Wish I had a better title for this, but this is really just a collection of notes and links that I figured I’d pass along now. UW hits the field for practice at 4, so no news coming from Washington until after. So for now, a few notes, maybe a quote or two, probably no anecdotes. …
— Perusing Utah’s roster the other day and one thing that stands out is the age of some of the players — I counted 11 who are 24 or older (and I’m assuming many are due to having taken church missions and then having returned to school). There are birthdates on the roster ranging from 1985 to 1993. UW no longer provides dates of birth so hard to specifically compare. But I can’t think of anyone who would be older than 22 or 23. Among the old-timers on Utah’s roster is starting right tackle Tony Bergstrom, who turned 25 in August and signed with Utah in 2005 but didn’t enroll until the spring of 2008 after taking a mission.
— Not sure this really matters in any way, but UW is the only Pac-12 school Utah has never beaten. The teams have only played six times, all in Seattle, and none since 1979.
— Stats can obviously be pretty meaningless just four games into a season. But here’s one that at least raises an eyebrow — Utah has outscored its opponents 26-7 in the third quarter this year, its best quarter, while UW has been outscored 33-13, its worst. Utah has allowed just 16 second-half points (though in just three games) while UW has allowed 66 (in four), an equal 33 in each quarter.
— Musician Duff McKagan, an uncle of UW true frosh Dexter Charles, writes that he thinks the Huskies can win Saturday.
— TailGateMontly.com — and who knew that existed? —- cites Husky Stadium as one of the best places to, well, tailgate.
— UW is not in ESPN.com’s latest Top 25 rankings of 2012 recruiting classes (though as probably anyone reading this knows, a lot of UW’s really big targets are still undecided).
— The Salt Lake Tribune writes about Keith Price.
— The Trib also notes that the game is officially a sellout.
— In case you missed it, Jeff Tedford said it was exection, and not playcalling, that was the issue on Cal’s last drive Saturday.