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June 6, 2011 at 10:46 AM

Monday links — Analyzing UW’s schedule, and more

We’ll start the links today with Ted Miller’s piece breaking down UW’s schedule in 2011.

Miller,’s Pac-12 blogger, says it’s another tough schedule but that he thinks UW will ultimately get back to another bowl game.

Miller cites the Hawaii game as UW’s “trap game.” I was asked this question on the chat last week and responded instead with Colorado at home on Oct. 15. Miller may have a better point in that UW will be a fairly heavy favorite to defeat Hawaii, which notoriously doesn’t play well off the islands and has a massive offensive and defensive overhaul on its hands after going 10-3 last season. QB Bryant Moniz is back, but an awful lot of other key players are gone.

I picked Colorado more because I think that’s a game most will expect UW to win (though not by the margin of the Hawaii game) but will potentially be a lot more dangerous than some might think. No one figures the Buffs to be great in 2011. But as should be expected of a BCS team, there’s some good front-line talent there (RB Rodney Stewart might have had the quietest 1,318-yard season in the nation a year ago, LB Jon Major could be one of the best in the conference, to name two). And who knows how the Buffs will respond to new coach Jon Embree? Maybe there’s a lot more there than was apparent the last year or so as the team played under the seemingly constant cloud of a pending coaching change (or maybe there’s not, who knows right now?)

UW hosts Colorado following a bye week, which usually favors the team coming off the bye. And Colorado will have also just played at Stanford the following week, which should also help UW.

But a trap game implies a contest in which one team is favored fairly significantly and only a few really fit that bill this year. The only games in which that would figure to be the case right now would be Eastern Washington, Hawaii, WSU (and no cross-state rivalry game is ever a trap game by the definition of the term) and maybe Colorado. UW will probably also be favored against Cal and Arizona at home, but probably not by a lot — at the moment, those games look pretty much like toss-ups with the oddsmakers likely giving UW the edge for homefield. And UW could be the underdog in its other six games — at Nebraska, at Utah, at Stanford, Oregon at home, at USC and at Oregon State.

The schedule, to be sure, is easier than most recent years due to the opening two games. But it’s far from easy.


— A little bit more on the Pac-12 meetings this weekend.

— reports that WSU has landed a commitment from Federal Way LB Jordan Pulu, the younger brother of former Husky Andru Pulu, who was kicked off the team following the 2009 season for his involvement in an on-campus assault. Andru Pulu is now at Eastern and eligible to play against UW in September. UW had not offered Jordan Pulu.

— A quick-and-easy look at who has kickers and punters returning in 2011 and who doesn’t.
— Miller also has an assessment of the news that former USC assistant Todd McNair is suing the NCAA.

All for now.



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