First, a programming note — since our paper is going to have Lorenzo Romar for a live chat Thursday at noon, I’m going to move mine for this week to today at noon. I’m sure we can find something to talk about. …
Now for some links. …
— Onto the topic of the hour — Nick Holt. Times columnist Steve Kelley says it’s time for Holt to take some chances and be more aggressive, something UW coach Steve Sarkisian hinted on Monday could happen.
— Here’s my writeup of what Holt had to say after practice Tuesday, which also includes a little note on UW backup linebacker Thomas Tutogi facing off against brother Taimi Tutogi this week. Taimi Tutogi scored two touchdowns for Arizona against UCLA last week.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller also weighs in on Holt.
— Bud Withers writes about UW’s solid graduation rates.
— The line is dropping in Arizona’s favor, UW now favored by as little as five points at some books. That trend has been good for UW this year if you remember how the line shifted a lot in favor of Cal and Utah during those two weeks.
— Withers also writes about UCLA’s struggles.
— GoHuskies.com writes about the different offensive challenge for UW this week.
— Looks like it might be kind of cold and wet Saturday night.
— SI.com’s Stewart Mandel was at the game Saturday night and says that while he was very impressed with Stanford, UW’s defense is “admittedly terrible.”
— The Arizona Daily Star has a feature on Wildcats’ QB Nick Foles.
— AzCentral.com notes Foles is calling more plays now with Tim Kish as coach.
— FoxSportsArizona with lots of news and notes on the Wildcats.
— According to the National Footbal Post, UW faced two of the top five junior prospects in the country on Saturday. So there’s that.
— The Arizona Daily Star looks at the week in the Pac-12.
— USA Today has Washington playing in the Holiday Bowl against Texas, which would be a 10-year anniversary rematch of what was one of the more memorable — if ultimately frustrating — games in UW’s post-season history.
— The Associated Press says the Pac-12 is kind of the Big Two and the Little Ten right now.
— Jon Wilner says the Pac-12 may get just six bowl eligible teams and has UW fifth in his Pac-12 power rankings.
— The Salt Lake Tribune also has UW fifth in its power ratings this week — in fact, not sure I’ve seen one yet that hasn’t had UW fifth.
— The Tucson Citizen examines Pac-12 coaches on the hot seat.
— Here’s a feature on Oregon State QB Sean Mannion, whom the Huskies will have to face in a couple of weeks.
— Oregon State is the most penalized team in the nation, but Mike Riley is probably just too nice to argue about it much.
— Sounds like WSU’s Jeff Tuel was beat up a lot more than anyone knew.
— An interesting look at the importance of missed tackles from Bruce Feldman.
— Smart Football examines how to attack blitzes.
Finally, here’s some video of Thomas Tutogi talking about playing against his brother on Saturday:
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