Another sign that football is near is the Times’ annual college football section.
It’s included in Sunday’s paper. Among the key items:
— The theme of the overall section is the introduction of the new Pac-12, and Bud Withers has this guide to the new conference.
— Included as part of that package is a comparison of football and athletic department budgets; a tour of each campus provided by a former player; a pick of an iconic player or coach from each school (probably not that hard to guess UW’s); best- and worst-case scenarios for each team in 2011; and good places to visit at each school.
— Columnist Steve Kelley takes a look inside the play-calling mind of Steve Sarkisian.
— Here’s my profile of UW QB Keith Price.
— Columnist Jerry Brewer says this will be a season of transition as the Pac-12 debuts.
— A look at UW’s two-deep roster.
— A fan’s guide to UW football, including ticket prices.
— UW’s schedule with a comment on each game.
— Withers also takes a look at the national scene.
— Finally, here are the predictions by our staff.
IN OTHER UW NEWS
— In our regular section today, I profiled the efforts of Jermaine Kearse to get past the issues with dropped passes he had last season and become more consistent.
— Tom Dinehart of Rivals.com is the latest to wonder if UW can be a sleeper team in the Pac-12.
— The official UW site has this report on the end of training camp.
HUSKIES IN THE NFL. …
Here’s a wrapup of how former UW players performed in NFL pre-season games last night. …
— Jake Locker didn’t get a chance to do much for Tennessee, completing 2-4 passes for 13 yards and running twice for 14 yards.
— Mason Foster had two tackles for Tampa Bay.
— Donald Butler had a good night for the Chargers with a team-high five tackles against the Cardinals.
— No stats for Dorson Boyce, Isaiah Stanback or D’Andre Goodwin in the Seahawks-Broncos game.
AROUND THE PAC-12/COLLEGE FOOTBALL
— Looks like Texas A&M may really be leaving the Big 12, and who knows what that will lead to?
— The Sports Network has a preview of Hawaii, UW’s second foe of 2011.
— Nebraska’s new offensive coordinator wants to speed things up.
— The Arizona Republic offers a good profile of Dennis Erickson.
— A Boulder Daily Camera thinks Colorado will win at UW on Oct. 15.
— The New York Times has its college football preview section out today and you can find a lot of it here.
— Here’s an overall link to the Salt Lake Tribune’s Pac-12 preview.
— The LA Daily News interviews Gus Johnson, FOX’s new Pac-12 announcer.
All for now.