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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

July 18, 2007 at 12:53 PM

My Pac-10 poll

The annual Pac-10 football media day is eight days away away, and maybe the most newsworthy thing that happens is that the pre-season media poll is announced.
And while I know you don’t necessarily need to see yet another pre-season predicition, figured I’d put my picks on the record. I sent in my poll the other day and here it is:
1, USC
2, Cal
3, Oregon State
4, UCLA
5, Arizona State
6, Oregon
7, Arizona
8, Washington
9, Washington State
10, Stanford
Admittedly, it looks a lot like most of the other ones out there, but then, I’ve rarely seen a year when there is such an obvious No. 1 — I wouldn’t be surprised if USC got every single first-place vote.
The most notable difference in my poll from others could be having Oregon State ahead of UCLA.
Obviously, quarterback remains an issue for the Beavers, while UCLA has just about every single key player returning, including two QBs who have seen significant playing time.
But I like the direction the Beavers are headed, the fact that they have a powerful and veteran offensive line and a good running back, and that they have a favorable early schedule against which to build momentum and break in the new QB.
As for the Huskies, I’d be glad to put them higher if I saw fit, but I frankly had a long, hard struggle with even putting them eighth, ahead of Washington State (ultimately, I sided with UW due mostly to the fact that the Apple Cup is in Seattle this year, figuring that could give the Huskies a decided edge in the game that could prove the tie-breaker between the two teams).
I agree the Huskies could be better this year. But while I really like the potential of Jake Locker , he’s still just a redshirt freshman. Starting such an inexperiened QB is dicey in the best of situations. But a rebuilding team like UW against a schedule like the Huskies face obviously presents a lot of additional challenges.
Also, as I’ve pointed out here before, every other team except for WSU returns even more starters than the Huskies, and most also return a veteran QB, generally one of the biggest indicators of a successful season, meaning there are a lot of teams out there that have reason to think they will be better this season.
Basically, I just think the Pac-10 is as strong this year as it has been in some time, which will make it hard for the Huskies to move up the ladder very few.

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