Hard to avoid a sense of deja vu as we enter yet another Washington-Nebraska game week — now I know how Danny O’Neil feels.
That the two teams are getting set to play for a third time in less than a calendar year is obviously a central topic this week. My take on it for today’s paper was to also look at the revenge factor. Did UW have it for the Holiday Bowl? Will Nebraska have it now? Did it matter then? Will it matter now?
It’s hard to believe it didn’t matter then and won’t matter now, if not so much on gameday but during the week of preparation. That’s when college football games are really most often won or lost — during the week of preparation. Just look at what a different team UW was last week against Hawaii. So if UW didn’t get Nebraska’s best shot last December, it will now. As Steve Sarkisian said yesterday, UW has to make sure it’s able to give Nebraska its best shot, as well.
IN OTHER HUSKY NEWS. …
— The official school site says there will be no let up in intensity (though I’m waiting for the day an official school site someday had a headline saying the opposite).
— CoachSark’s site has some pictures of Monday’s practice.
— ESPN Classic is replaying the 2010 Holiday Bowl today at 2 p.m.
— Bud Withers looks at who is hot and who is not in the Pac-12 this week.
— Big Red Today reports a Nebraska player says UW “talked more trash” than any team the Cornhuskers played against last year. So yes, UW seems to have Nebraska’s attention now.
— Bo Pelini is still mad about his team’s defensive performance against Fresno State.
— Husker Extra talks to a UW official about what it takes to send a visiting team to Nebraska.
— Here’s a roundup of items from Big Red Today.
— A Husker extra columnist says the Nebraska defense is in for a rough week of practice.
— Pelini said Monday he’s not sure if cornerback Alfonzo Dennard will be able to play against UW, though if you read Sarkisian’s comments, he’s flat-out expecting that Dennard will play. Dennard is the one who picked off a Jake Locker pass and returned it for a touchdown in the game in Seattle last year.
— Ted Miller says Chris Polk’s Heisman status is still trending up.
— As might have been expected, the line is dropping a bit, down to 16.5 points at some books.
— Athlon’s has UW fifth in its Pac-12 power ratings this week.
AROUND THE PAC-12/COLLEGE FOOTBALL. …
— LA Times columnist T.J. Simers says he’s bummed Rick Neuheisel is no longer talking to the crowd after UCLA games.
— Here’s a look at the new uniforms Stanford and a few other teams will be wearing later this year. At some point, though, the whole uniform thing has got to stop.
— More on the Las Vegas ramifications of the weird USC-Utah ending.
— ESPN rates the conferences.
— Oregon State is off this week but has more evident issues than an episode of Celebrity Rehab.
— Jon Wilner grades Cal, the team UW will host on Sept. 24.
— The Eugene Register-Guard with a Pac-12 notebook.
UPDATE, 8:40 — Interesting stuff out of Austin today on the Big 12 implosion and what Texas may do. And whatever the Longhorns decide is what will set off the domino that could impact the Pac-12.
All for now.