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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 5, 2007 at 8:46 AM

Wednesday morning notes

Must have been “write about the opponent” day or something today as I wrote about Boise State while the Idaho Statesman published a story about Jake Locker.
Chris Petersen’s comments in the Locker story are the same he made the other day, but again are worth noting.
Petersen has said several times this week that unlike the way the UW-Syracuse game was portrayed in some circles — that the Huskies fooled the Orange with some of the new wrinkles in the offense — that instead, Washington (specifically Locker) was just physically superior. Petersen says in his review of the film, Syracuse had things defended, but that they just couldn’t catch up to Locker and Louis Rankin.
If so, that’s actually a great sign for the Huskies. Winning through physical talent is obviously something that will last longer than winning through scheme.
THOUGHTS ON MICHIGAN-APP STATE: Anyone else stay up to watch the replay of that game last night?
What amazed me is that App State played far from the perfect game. A receiver dropped a sure touchdown, the kicker missed a field goal, the QB threw two awful interceptions. And yet App State, obviously, still won the game. ASU seemed to have great speed and physical talent, especially at its skill positions, and Michigan often seemed a step slow.
Had me wondering if the old saw about the Big Ten being a little slow afoot (something that was also glaringly evident in the Rose Bowl last year) isn’t still true, and if maybe that doesn’t portend some positive signs for UW’s matchup with Ohio State next week.
What the Michigan loss also indicated is how dumb it can be to go for two points fairly early in the game. Michigan failed on two two-point conversions in fluky circumstances — the QB dropping the ball once while trying to get the play started, the other when an RB slipped and fell — and that proved the difference in the ball game. That, and also having two FGs blocked in the final three minutes.

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