The overwhelming theme of the Monday before the first game of the season was the desire to start out 1-0.
So that’s what I wrote about for my main story for Tuesday’s paper.
Obviously, the lean years of the mid-2000s lent themselves to lots of bad streaks that the Huskies have broken, or appear on the verge of breaking, now that the Steve Sarkisian era is entering year three.
As detailed in the story, UW’s lackluster record in openers of late (2-7 since 2001) is due in part to playing a lot of heavyweights, often on the road.
Those included: 2002 loss at Michigan; 2003 loss at Ohio State; 2008 loss at Oregon; 2010 loss at BYU. Also in that mix was a 2009 loss at home to LSU.
This opener appears different, on paper. The goal now is to also make it different on the field.
IN HUSKY NEWS. …
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer writes about Keith Price, who will make his debut as the undisputed UW Husky start on Saturday.
— Mason Kelley details the stacked group of offensive linemen in the state of Washington this year.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller takes a look at the first week of games in the Pac-12.
— Here’s the report from UW’s official site on Monday’s press conference. Cody Bruns, by the way, wore jersey No. 3 Monday, that of EWU’s Greg Herd, part of his new duties on the scout team now that he is redshirting.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller calls UW-Oregon one of the biggeest games in the Pac-12 this year.
— Here’s Eastern Washington’s official release on the game.
— Here, again, is a link to the pointspread, showing UW favored by 18. You can also see just how many games there are between FBS and FCS teams this weekend.
— Haven’t seen any former Huskies on the Transactions list yet. You can keep tabs on it here.
— A reminder that we will have a live chat Thursday at noon with myself and Bud Withers, who is starting up a new Pac-12 blog this season. I also may fit in one somewhere else focused just on the Huskies.
AROUND PAC-12/COLLEGE FOOTBALL
— The San Jose Mercury News says the pressure is on Cal coach Jeff Tedford.
— The LA Times has a preview of USC.
— No Huskies, but a few Pac-12 guys on SI.com’s pre-season All-America team.
— The two Hawaii players involved in an altercation over the weekend have been suspended for the team’s opener this week against Colorado, but it’s unclear if they will play the following week at Washington.
— Speaking of Hawaii, Jon Wilner picks the Warriors to win the WAC this season.
— Oregon State could be without five starters this weekend.
— They are getting pretty darn excited in Utah for the Pac-12 era to begin.
— Arizona is going to be quite a bit younger this year.
— Here’s a preview of the team former Husky Nigel Burton is putting together at Portland State for this year. Portland State will play UW in 2012.
— Lots of WSU notes and Pac-12 links from Vince Grippi.
— The Cougars open against Idaho State and former UW WR Anthony Boyles, shown here making a catch in a recent scrimmage.