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September 23, 2011 at 8:01 AM

Friday links — Pac-12 opener on the horizon

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One day left now until the Pac-12 opener for the Huskies. And while UW is hoping it doesn’t have to go down to the last play again this year as it did in 2010 (that’s a Dean Rutz picture of Chris Polk’s game-winning score, a memory I imagine Husky fans don’t mind reliving) I think they’d take it.

One thing that will be more of a challenge this year than last season, however, is defending Cal’s QB Zach Maynard, of whom Nick Holt said this week “he’s better then what they played with last year.”

I wrote a little about Maynard and his rather windy road to Cal for today’s paper, a story that also includes a note on former Garfield High star Deandre Coleman, now a reserve on the Bears’ defensive line. Cal’s deep defensive line will also be a challenge tomorrow for the Huskies as the Bears like to rotate in a lot of players and keep guys fresh.

Lots of subplots, indeed, as the Huskies play what is their first official Pac-12 football game Saturday.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

Steve Kelley writes that you’ll soon be able to get No. 17 jerseys at UW.

— UW’s official site features kicker Erik Folk.

— The flip card for the game (which features rosters and depth charts for each team) is also now available. The head referee is Michael Batlan, who has been a Pac-10/12 official for a few years. Among recent UW games he did is the 2007 win at home over Boise State, and the 2009 games against LSU and Arizona. He also did Stanford’s memorable 2007 win at USC.

— I’ll have my regular Friday morning segment with Mitch Levy on KJR-AM around 9:45 a.m.

— Former Husky hoopster Spencer Hawes had some views on UW football when he appeared on the K Kast

— Former UW offensive linemen Kyle Benn and Matt Rogers are discussing Husky football weekly in the WarRoomPodcast.

Ian Furness and Jason Puckett at KJR-AM had an enlightening interview with Larry Scott yesterday (listen here along with a little transcript).

— Episode 2 of the Greatest Moments in Husky Stadium series debuts tonight.

— The San Francisco Chronicle writes about the return to Seattle of Coleman and fellow Cal defensive lineman Trevor Guyton.

— WhatIfSports predicts a 23-22 UW win, and an almost entirely even game in its statistical analysis.

— The game is now a pick ’em in most Vegas books.

— Here’s a game preview from the Cal student paper.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller has this preview of the game.

— The confirmed official visitor for the game (so far) is Shaq Thompson, a safety from Grant High (where he was a teammate last year of current Husky James Sample). Scout.com reports (in a premium story) that Thompson says UW and Cal are his co-leaders. He also says in the story he plans to take all five trips, with Notre Dame, Michigan, USC, UCLA and Florida contenders for the other three.

— Athlon’s rates the Huskies sixth in the Pac-12 this week.

Bud Withers writes that the Pac-12 did the right thing by deciding not to expand.

— Withers also looks at the weekend’s best games.

Jon Wilner with some Action/Reaction to some of the recent news.

— Lots of Pac-12 links from Vince Grippi.

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