse this year, has losses to USC, Arizona, and Ohio. Fine. Good wins? Uhm... Rice?
Pepperdine lost to the likes of Portland State, Cal State Bakersfield, Missouri State, and Northern Arizona, while beating mediocre Nevada and Pacific teams. But we expected this from Pepperdine.
San Francisco has dropped games to San Jose State and Montana State. Their win at Colorado doesn't really make up for it.
San Diego -- poor San Diego -- is 1-5 with a win against Occidental. Their losses include Boise State, Cal State Fullerton, and UC Irvine. As much as I wanted to see Bill Grier to succeed as a head coach, I think his days at USD may be numbered.
Finally, LMU -- the team that was supposed to take the WCC crown from Gonzaga this year -- is really lighting it up! A 3-5 record with losses to Morgan State, Bradley, Rider, Cal Poly, and UC Santa Barbara.
Wow. That's depressing. Are there any bright spots? Sure. Saint Mary's has beaten St. John's and Texas Tech and its only two losses have come against ranked BYU and San Diego State.
I thought the WCC made some real strides last year. I guess I was wrong. I guess BYU can't join the WCC soon enough -- if they still want to.