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October 22, 2011 at 9:21 AM

Saturday links — UW’s chance to get back in the spotlight

It’s been stated here and elsewhere a lot this week that this is a game that can truly get Washington back in the national college football spotlight.

The 5-1 start has UW on the periphery, rated in the Top 25 but still facing questions about how good it really is.

That was evident this morning on the show that has become something of a barometer of all things college football — ESPN’s College GameDay.

UW was featured for about 90 seconds or so, with Husky coach Steve Sarkisian wired up during practice this week and also shown answering a few questions about Keith Price, again making the comparison of Price to 1993 Heisman winner Charlie Ward. (Price was also listed among the second five on the Heismanology segment a little bit later).

But when it came time to pick today’s games, the GameDay cast pretty much fell in line with the consensus in the nation, picking Stanford to win, but UW to likely make it closer than the spread.

Desmond Howard said that the “Washington pass defense is atrocious” and that Andrew Luck “is going to pick them apart. But don’t I think they (Stanford) win by more than three touchdowns.” Kirk Herbstreit pretty much just agreed without much additional comment.

Chris Fowler said that “the only way Washington can make this close is to jump out and take a lead and make Stanford uncomfortable where they have to play catch up.”

So obviously, the national jury still out on the Huskies. Washington has its chance to change that today.
Also, a couple of interesting stats thrown out during that segment — Stanford has a chance today to become the first team to win 10 games in a row by at least 25 or more points; and Luck has completed 81 percent of his passes on first downs with eight touchdowns and no interceptions. Fowler also said that the UW defense is “going to pullback and be more conservative becacuse what can you do against number 12 (Luck)?”

On with the links. …

— Here’s our preview story setting up the game and what’s at stake.

— And here’s our Scouting Report.

— Here’s KJR’s Gameday primer.

— A Fact Box from the San Jose Mercury News, which also assesses how the teams match up and offers some players to watch.

Jon Wilner with some pre-game links and has this preview of the game.

— Some good stuff evaluating UW’s Senio Kelemete, Jermaine Kearse and Desmond Trufant from the National Football Post. Kelemete is called maybe “the most underrated offensive line prospect in the country.”

— The San Francisco Chronicle says Stanford faces its biggest test today.

— CBSSports.com’s Bruce Feldman picks Stanford 38-28.

— Here are details on the 10 players suspended for the fight in the UCLA-Arizona game, including four Wildcats led by starting cornerback Shaquille Richardson. UW hosts Arizona next Saturday. More on that from Ted Miller. (The streaker, by the way, could face a year-and-a-half in jail).

Alex Sixkiller, Sonny’s father, died recently.

— Good stuff here from The Oregonian on what’s happened to Oregon State.

— WSU’s bowl hopes are on the line today in Seattle.

— Lots more links around the conference from Vince Grippi.

— The Boston Globe reports Big East considering becoming a 28-to-32-team conference.

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