A Sunday morning buffet. …
— The NCAA team stats pages are updated, and Washington’s has some numbers that are far from pretty — 117th in pass defense, 108th in total defense, being the most prominent. With the season now a third completed, stats begin to take on a little more relevance in painting a picture of what a team is and what are its strengths and weaknesses. And some of UW’s obvious strengths are also portrayed — the Huskies are 10th nationally in passing efficiency, a testament to all that Keith Price has brought, and 16th in kickoff returns, an area that is flat-out helping the Huskies to win some of these games.
Some of the offensive numbers, however, may remain a little lower than the Huskies are performing due to the sluggish outing against Eastern Washington in the opener. UW, for instance, is 71st in the nation in total offense at 386.25 — which is on pace to be the best for the Huskies in any season since 2003 other than 2007. But that number is even better in the last three games as UW is averaging 431 yards since the EWU game, a number that would rank the Huskies on the cusp of the top 40 nationally. And as an aside, looking at those total offense numbers makes it clear just how titled the game seems right now toward offense.
— One stat not on that link that has been a key for the Huskies in getting to 3-1 is red zone touchdowns, or scoring once reaching the opponent’s 20. UW is 13-18 (72 percent) for the season while opponents are 11-20 (55 percent). That was a real key yesterday and also was against EWU (EWU was 1-3, UW 3-4).
— The stats also show that the first quarter remains UW’s best. The Huskies have outscored foes 49-27 in the first quarter this year. UW’s worst quarter is the third, being outscored 33-13.
— You can also see that Price is now 9th nationally in passing efficiency at 176.58, which is also second in the Pac-12. That’s a pace that would shatter the school record of 153.8 set by Brock Huard in 1997.
— Price is starting to get some national recognition as he was named this morning as one of eight “Stars of the Week” by the Manning Award.
— The Huskies got four points in the AP Top 25 released today. Those came as a result of being ranked No. 23 by Ira Schoffel of the Tallashee (Fla.) Democrat and No. 25 by Seth Emerson of the Macon (Ga.) Democrat. Emerson is also the voter who had UW in his pre-season poll. I’ve already been asked if I think a win next week at Utah would get UW into the Top 25. Yes, I think that would do it.
— Sunday’s win again moved Steve Sarkisian over .500 in his UW coaching career, at 15-14. UW is 11-5 at Husky Stadium under Sarkisian, 3-9 on the road, and 10-9 in conference play.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller still has UW going to the Sun Bowl.
— Miller also says it may be time to start considering Price as a potential All-Conference player.
— Jake Locker says he’s content watching from the sidelines in Tennessee.
— Here’s all the Pac-12 links you’d want from Vince Grippi.
— Finally, here is the always popular highlights package put together by UW fan “QBsacker.”
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