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October 17, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Saturday afternoon musings

I see a few of you are hanging out on the blog this afternoon watching the games — great to have you.
I’m here with Times columnist Jerry Brewer sitting in an establishment not far from Sun Devil Stadium doing the same — keeping tabs on about five games at once.
We maybe should be outside enjoying the weather but it is frankly dang hot out — nearing 100 — and this isn’t a bad alternative.
Too early to know yet what to make of the two Pac-10 games in action other than that I wouldn’t expected Cal land UCLA to combine for 55 points and roughly 650 yards in one half. Just watch — they’ll probaly combine for six points in the second.
As for the Huskies, I thought of a few questions to ponder as we all wait for kickoff:
— Will the Huskies return a punt tonight? I don’t mean for a TD, but will they simply return a punt, UW has just two returns this season, tied with Western Kentucky — interestingly enough, Brewer’s alma mater — for the fewes t in the nation. UW hasn’t been bad when it has gotten returns, going for 23 and 14 yards. But consider that USC has 216 punt return yards this season, and Oregon 212. A lot of yards there the Huskies could be getting.
— Will UW get another defensive TD? The Huskies have had one defensive TD in each of the last three games, which the school says is a first since at least 1947, which is as far back as detailed play-by-plays go to try to figure it out. ASU hadn’t been turnover prone until last week — it had three in the first four games, then six against WSU in Pullman.
— Will the game again finish 44-20? Oddly enough, the last two UW-ASU games down here have finished with the Sun Devils winning by that not-too-common score. I’m not expecting a three-peat — not too sure we’ll get close to 64 combined points tonight. In fact, the over-under is just 47.5.
— Will ASU miss a field goal? In another amazing stat, UW opponents are 17-17 on field goals this season — that’s two more field goals against than any other team in the country (Tennessee is next at 15). It may depend on whether Thomas Weber can kick for the Sun Devils. He has missed the last four games with a groin injury but could kick tonight.
More later from the stadium.

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