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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

May 11, 2009 at 12:45 PM

Monday links

And we start with the post-spring Pac-10 rankings of Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News. No real surprises as he has USC first, UW ninth and WSU 10th — I’ll be really surprised if you see too many projections that don’t have the Huskies ninth.
In fact, I’ll be pretty surprised to see many projections that don’t have USC, Cal and Oregon as the top three (though the Bears and Ducks could be switched) and UW and WSU nine and 10. What looks most iffy on paper are the five teams in the middle, all of which look to have some potentially significant weaknesses, but each also with enough to make a case that they could go bowling.
UW’s schedule is interesting in that the Huskies will host what are likely to be the consensus top three teams — USC, Cal and Oregon — obviously playing four of the other seven on the road. It’s tempting to wonder if UW would be better off playing the harder-to-beat teams on the road and the more winnable games at home.
Wilner also has an interesting assessment of Steve Sarkisian, stating what are some pretty common opinions from some people who watched USC a lot the last few years — that the offense wasn’t always a well-oiled machine during his time with the Trojans. All meaning there will be lots of people watching this team for a lot of different reasons this season.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
—- Nick Daschel of Buster Sports examines the heat facing Pac-10 coaches this season and concludes there’s no one in any real immediate danger.
— The Sporting News unveiled its list of the top 100 recruits in the nation for the Class of 2010 over the weekend, slotting Jake Heaps at No. 17. No other in-state player is on the list.
— The New York Times’ college football blog has begun its really good breakdown of each team in ascending order of ranking from 120-1. Today’s entry is on WSU, picked at 114, last in the Pac-10. I pass it because I think all of these will be worth reading, so I’ll try to make a point to link to the entry for each Pac-10 schools as it arrives. Idaho, which UW plays on Sept. 12, was ranked 119.
All for now.

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