Here’s the first in our annual series reviewing what the college footballl pre-season magazines have to say about the Huskies.
We start with The Sporting News, since that was the first one to hit the shelves at my local bookstore (and sadly, I have just one now after another recently went out of business).
In the good news department for the Huskies, the magazine picked both Chris Polk and Jermaine Kearse to its All-Pac-12 team. Kearse was also named a third-team All-American, so in essence the magazine considers him one of the six best WRs in the country.
Otherwise, not a lot of mention of UW in the national section.
The Huskies receive kind of a mixed review in the magazine’s Pac-12 preview (written by Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News). UW is awarded an up arrow for a program whose stock is on the rise, but picked fourth in the Pac-12 North behind Stanford (which is picked to win the conference and go to the Rose Bowl), Oregon (slated for the Fiesta Bowl) and Oregon State (Sun Bowl). TSN does not project UW making it to a bowl, also predicting Utah to the win the South and qualify for the Holiday Bowl and Arizona State to go to the Alamo Bowl (and I guess that means the magazine is predicting a Utah at Stanford Pac-12 title game, probably not the most ratings-grabbing matchup imaginable).
Austin Seferian-Jenkins is picked as the conference’s “Top Impact Frosh,” but no other UW players were mentioned in the magazine’s “Rating the Pac-12” section.
The preview story of UW notes that “despite losing star quarterback Jake Locker, optimism abounds at Washington” and that “they are well stocked at the skill positions and have talent on both lines.”
But it’s the uncertainty over how productive the QB spot will be that has the magazine hesitant to pick UW for a bowl as TSN concludes in its “game-changer” segment that if one of Washington’s QBs “emerges as a steay performer — and avoids game-losing mistakes — then Washington could return to the post-season.”
TSN picks LSU to win the national title and has Oklahoma at two, followed by Alabama, Stanford, Oregon, Boise State, Florida State, Ohio State, Texas A&M and Nebraska.
Utah is ranked No. 22 and Arizona State No. 24 of other Pac-12 teams.
Other Pac-12 players on TSN’s All-America teams are: First team — Stanford QB Andrew Luck, Oregon RB LaMichael James, Stanford OL David DeCastro, Arizona State LB Vontaze Burfict and Oregon CB Cliff Harris; Second team — Arizona WR Juron Criner, Oregon State safety Lance Mitchell and Stanford safety Delano Howell; Third team — Cal safety Sean Cattouse (along with Kearse).