Football season truly appears upon us this morning as it’s gray, wet and trending toward cold, with the forecast calling for more of the same through the weekend. We’ll see if that matters football-wise in 36 hours or so. On with the links. …
— For my main story for today I wrote about ASU and coach Dennis Erickson’s struggles to get the program turned around.
— Bud Withers has his Pac-10 rankings and predictions and picks ASU to beat UW.
— Nice feature on Nate Williams from GoHuskies.com.
— Jeff Metcalfe of the Arizona Republic breaks down the game and picks UW 34-30.
— Here’s the AP preview of the game.
— ESPN.com’s Greg Biggins has more on Joseph Gray’s commitment to UW with some quotes from Gray. Notably, he quotes Gray saying:
“I’ve known Coach Sark for awhile now since he was at USC and he said he knew who I was since I was in the eighth grade. My coaches told me UTEP and San Jose State were about to offer me and San Diego State and Wyoming were showing a lot of interest as well but I’m all done with recruiting now. I told one of our coaches to call everyone up and tell them to stop recruiting me because I’m a Husky now and I’m very excited to be playing in the Pac-10.”
— Here’s a story from last summer on Dorsey High switching to a passing attack to take advantage of the skills of Gray.
— Nice photo of Gray here as well as a recounting of his stats to date.
— Also a nice feature on UW commit Kameron Jackson from Gazette.com.
— The Arizona Republic offers a feature on standout ASU punter Trevor Hankins, as well as some personnel updates at the bottom.
— Arizona Republic columnist Paola Boivin says it’s time for Vontaze Burfict to grow up.
— Here’s the USA Today team page on Arizona State with some good info on the Sun Devils.
— Yet another betting service that says to take the Sun Devils.
— A new ESPNU 150 is out with a few Huskies on the list, led by Kasen Williams at No. 62.
All for now.