Finally, football is here. Okay, not yet the Huskies, the main priority for most of you, I realize. But football nonetheless — a smattering of games throughout the country including a couple in the Pac-12.
And if it seems like a while since we’ve seen any football, well, it has.
An enterprising reader sent me the following note this week detailing the length between games in college football and why the anticipation of a new year in college football may be greater than for any other sport (and I’m taking him at his word that he did the math correctly):
Time between Holiday Bowl and 2011 season opener: 9 months +
2011 season: 12 games (not counting bowls)
Time per game: roughly 3 hours – total: 36 hours
Actual game-clock time: 60 minutes – new total 12 hours
For all of the eager, daily anticipation college football have _____ (insert your own chosen adjective here… “suffered through” might be a little extreme for most) for the last 9 months, we have an exciting 12 hours of football awaiting us for the 2011 season.
But there’s more, for the true statistician at heart: the game clock in football ticks away between plays…
What is the average length of a play, from snap to whistle? … 5 seconds? OK, that’s close enough for starters. Maybe some stat freak at Berkely could research that further…
How many plays are there in a game, total, including special teams? Ok, a little more ifor some teams. Teamrankings.com shows Oklahoma at no. 1 for 2010 at 87.6 offensive plays per game. Add in a few offensive special teams plays, and you still haven’t reached 100 offensive plays for a top team. OK, so maybe with penalties, we can say a game maxes out at 200 plays, total. Ok, lets go with that.
200 plays X 5 seconds = 1,000 seconds of action/game. That’s 16 minutes, 40 seconds.
12 games = 3 hours 36 minutes of actual football action for the upcoming 2011 season.
Let’s go back to the 36 hours… it sounds much better.
So let college football finally begin again. …
IN HUSKY NEWS. …
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer says the moment is here for UW to prove it is getting closer to being great again.
— Brewer also wrote that he thinks UW will go 7-5 this season.
— One thing we’ll be doing this year every week on Thursday is reviewing what the 1991 team did that same week, as a way to honor the 20th anniversary of that squad. Here’s this week’s entry focusing on the season opening win that year at Stanford.
— In my story for today’s paper, I wrote about Cort Dennison.
— A reminder, we’ll hold a live chat here today at noon with myself and Bud Withers, our college football reporter.
— In his continuing high school preview series, Mason Kelley focuses today on KeiVarae Russell, a running back UW is avidly pursuing.
— This is an ESPN Insider piece, so you have to be a subscriber to get it. It’s the site’s updated 2012 NFL Draft Rankings and lists Alameda Ta’amu No. 9 overall. And on just the Washington page you can see that Chris Polk is 41st overall, Jermaine Kearse 102nd and Senio Kelemete 106th.
— The Spokesman-Review, the only paper that really covers Eastern Washington, has a story on quarterback Bo Levi Mitchell.
— Since Saturday’s game is on ROOT Sports, there is no legal on-line viewing. However, EWU’s radio broadcast will be available on ESPNNorthwest.com.
— A writer for the USC Rivals.com rather ambitiously predicted the final scores for every Pac-12 game this season and has UW at 7-5.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller with some quick notes on the depth charts for the North Division teams.
— The Eugene Register-Guard picks UW to go to the Sun Bowl.
HUSKIES IN THE PROS. …
— Chargers’ beat writer Kevin Acee guesses that the team is going to keep former Husky C.J. Wallace on its final roster, as well as Donald Butler, who is a given to make the team.
— Mason Foster pictured and mentioned in this story.
— Mark Brunell is nursing a pulled calf.
— Former Husky Joe Lobendahn is the CFL’s reigning Defensive Player of the Week.
AROUND THE PAC-12/COLLEGE FOOTBALL. …
— Utah opens tonight against Montana State, a good audition before playing USC and BYU the next two weeks.
— Arizona State, after a rocky off-season, opens tonight against UC-Davis.
— Jon Wilner makes his picks.
— One Texas columnist thinks Texas, Texas Tech, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State may soon be in the Pac-12.
— Here’s a good look at the TV situations for every Pac-12 game this weekend.
— A good profile of Oregon State defensive coordinator Mark Banker.
— BYU may be thinking about moving to the Big 12.
— Ted Miller looks at what to watch for in week one of the Pac-12.
— Here’s USA Today’s Weekend Forecast.
All for now.