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September 3, 2009 at 3:53 PM

A couple of answers, and a pick

Okay, first a couple of answers to what were popular questions on the chat today that I didn’t know at the time:
— First, a UW official says today that ALL LOTS open at 7 a.m. Saturday. That’s ALL LOTS. And sorry if that seems smart-alecky, but just trying to make sure that’s clear since I got a lot of questions about it. Plus, figuring that’s the size type you may need to read this by, say, noon Saturday if you really show up at 7 a.m. You could pre-func about three times in that span.
— Next, the game will feature Pac-10 officials. In fact, every UW game this year will have Pac-10 refs, including the contest at Notre Dame (and I think it’s because a Big Ten crew came here for last year’s game). In general, the Pac-10 uses its officials for home games and those of the opposing team on the road in non-conference action, and that’s the case with the UW-LSU series.
— Finally, there will indeed be some significant changes to some of the pre-game and in-game routines. However, UW officials want to keep them as much of a surprise as possible so they aren’t giving much away. What I was told is that some of the new looks will include a new third-down defensive stop tradition, the 20-minute warning siren (to clear people out of The Zone), a new stadium entrance, starting lineups being highlighted on the video board, the new mascot, new uniforms, high energy, video board montage of great husky moments etc. And if you have specific questions about any of those, you’ll have to wait until Saturday as that’s what I got for now.
AND NOW, A PICK
And yes, we have a real, live, actual Pac-10 game tonight with Oregon at Boise State, and I will continue my tradition of picking every conference game again this year. In a change, however, what I will also do is keep tabs of my season record both straight-up and against the spread. And what I will usually use is the Daily Line published in The Seattle Times, well, daily. The spread for the Oregon-Boise State game is Broncos by three-and-a-half, and it’s dropped by two points since it opened, money coming in big on the Ducks to at least cover. I, too, am going with Oregon. I just think the Ducks are a little bigger and faster across the board and will be more prepared for BSU’s passing offense this year than last season, when the Broncos won in Eugene. I also wonder how Boise State will handle all the hype of this game — seems like the pressure’s on the Broncos to win or else have no shot at the BCS, and most in town are calling this the biggest game ever played in Boise. Despite winning last year, BSU couldn’t run on the Ducks, and I think that will be a factor again this time. So call it OREGON 34, BSU 27.
And speaking of that game, I’m planning to have the kids in bed and happy to chat with whoever is out there at 9 p.m. So we’ll call this one of our informal, impromptu chats, where we can talk about the Oregon-BSU game, but also continue the discussion of UW and LSU.

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