The picture to the right is of the last time Nebraska paid a visit to Husky Stadium, in 1997, when Brock Huard was UW’s quarterback (though not for long in this game as he was knocked out early, and in the first signficant playing time of his career, Marques Tuiasosopo came in to lead a surprising comeback that fell just short).
That game is worth recalling today since Rivals.com rates this year’s return by Nebraska to Husky Stadium No. 8 on its list of the top non-conference games of 2010.
I’d probably disagree with the author a little, however, that the Nebraska game this season could rank as UW’s biggest since the 2002 trip to USC, a contest that’s been pretty well forgotten by everyone and didn’t really have much hype leading into it — each team had lost one of its previous two games (and each already had two losses on the season) and it was only in retrospect that people realized how good that Trojan team was.
Either of the 2002 or 2003 Apple Cups would, I think, have been bigger both in terms of how they were perceived going into it and what happened later. In terms of simple ranking, the last time UW played a game in which team was ranked in the top 20 was the opener at Ohio State in 2003.
And in terms of sheer excitement, it’s easy to forget now how jacked up everyone was for Ohio State’s visit in 2007 with UW coming in at 2-0 and having just beaten Boise State, the first team to do so in more than a year.
But it’s worth the link to indicate how much pub that game could get, especially if the Huskies are able to win at BYU in the opener.
Should that happen, the Nebraska game would probably have the most hype of any UW game since that Ohio State visit in 2007 (that game drew 74,927, the most for any UW game since a 1997 visit by Arizona State).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Interesting stuff out of Los Angeles today that Reggie Bush will be forced to give a deposition in relation to the alleged illegal benefits he received while playing at USC. Brooks of SportsbyBrooks does a nice job laying out how big this could be in terms of the NCAA’s investiation into USC (and backs up what I’ve written on here many times that those who’ve been peeved that the investigation has taken so long may not have been understanding what the real hold-up in the case was. A rush to judgment isn’t always the best thing to find out the truth).
— Rivals.com also has this look at rising salaries for assistant coaches and its research concludes that Nick Holt is the fifth highest-paid assistant in the country.
— Ken Goe of The Oregonian looks at the passing of Al Reser and provides his daily links around the conference.
All for now.
April 14, 2010 at 2:01 PM
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