Mike Hlas is an award-winning columnist with the Cedar Rapids Gazette and force behind The Hlog. Each week, he will break down the worst matchup in college football. Considering the increasing number of uncompetitive and uninteresting games, Mike's task is harder than finding calm, sane shoppers on Black Friday.
No team got singled out more than once in the Game of the Weak this season. We spread it from conference to conference, region to region. We're equal-opportunity needlers.
So it is that we wind up 2009 in Seattle, after enjoying some delicious Thanksgiving salmon. Washington State at Washington. The Apple Cup, once a game of national prominence.
This one is slightly less brutal. Last year's was a Game of the Weak of the Decade.
In 2008, the Huskies and Cougars entered their game at Pullman without a win against a I-A team between them. Wazzu scored a 16-13 double-overtime triumph. Someone had to win.
The Cougars went to Hawaii the next week to appropriately close their year with a defeat against the Rainbows as the sun set on a 2-10 season.
Washington, meanwhile, put the rotten icing on its miserable cake by finishing with a 48-7 beatdown of a beating from California for an 0-12 season.
The Huskies fired coach Tyrone Willingham and brought in USC offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian. It appears to have been a good move.