First off, we have a winner in the First Annual Seattle Times Husky Football Blog Bowl Extravaganza, and it’s Sittingdaw with a total of 49 points, just two off the national lead of 51.
So way to go Sittingdaw. If you’re reading, I need you to send me your personal info via an e-mail to my personal address here — firstname.lastname@example.org — and at some point I’ll get some sort of prize off to you.
I finished with 33 points, hitting just 18 of 34 bowls, though at least rallying a bit late after a rough start.
Anyway, on to more relevant news. …
— UW coach Steve Sarkisian and QB Jake Locker will hold a press conference today at 1 p.m. to discuss Locker’s decision to stay and whatever else is on their minds. You can watch it on GoHuskies.com. I’m assuming we’ll get some injury news and whatever other personnel news there may be from Sarkisian (and probably a few questions about Locker’s dog since Jim Moore writes that he’ll be in attendance. Now if only we could we get answers from Locker’s dog, then we’ll really have something).
— Thanks to a reader for passing along this note on Donald Butler from The Sporting News, which states that he is rising up the draft charts and could be taken as early as the second round.
— A reminder that Bothell High’s Michael Hartvigson and Colin Porter, who have each committed to UW, will play for Team USA against The World on Jan. 30. Here’s a web site with details on the game.
— Also a reminder that Sione Potoae’ of Lakes and Keanon Lowe of Jesuit High in Portland, each UW commits, will play tomorrow in the US Army All-American Bowl.
— An interesting blog item from the Orange County Register yesterday quoting Kirk Herbstreit as saying that he thinks a major reason for USC’s fall this season was the departure of Sarkisian and Nick Holt to UW.
— The Oregonian’s Ken Goe disagrees with me that Alabama proved itself a definitive national champ and says it’s too bad Boise State didn’t get a chance to make its own case. I agree completely that it’s too bad the BCS system didn’t allow for Boise State to settle the issue on the field. But given the system we have, and what we could see, I just didn’t see anything to make me think Boise State was better, or on the same level, as Alabama. Close, maybe, but the resumes don’t stack up the same. Maybe that’s not Boise State’s fault, but it’s what those of us who voted had to go on this year. Goe also includes lots of other links, including a few departures from USC and Oregon State and the news that WSU will play Eastern Washington in 2012, a year after the Eagles play in Seattle against UW.
— Ted Miller examines the Pac-10’s standing in the final polls and also looks at Oregon’s 2010 depth chart.
— Nick Daschel writes that Oregon will never be a consistent national power in football (one Daschel sentiment I’m sure all UW fans can agree on). He also predicts that UW will be the third-best program in the Pac-10 in the next decade (did some of you guys who keep telling me how much Daschel hates the Huskies slip him a little something recently?)
All for now.