Yes, it’s a Gameday Thursday morning, something that I doubt will be too common in the future for UW, but may not be completely foreign, either.
Like it or not, such moves are becoming increasingly par for the course in college football. The networks (read, ESPN) want the weeknight games, and they get good ratings since they basically have no competition in the time slot, which helps the conferences when they go to negotiate new TV deals. As the new Pac-12 negotiates some new deals beginning early next year, get ready for just about anything in terms of football and basketball scheduling. Schools can say no, but then they’d likely watch as a rival took that spot instead, getting the added exposure that comes with it.
So while this game is the first of its kind at Husky Stadium, not sure it’s necessarily the last (though it is the last for Jake Locker, pictured at right in a Dean Rutz photo from the Syracuse game). That said, on with the links. …
— Here’s my preview, examining how the tenor of this game has changed since it was originally scheduled last April.
— GoHuskies.com has a nice story on the seniors who will be honored tonight.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says UW and UCLA are almost mirror images in their inconsistency.
— He also picks the Huskies to win, 28-24.
— Jon Wilner, however, picks UCLA.
— The LA Times says the Bruins are wary of chasing around Jake Locker.
— SBRForum.com says to take the Huskies.
— The Times also notes that UCLA is running out of time to get bowl eligible (though it’s got a little more than UW has).
— Lots of stuff on the ESPN-LA UCLA blog.
— Lots of Pac-10 links from Ken Goe.
— Good column from Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic who says the Pac-10 must crack down on apparent conflict of interest among its officials.
November 18, 2010 at 8:59 AM
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