Sorry for the late start. No preamble this morning, just links. …
— Here’s our story rounding up the news from Wednesday on Montlake. We were not allowed to talk to any other players or coaches yesterday, and in fact have had access to players just once this week, so not a lot else coming out of UW this week. And by the way, a note I completely whiffed on passing along — Joe Montana and his wife were out at practice Wednesday early on before leaving before I arrived (it was raining and he was obviously smart enough to get out of there quickly). It’s not unusual for him to be at practice — he’s not there everyday, as I’ve seen bandied about at times, but he’s to a dozen or so over the past year — but obviously, he could be here this week wanting to help his son, Nick Montana, prepare for what could be his first collegiate start. They’ve been at a lot of the games this year including Saturday, when the TV broadcast made the inevitable big deal about them in the stands once Nick Montana got into the game.
— GoHuskies.com says just give the ball to Chris Polk and get out of the way.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller picks UW 33-21.
— Miller also takes a look at coaching salaries.
— Not sure how reported this has been or not, but Polk was recently named one of 10 semmifinalists for the Doak Walker Award, honoring the best running back in the country. LaMichael James, who won it last year, was also a semifinalist, the only other Pac-12 player listed.
— CoachSark’s site has a picture of the Husky Stadium renovation.
— The Oregonian’s Oregon State Rundown notes that the Beaver basketball team already has more wins than the football team.
— The Oregonian also notes that James Rodgers is three catches away from OSU’s school record.
— The Eugene Register-Guard notes OSU’s youth — losing 17 seniors — in this story on what’s ahead for the Beavers. UW
— SBNation lists a couple of Oregon State players to watch.
— FoxSportsWest.com with a scouting report on OSU and a breakdown of the game.
— The betting line has remained pretty static all week, UW favored by 1.5-3 points.
— The weather forecast also remains about the same for gameday — showers and temps in the low 40s.
— Kerry Eggers of The Portland Tribune picks UW 27-20.
— Jon Wilner wrote about the possibility that a rivalry game could occassionally have to be moved into October. But since UW and WSU do not have some of the same scheduling conflicts as some of the other schools listed there, it’s not thought this would impact the Apple Cup. The Pac-12 schedule for 2012 is expected to be released next week.
— Lots of interesting coaching rumors — Mike Bellotti to Arizona? Chip Kelly a candidate at Penn State? — in The Oregonian’s Oregon Rundown.
— Dr. Saturday ponders the ramifications of Gary Pinkel’s DUI arrest.
— Missed this earlier, but here’s the always entertaining CBSSports.com review of the weekend in the Pac-12.
— And here’s the Rivals.com preview of the weekend ahead in the Pac-12.
— Finally, the LA Times with maybe the best story yet on DeAnthony Thomas’ signing day turnabout.