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October 8, 2011 at 10:58 PM

Notes from the couch

A few links, notes and thoughts from a day spent sitting on the couch watching college football. …

— Washington’s next two opponents played on Saturday but it wasn’t much of a game as Stanford beat Colorado 48-7. Stanford dominated in every area, outgaining Colorado 553-264. The Buffs will come to Seattle at 1-5 and UW will likely be its biggest favorite to win a conference game since it was a 24-point favorite against Washington State in 2009

— One of the biggest pieces of news to come out of Stanford-Colorado game is that Buffs’ receiver Paul Richardson, one of the better receivers in the conference, is out for 2-3 weeks with a knee sprain. Here’s an early story from the Denver Post detailing his injury and possible impact. Richardson had 284 yards receiving against Cal earlier this year so that’ll be a big loss for a Colorado team already reeling. Here’s more on the CU game from the official Colorado site.

— In another matchup of two future UW opponents, Oregon State got its first win of the year over Arizona 37-27. A couple quick thoughts — Arizona is wasting the senior year of what is probably the best QB they’ve ever had there (Nick Foles); Mike Stoops got his job at Arizona with a reputation for building good defenses, so one of the more surprising aspects of UA’s collapse is how bad its defense is — Stoops spoke optimistically at conference media day that despite some personnel losses the defense would still be good but it obviously isn’t; and you can see why Oregon State made the change to Sean Mannion — he will present some challenges to the Huskies when UW goes there next month.

— Utah had a lead on Arizona State for a few minutes in the second half, looking like it might rebound nicely from the loss to the Huskies last week. Then they fell apart under a flood of turnovers — sound familiar? — ultimately losing the same total (5) they coughed up against the Huskies. This story says Utah is quickly downsizing its goals and also held a team meeting after the loss. It also looks like a Utah team that even going into the season seemed like it might be a little down from past few years is finding out quickly that there are no weeks off in the Pac-12, no New Mexico on the schedule to get well against.

— Brutal loss for Washington State as the Cougars seemed in control most of the game before giving up two touchdown drives in the fourth quarter as UCLA rallied to win the game 28-25. And don’t look now, but UCLA is in second place in the South Division if you throw out ineligible USC, at 2-1 in conference play behind 3-0 Arizona State. And UCLA’s schedule is favorable — after a bye it will play at cellar-dwelling Arizona then host Cal and Arizona State then play at reeling Utah and then host Colorado before ending the year at USC (the Bruins fortuitously miss Oregon, and their miss of Washington suddenly looks a lot better for the Bruins, as well). As for the Cougars, they remain halfway to bowl contention but the road gets tough now as WSU hosts Stanford next week, then plays Oregon State in Seattle before then playing Oregon and Cal on the road. And as Bud Withers of our staff pointed out, Rick Neuheisel is now 9-0 against the Cougs at UCLA (4-0), UW (4-0) and Colorado (1-0). His eight wins against WSU in Pac-10/12 play account for almost a quarter of the total 33 Pac-10/12 wins he has at UW and UCLA.

— There’s no definitive word on when LaMichael James might return, and this Oregonian story looks at Oregon’s alternatives while he’s out.

Jacoby Brissett, the QB the Huskies made a heavy run at late in recruiting last year only to instead sign with Florida, got the start for Florida Saturday in a tough situation against LSU and was 8-14 for 94 yards, a touchdown and an interception.

Nick Montana made Philly.com’s College Football Top 10 for this week.

— Former Husky QB Ronnie Fouch has been having a nice year at Indiana State, but the Sycamores lost this weekend to a good Northern Iowa team.

— Forgot to post this the other day but Steve Sarkisian was at the Mercer Island-Mt. Si game Thursday night to see Islander QB Jeff Lindquist and rumor is he was at the Puyallup game Friday night to see Joshua Garnett.

— In the really odd game of the day, Sacramento State of the Big Sky — which won at Oregon State in the season opener — beat Northern Colorado without attempting a pass.

— More praise for Mason Foster.

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