Maybe the most interesting thing out there this morning is this piece from Jon Wilner that the Pac-12 would prefer not to expand andn is hoping the Big 12 will stay together.
As Wilner states, the Pac-12 has all it wants right now, having gotten a mammoth TV deal recently, and would prefer some stability for now. And that makes a lot of sense.
But the Pac-12, as Larry Scott has stated all along, also made the last move to expansion in part to be well-positions in case there was further shifting. So for now, sounds like the Pac-12 is in wait-and-see mode, hoping that the status quo will reign for a little while.
IN HUSKY NEWS. …
— Here’s my wrapup of Steve Sarkisian’s remarks at his Monday press conference. Unquestionably, Sarkisian had an agenda with his remarks to set a tone for the week and send a message to his players, and how the team responds now becomes the theme of the week, as well. This is a pivotal game for UW — 2-0 is obviously one heck of a lot better than being 1-1 and questioning itself heading to Lincoln. It all only adds to the intrigue of this game.
— Times columnist Jerry Brewer says the Huskies are now competing against a higher standard.
— Here’s a link to the podcast of Monday’s Husky Roundtable, if you missed it,
— Here’s the report from UW’s official site.
— Pre-Snap Read has UW 47th nationally this week.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says Chris Polk’s Heisman stock is trending up.
— Miller also drops UW to seventh in his Pac-12 power rankings.
— Here’s a transcript of Hawaii coach Greg McMackin’s press conference on Monday, saying he assumes UW has better players than Colorado, among other things.
— This is a pay story, as is just about everything in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser — which will make it tough to link much on the Warriors this week — but columnist Ferd Lewis is in town and wrote today about the revival of the Husky program under Sarkisian. Here’s where you can get all of their coverage, though again, it’s mostly pay stuff.
— Washington’s now favored by five against Hawaii.
— The Spokesman-Review writes about a somewhat overlooked aspect of Saturday’s game — Eastern’s faulty clock management at the end of the first half that might have cost it a chance at a touchdown.
— Here’s Bud Withers’ take on the first week of Pac-12 play.
Finally, here are some more highlights of the game:
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