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December 1, 2010 at 8:15 AM

Live chat at noon — and Wednesday morning notes and links

It’s been a while since we had a live chat — I think the pre-game of the UCLA contest — and lots has changed sine then. So, time for another live chat at noon today.
Now, on to the links, and I’ll start with my story today looking at UW’s defense, which has put up some solid numbers the last two games. Obviously, UW has played two struggling offenses in its last two games (what can probably be argued are the two worst offenses in the conference right now). But facts are UW made each look as bad or worse than it had been, and that hasn’t always been the case.
UW’s improved play the last few weeks is illustrated in a few stats. Consider that after the Oregon game, UW ranked 110th nationally in defense, allowing 440 yards per game. Now, UW is 85th, allowing 400.55. UW was 118th in rushing defense after the Oregon game (219.56) and now is 108th (206.82) and has gone from 91st in pass defense efficiency (rating of 139.38) to 54th (124.57) and 71st in pass defense (220.44 yards per game) to 31st (193.73). (You can find all of UW’s national team ratings here).
As my story notes, UW’s task will be different this week with the Cougars having a solid passing game but a statistically deficent (if improving) running attack. It could be argued, however, that WSU has the best offense of these last three teams UW has had to beat to get to a bowl, something that wouldn’t have seemed likely even a month ago.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
Steve Kelley has a nice column today on UW senior safety Nate Williams.
— To complement our Apple Cup coverage, we’re looking at the top QB performances of all-time in this game for each team. Today we look at the fourth-best.
Bud Withers examines whether Paul Wulff will be back.
— In his weekly Pac-10 notebook, Withers also looks at some of the problems circling USC.
— This appears to be an historic day as I seem to be getting my links up before Vince Grippi in Spokane. So as I type this, all I can pass along from him is his post last night which also includes a link to Wulff’s press conference yesterday.
— The Arizona Daily Star’s weekly Pac-10 notebook highlights Sarkisian’s call against Cal.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has Mason Foster No. 4 on his list of candidates for Pac-10 Defensive Player of the Year.
— BetFirms.com picks UW 23-17.
All for now.

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