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November 3, 2011 at 9:23 AM

Thursday links — Special teams, chats, videos and more

Almost more stuff than the blog can handle this morning so we’d better get right to it. …

— I’ll be participating in a live chat along with Ken Goe of The Oregonian today at 12:30 p.m. (I’m planning on having my own regular chat on Friday).

— The Oregonian also has a live chat today at 1 p.m. with Oregon tight end David Paulson, a Washingtonian who got away.

— For my story for today’s paper, I wrote about UW’s improving special teams and the key role it could have in Saturday’s game. Included is a bit of a breakdown of just how critical special teams has been for Oregon of late, especially the last two years. In 2009, Oregon blocked a punt for a TD, pulled off a fake field goal to set up another TD, and had a two-point conversion. Last year, three long returns helped set up scores, including one after UW had cut the lead to 18-13 in the third quarter. Oregon also had a two-pointer last year. But as noted in the story, UW’s special teams have improved in every area, most notable kickoff returns — Kevin Smith ranks ninth nationally with a 30.2 per return average (I fixed this from earlier).

Bud Withers details 14 reasons the Huskies and Ducks don’t like each other.

— Our 1991 Flashback this week focuses on the win at USC.

— We also have our daily Husky Stadium memory, today from Bob Rondeau.

— Goe has a nice story on the history of the Oregon-UW rivalry.

— The Oregonian also has a story on Paulson’s homecoming.

— The O — I think I can refer to it that way now — also has its daily Oregon rundown, doing a nice job of getting it posted before I got this entry up.

— In another story I’m sure UW fans will eat up, the Eugene Register-Guard also looks back at some of Oregon’s biggest wins at Husky Stadium (though on a serious note, that 1997 game foreshadowed an awful lot of what was to come from Marques Tuiasosopo, who in his first career start led a pretty amazing comeback that’s forgotten now since all anyone remembers is that Oregon won the game. His TD pass to Ja’Warren Hooker might have gone down as a UW play for the ages otherwise. Tui almost led UW right back down the field after the Johnson catch, but if I recall right slipped on the turf with lots of open field at around the 50 and the drive stalled).

— Lots of other stuff from the Guard here including a story that there are no plans to expand Autzen Stadium.

—’s Ted Miller joins the crowd in picking UW to beat Oregon. He also has lots of stuff on the game in his weekly “What to Watch” entry.

— Miller also has a look at the rivalry with some words from UW running back Chris Polk, who we weren’t able to talk to this week.

— The LA Times says Polk has to be considered among the best running backs in the conference.

Todd Dybas says the Huskies’ offense gives them a puncher’s chance Saturday.

— Lots of good stuff in the weekly preview of the weekend in the Pac-12.

— The Albany paper examines Oregon’s defense.

— Here’s the weekly highlights show from the guys at the UW Daily, this one with lots of stuff on the impending makeover of Husky Stadium: [do action=”custom_iframe” width=”600″ height=”400″ url=””][/do]

— has a detailed preview of the game.

Jon Wilner has UW fifth in his Pac-12 power poll this week.

— Here’s a Fox Sports interview of Sarkisian previewing the game:

— Finally, Vince Grippi with lots of links around the Pac-12.



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