Time to review what the voters had to say in our poll from Friday, asking when it was fair to expect UW to return to the Rose Bowl.
The year 2013 won by a pretty wide margin, getting 48 percent of the vote (as I type this Monday morning).
The 2013 season would be Steve Sarkisian’s fifth, by which time he’d have had four full classes (plus the truncated 2009 class), a season when many of the promising young players now would be juniors and seniors.
Few would argue that five years wouldn’t be enough time for a coach to get his program in place.
The 2013 season would also open with a lot of optimism as that is when the renovated Husky Stadium will debut, the first game on Sept. 7 against Boise State. The Huskies also catch would may be a little bit of a break in the Pac-12 schedule that year, missing USC (as well as Colorado) and, assuming the rotation stays as is, getting five home conference games that year (UW also plays at Illinois that year and still has one non-conference game left to schedule, which will likely not be against a big name).
Some of you think it should happen more quickly, however, with the 2012 season getting 24 percent of the votes. Some of you argue it will take longer, with 2014 getting 22 percent. Few expect it to happen this year, with 2011 getting just 4.5 percent.
The few that expect it to happen this year include those who have put together some of the earliest pre-season polls so far.
The National Football Post released its post-spring Pac-12 rankings and has UW seventh overall, third among teams in the North (most eye-catching there may be its pick of WSU 10th ahead of Cal and Colorado).
Meanwhile, the Deseret News (in Salt Lake City) reports that The Sporting News is picking Stanford to win the Pac-12 North, followed by Oregon, Oregon State, UW, Cal and WSU.
(And yes, we can all agree such picks mean nothing, the game is played on the field, etc. But it’s May, and a lot of time to kill until said games are played, so not much else to do but a lot of conjecturing).
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Hawaii is being picked pretty high in the WAC in some of the early pre-season magazine ratings. Hawaii is UW’s second foe of 2011, coming to Husky Stadium on Sept. 10.
— The BusinessofCollegeSports.com takes a good look at some of the complications of trying to pay players (much better than the scream-fest that was the HBO show during March Madness that didn’t want to venture away from the screaming to try to deal with what are a lot of real issues involved).
— A lot of Pac-12 players on Rivals.com’s list of good players on bad teams (though no Huskies, so assuming Rivals considers UW a good team).
— The Tucson Citizen takes a fan’s view of the new Pac-12 TV deal.
— South Carolina’s defensive coordinator has some issues with hurry-up offenses.
— The Heisman Pundit examines the best positions to play to win said trophy.
All for now.