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September 1, 2010 at 8:25 AM

Wednesday links — BYU remains favored by three

Roughly three days to kickoff now and the spread for Saturday’s game at BYU has basically gone unchanged, with the Cougars remaining favored by three.
That means the oddmakers essentially see the game as a pick ’em, three points usually what is given to the home team for having the homefield advantage.
And really, it’s not hard to fathom why outsiders would struggle to know what to make of this game.
UW seems vastly improved and has maybe the most explosive offensive weapon in the country in Jake Locker. But the Huskies haven’t won a road game since 2007, losing 12 in a row dating to a victory at Stanford on Nov. 3 of that year.
BYU, meanwhile, may be rebuilding a bit. But the Cougars are 49-15 in Bronco Mendenhall’s five-year tenure, 25-5 at home.
My Times colleague Bud Withers, however, is confident in the Huskies, picking UW to wini 38-23 today in the first of his weekly picks.
And so is The Sports Network, picking UW to win, 31-23.
We’ll start to see a lot more picks over the next few days and I’ll pass those on, as well. As for mine, I usually wait until late Thursday or Friday to unveil it here (so you’ll just have to wait until then to see which way I’ve gone, then bet the other way).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
Kavario Middleton made his transfer to Montana official yesterday when he participated in his first practice with the Grizzlies.
— For my story for today’s paper I wrote about UW MLB Cort Dennison returning home this weekend while also making his debut in stepping in for Donald Butler in the middle.
— The Salt Lake Tribune also has a story on Dennison along with a few other notes.
— Former Seattle Times writer Les Carpenter, now with Yahoo.com, was in Seattle last week and penned a nice profile of Jake Locker.
— A lot of stuff on UW in the USA Today team notes package.
— Withers also has this look around the Pac-10.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller takes a look at Washington’s defense.
— The big story in Provo yesterday was the news of the school’s pending move to Independence for football, and to the WCC for other sports (more here). Hard to know if this will impact the players in any way Saturday. You wouldn’t think it really would since I may not even impact a lot of players, and may seem so far in to the future for others to worry about now.
Jon Wilner with more thoughts on BYU’s move and other expansion-related topics.
— The Arizona Daily Star has UW sixth in its first weekly Pac-10 power ratings.
— ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins had some recruiting news yesterday. First, he noted that LB Corey Waller of Long Beach Poly lists UW as his favorite and will visit Washington for the Nebraska game (shaping up as a big recruiting weekend with a number of key recruits in town). He also had more on the commitment of Joel Willis, quoting him saying that he may make a trip to Nebraska but consideres himself a solid commit to UW. The Orange County Register recently called Willis “one of the best-kept secrets in the country.”
— We also had this profile of Auburn lineman Danny Shelton in our paper today, though it focuses on his high school career with no real news on his recruiting. He’s expected to take official visits in the fall and won’t be making a decision anytime soon.
— Lots of links around the Pac-10 from Vince Grippi.
All for now.

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