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October 14, 2007 at 3:43 PM

A few day after notes

As I noted in the previous post, had a long and delayed flight so I haven’t had time to peruse the comments much, and may not until later tonight or tomorrow. So if you have some specific questions, I’ll try to get to them in the next day or two.
Here are a few other day-after notes and thoughts:
— The Ducks are 10-point favorites Saturday, a spread that actually seems low to me, but may be taking into account Oregon’s injuries.
— Wondering now if UW will be favored more than twice the rest of the season. Figure they will be against Arizona and WSU at home, but the Stanford game right now is hard to read and the opponent figures to be favored in the rest.
— UW is now 4-24 in Pac-10 games since the beginning of the 2004 season, a statistic that just seems mindboggling to write. The wins are two at Arizona, at Washington State and UCLA. (Fixed the earlier error there).
— UW has been outscored 105-41 in the second halves of the last five games. That includes the scoreless second half against Boise State, meaning it also works to say UW has been outscored by that number in the last four games.
— UW has allowed 2,001 yards of total offense the last four games.
— Here’s a telling quote from ASU linebacker Mike Nixon about what the Sun Devils’ plan was against UW’s offense. “Their offense revolved around him (Jake Locker) and we knew we needed to take him out and make him throw it. Bottom line, he’s a redshirt freshman. We knew he could run so we had to take what he does away, It worked.” Locker’s 10-28 passing was his season-worst, and his 48 yards rushing was a season low.
— ASU gained 523 total yards and did so playing much of the game without its top running back (Ryan Torain) and top receiver (Mike Jones). Torain left early in the second quarter with a foot injury and Jones suffered a concussion in the first quarter.
— The Huskies blitzed as much as they have all season, and while it paid off at times, ASU also hit some big plays against it. “We got blitzed a lot tonight,” ASU QB Rudy Carpenter told the East Valley Tribune. “But we hit big plays. That’s the best thing we can keep doing.”

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