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October 15, 2009 at 8:51 AM

Thursday a.m. links

Mason Foster, Pac-10 picks, points spread trends, and more. …
— For my story today I wrote about Mason Foster, who has gone from unheralded recruit to one of UW’s better linebackers in quite a while. As noted in the story, UW fans have former OC Tim Lappano to thank for Foster’s presence. Having just worked for the 49ers, he was pretty aware of the area and said he always made it a point to check out the Monterey peninsula schools. He saw Foster early on and UW was the first Pac-10 school to offer him a scholarship. Oregon apparently got in the picture pretty late, as did Colorado, but Foster said he remained loyal to UW since it was the first school to really show interest in him. As noted in the story, even nearby San Jose State took quite a while to offer him a scholarship, by which point he was basically headed to UW.
— Some interesting comments from Steve Sarkisian in this ESPN story on the USC-Notre Dame game, two teams UW has obviously already played. He says of Notre Dame that “we kind of went toe-to-toe with them and we shouldn’t have been able to do that, in reality. It would be interesting to see if USC’s physical dominance shows up. In my opinion, it should. Our 11 guys, and SC’s 11, SC’s are a lot better.”
— The Arizona Republic reports that ASU PK Thomas Weber could be back for Saturday’s game.
— ASU’s top two WRs — Kyle Williams (hamstring) and Chris McGaha (flu) — have each been limited in practice this week, forcing the team to take the redshirt off true freshman Jamal Miles. Also noted in the story is that CB Omar Bolden, one of the best ASU has, is unlikely to play due to a knee injury. Here’s another version of that info.
— ESPN’s Ted Miller picks ASU to win, citing the Devils’ big edge on defense. He also has a couple of items on the game in his weekly “What to Watch” column.
Nick Daschel picks ASU by almost the same score as Miller.
— Interesting look at recent point spread trends from The Wiz of Odds — UW was the third-worst team against the spread from 2000-2008. Not a huge surprise given the last few years, but shows how UW’s name value probably helped inflate a few spreads in its favor, at least early in the decade. UW was 1-11 against the number last year, which also obviously impacted that stat. UW’s only winning record against the spread this decade came in 2006 (6-5-1).
— Here’s a good update on Oregon from The Oregonian, with the Ducks having a week off to rest and prepare for the Huskies. Sounds like it’s still uncertain whether Jeremiah Masoli will be able to play.
All for now.

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