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September 18, 2010 at 8:13 AM

Pre-game chat at 10:30, reviewing the GameDay picks, and a few links

The rain of the last few days has continued as a I type this about 8 a.m. Saturday. Planning to get to Husky Stadium early and will be available for a chat beginning at 10:30 a.m. and going for an hour or so.
As I put this together, the ESPN GameDay guys are discussing the game (including a funny scene where UW coach Steve Sarkisian asks if WR Kevin Smith, who showed up to practice this week with a multi-colored hair cut that resembled a mohawk and which appeared copied by Jesse Callier later in the week, had “lost a bet.”
Todd McShay broke the game down, especially the mechanics of Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez, and said the key for UW is to make him throw and that the more he throws the better UW’s chances are today.
Kirk Herbstreit noted that Martinez is 11-14 passing on first down this year, and to look for Nebraska to keep trying to throw on first down today to cross up the Huskies.
Herbstreit ultimately picked Nebraska saying that the Cornhuskers “are too physical for Washington.”
Desmond Howard also picked UW but not before offering some harsh words on Jake Locker. Howard said he was drinking the kool-aid like everyone else about the prospects that Locker will be the No. 1 pick in the NFL Draft until the BYU game when he said he “threw it all back up.” Howard said a top pick plays better than that and that Locker today has another opportunity to prove he deserves that billing, He said this is a big test for Locker to “will his team to victory.” Ultimately, he picked Nebraska but said it is a great test for Locker.
Lee Corso picked Nebraska and said Cornhusker punter Alex Henery will be the key today in establishing field position.
Now, onto some links. …
— Here’s my preview for today’s game, focusing on the opportunity at hand for the Huskies. And here’s the scouting report.
— Here’s the preview from GoHuskies.com, including a printable flip card.
— UW commit Kasen Williams had a big game for Skyline last night with six catches for 137 yards and two TDs in a win over Lake Oswego.
— Sad news from GoHuskies.com about the death of a beloved UW professor and Husky sports fan Ran Hennes. (On a personal note, I didn’t get to know Hennes well, but he would often attend practice and he had always read everything all of us in the media had written, offering a kind comment along the way. He’ll be missed).
— Big Red Today has all you need to enjoy the game from a Nebraska perspective. More preview stuff from the BRT blog.
— HuskerExtra.com looks at Nebraska’s use of the zone-read. HuskerExtra also sizes up the storylines today. And here’s the rest of what HuskerExtra has to offer.
Jim Moore, the Go2Guy, picks UW to win today (though what I really want to know is who The Drill is picking today.) VegasSpreads.com, meanwhile, picks Nebraska.
— Mocking the Draft also says this is a big day for Locker’s NFL standing.
Ted Miller says Cal was unmasked last night (a game that I don’t know whether it’s a bad omen for the Pac-10, or simply more proof of Cal’s fallibility).
— Lots of Pac-10 links from Vince Grippi.
— Finally, to answer one question, Nebraska’s allotment of tickets for this game was 8,000.
Talk to you later from the stadium.

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