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July 14, 2009 at 12:47 PM

Tuesday afternoon links

A few lists — perfect fodder for the news vacuum that is July in college sports — carry us through this entry. …
— First is this ranking of Pac-10 offensive skill players from CollegeFantasyFootballInsider.com. (And we’ll excuse the typo on Steve Emtman’s name). Included are some interesting rankings of UW players as Jake Locker is No. 1 among QBs with a projection of 18 TDs to 10 interceptions and a completion percentage of 55, as well as 12 rushing touchdowns and 743 rushing yards. That’s 30 TDs just for Locker — the entire UW team had just 19 last season. The site also ranks Chris Polk 10th at running back with 608 yards on 124 carries and five total TDs; D’Andre Goodwin third at WR with 50 catches; Kavario Middleton ninth among TEs with 24 catches; Erik Folk ninth among kickers (10-18 on field goals); and the UW defense seventh overall allowing 29.9 points per game (and ahead of Arizona, UCLA and WSU).
— Thanks to the Wiz of Odds for another tip to an interesting link, this one from CollegeGameBalls.com, which has a “by the numbers” look at the last five seasons in college football. No surprise that UW shows up poorly, ranked ahead of just four other teams in that span with a record of 12-47 (the teams below UW are Utah State, Temple, Idaho and Duke). Some might question the 0-23 ranking against AP Top 25 teams in that span as UW officially considers the win over Boise State in 2007 as a win over a ranked team — the Broncos were No. 22 in the coaches poll that week. The last win over an AP Top 25 team is the 2003 Apple Cup when the Cougs were ranked No. 8. Mostly, it’s just more vivid evidence of how far down UW has been the last five years — and why it may take a few more years to get back up.
— The Sporting News, meanwhile, has this ranking of the top coaches in college football. The top five are Urban Meyer, Nick Saban, Pete Carroll, Bob Stoops and Brian Kelly. Also interesting to see Tom O’Brien listed as “five with sights on the top five.” O’Brien was among the other finalists in 2004 when UW instead hired Tyrone Willingham. Makes you wonder how history might have changed had the Huskies been able to get O’Brien, instead. Almost surely not 12-47.
All for now.

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