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October 10, 2009 at 9:28 AM

Gameday readings

It’s overcast and feeling like fall as gameday beckons here this morning. But no rain is in the forecast, so should be cool and dry tonight. …
— For my preview story today, I wrote a little about how it seems Arizona has often been the opponent for pivotal moments in UW’s football history — for reasons that just seem fluky or a coincidence as much as anything else. The first game after the Billy Joe Hobert controversy broke? Arizona. The first game after the Curtis Williams tragedy? Arizona. Today could be monumental in its own way as this really feels like a game UW has to win to get to a bowl game this season — which is the team’s goal and would be an amazing accomplishment if achieved. But the ramifications are obvious — get to 3-3 today and .500 the rest of the way, which is definitealy reachable, gets a bowl game. Lose today, and UW would have to win four of six the rest of the way to get to 6-6, obviously a lot less margin for error.
— Here’s the preview box with some nuts and bolts info on the game. Arizona has a lot of key guys on that injured list, but managed to win at Oregon State either without all of them or with minimal contributions from them, so this may be a deeper team than you think coming in here today. But all of those guys, except Rob Gronkowski, is expected back today. (Ted Miller updates all the injuries for Pac-10 guys here).
— Arizona Daily Star columnist Greg Hansen has lots of good notes in his regular gameday column — including a nice one on a Steve Sarkisian tribute to a former UA player during his playing days. And then he picks the Huskies to win by the exact same score I did, 34-31. Great minds and all that, I guess.
— Arizona QB Nick Foles, making just his second start today, says he likes playing on the road, according to the Arizona Daily Star.
— UW commit Deontae Cooper had a pass reception, run, kickoff return and punt return for touchdowns last night.
Nick Montana completed 5-6 passes for 126 yards and three TDs last night before taking a seat early as Oaks Christian beat Jordan 42-7. (And ominous note for UW fans is that the story notes that Jordan’s Princeton Fuimaono, who has committed to UW, is also out with an injury. No details on that in the story, however, so not sure the severity. Jordan QB John Timu is already out for the year with a knee injury and this game would have matched four future UW players if all healthy, Oaks Christian OL Erik Kohler being the other.
— UW commit Jamaal Kearse had an interception return for a TD and Sione Potoa’e a safety in a big Lakes win last night.
— UW commit Zach Fogerson had a TD run for O’Dea in an easy win last night.
— UW commit Keanon Lowe caught a TD for Jesuit in a close win last night (with some video included in the link).
Vince Grippi with lots of links around the conference (as well as the note that former UW coach Keith Gilbertson’s son David may be on his way to earning a scholarship as a QB at WSU and that the Cougars are also recruiting the younger brother of Aaron Rodgers).
I’ll probably try the usual pre-game live chat from the stadium around 6 or so, so watch for that.
All for now.

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