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July 31, 2009 at 2:33 PM

July answers, volume 14

Running out of the month, but not out of questions. …
Q: With the Pac-10 TV agreement ending in 2011-12, do you foresee any large changes (such as, will they switch networks)? What impacts that kind of decision? I live in Las Vegas and watched every game last year due to Fox’s great coverage.
A: It’s still a little early to really know exactly what will happen — still a year or two away from when you would think negotiations will really get serious. But obviously what the Pac-10 would like is more national exposure and more money — those will be the two driving forces, money probably being the most important of the two.
But if I had to guess, I would bet it may not change a whole lot. The Pac-10 is getting increasing exposure on ESPN, but with FSN being a West Coast-based network and willing to devote so much airtime to the conference, that seems like a hard thing to walk away from.
But who knows exactly what the landscape will look like in a couple of years — if the conference network model really takes off, that may compel the Pac-10 to look even more seriously in that direction (though that’s something that would be in addition to a regular TV deal and not in place of, but it could potentially affect the overall plan of attack).
Another thing to keep in mind, however, is that the availability of the games is only increasing each year in terms of options for getting them via cable or on-line, and figures to only increase with each year. So I wouldn’t start worrying yet any potential change altering how you view the games.
Q: It seems like they are not publishing Husky Schedules as far out as they use to. When are they releasing 2011 and beyond schedules? I remember a few years ago, we knew who we are playing over the next 3-4 years.
A: You are correct that right now, UW’s official site shows schedules only through 2010 (which you can find here). However, it’s no secret who they are playing in 2011 in non-conference — Hawaii and BYU at home and at Nebraska. And in 2012 they are skedded to be at both LSU and BYU in non-conference play — a pretty tough slate there, especially considering that’s also a year when they would have five road non-conference games, assuming the conference stays on the current rotation. (Here’s a good source of future schedules for all college football teams).
But as always, TV considerations come into play and always best these days to write future schedules in pencil — especially when it comes to the dates of games — as things can change.
Q: Taking the entire team from top to bottom into account, how would you rate the talent level of this team from freshman to senior compared to the rest of the Pac-10? Probably difficult to answer without knowing the other rosters intimately, but would love to get your take.
A: You are right in that I don’t profess to have a scouts’ type of knowledge of all 10 teams from player one to 85. But frankly, at the moment I’m not sure if I did something like that it would differ much from the ballot I turned in for the pre-season Pac-10 poll, in which I had UW ninth. There’s no question I would have USC first and WSU 10th, just as I had in the poll, and I would also have Cal second, as I did in the poll. The one team that might go up a lot would be UCLA, which I had eighth in my poll in part due to questions over the QB (just so little difference between 4-8 in the conference this year that things like QB experience may make all the difference). So yes, that means I would put UW at near the bottom of the conference right now in talent. Don’t know how you can’t considering 14 straight losses and what are still huge personnel question marks everywhere. The perception of that could obviously change quickly — college football players can improve markedly in a year given the physical and mental maturation that takes place during ages 18-22. That is obviously the great hope for this team that a new coaching staff and the maturation of a lot of young players leads to a quick turnaround (and I should add that UW obviously has a great talent at the most important position, QB, in Jake Locker that could potentially mitigate some problems elsewhere). But this is still a roster that includes two of the lowest-rated classes in school history, which is also hard to ignore.
Q: Ao you happen to know how many games LSU quarterback Jordan Jefferson started last season? I know he took over for Jarrett Lee, but I’m wondering at what point in the season that happened.
A: Jefferson, now a sophomore, started only the final two games of last season for LSU a 31-30 loss to Arkansas and a 38-3 win over Georgia Tech in the Chick-Fil-A Bowl. Here are his stats. The Arkansas game was on the road and the other neutral site, so Jefferson does have experience playing in unfriendly or neutral surroundings. He was a combined 25-46 for 285 yards, three TDs and no interceptions in those two games, and also ran 29 times for 75 yards.
All for now.

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