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October 19, 2011 at 9:22 AM

Wednesday links — Stopping Andrew Luck; Price featured in USA Today, and more

Another fabulous good morning here in the Seattle area, and with the kids finally out the door, time to get a few links posted. …

— For my story for today’s paper I wrote about Stanford QB Andrew Luck (hey, there’s an original idea!). But if you don’t want to read yet another story about Luck, at least check out the chart of all the times UW has faced a player who was the No. 1 NFL Draft pick the following year. There were more than I’d remembered.

Bud Withers, meanwhile, handed out his mid-season Pac-12 Awards, and called Keith Price the MVP.

— Withers also takes the occassion of the firing of Bob Toledo at Tulane (or is it Bob Tulane at Toledo?) to recall when Toledo and then UW coach Rick Neuheisel tussled over a recruit during Neuheisel’s time at UW (and don’t forget Toledo also openly campaigned to take over for Neuheisel when Neuheisel was fired at UW — though he was never under any serious consideration).

— USA Today has a feature on Price, asking if it’s worth wondering now why he wasn’t starting last season.

— CoachSark’s blog, which has a new look, also has some pictures of Tuesday’s practice (though I note they never have any photos of all the post-practice interview excitement).

— UW’s official site says the defense must all do their own jobs.

— CollegeFootballlTalk says the Huskies will be able to make Stanford work for the full 60.

— Dr. Saturday also wonders if Price isn’t better than Locker (though a lot of these types of analysis seem to overlook how much better and varied the receiving corps is this year — the 15 catches and four TDs by Austin Seferian-Jenkins, for instance, are 15 completions and four TD passes Locker didn’t even have a chance to have last season).

— ESPN.com’s well-tailored Ted Miller also talks about Price in his video mailbag.

— The Sporting News says the Huskies “are growing up.”

— The LA Times says last year’s loss to Stanford was a turning point for the Huskies.

— FoxSports offers this preview of the game.

— The National Football Post includes Chris Polk among its top five draftable running backs.

— The Arizona Daily Star also has a note on Price in its weekly Pac-12 notebook.

— The ESPN.com Stanford blog says the Cardinal isn’t concerned with making statements, just winning.

Jon Wilner says Stanford’s season starts for real on Saturday.

— It looks like Stanford WR Chris Owusu — who took a big hit from WSU’s Casey Locker (Jake’s cousin) on Saturday — will be able to play against the Huskies.

— The San Francisco Chronicle says Stanford is making a habit of close first halves.

— PacificTakes.com looks at Stanford’s gaudy defensive numbers.

— The Stanford Daily looks at Stanford’s red zone perfection.

— Here’s a game preview from The Sports Network.

— The Salt Lake Tribune’s Pac-12 Notebook says something will have to give between UW and Stanford Saturday.

T.J. Simers says Neuheisel still has a chance to keep his job.

John Blanchette says WSU, which plays Oregon State Saturday at whatever they call that place where the Seahawks play, should stick to playing in Pullman.

— Miller also has a good overview of the USC-Notre Dame game this weekend.

— Miller also says UCLA still has high hopes.

— Wilner also has some notes on some Pac-12 off-the-field stuff.

— More WSU stuff and lots of Pac-12 links from Vince Grippi.

— Grippi also says the improvements of UW and WSU are the big stories in the Pac-12 so far.

— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel examines the Pac-12’s BCS problem in his latest mailbag.

— Pre-Snap Read takes a guess at the BCS bowl possibilities.

UPDATE, 11 A.M. — Also, want to point out that the Times is hosting a live chat today with former WSU QB Ryan Leaf. You can access it here.

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