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November 23, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Wednesday links — Defense, picks and more

The burning question of the day for UW football fans is “what’s wrong with the defense?”

I used about the 1,000-word limit or so they gave me to try to explain it in this story for the Wednesday paper. As noted in the story, this year’s defense is on the verge of finishing with stats that will rank it among the worst in school history.

As also noted, offensive numbers are up everywhere so it’s not really accurate anymore to try to make comparisons with, say, the 1960 team or something in the way that the game has changed. But the numbers and scores are what they are. As for what the Huskies will do about any of it? That’s a question better addressed once the season ends, though as also noted in the story, Steve Sarkisian sent some strong hints this week that he thinks patience may be the best course of action.

One number I didn’t get in the story but that may help further explain the frustration of UW fans is the margin of victory in recent Husky defeats. When UW has lost the last two years, it has really lost. Since losing 23-17 to open the 2010 season at BYU, the Huskies dropped 10 games. Here are the margins of defeat in those contests: 35, 10, 30, 41, 37, 13, 44, 17, 23, 17. That’s an average margin of defeat of 26.7. UW has won 13 games in that same span by an average of 10.5 points.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Here’s today’s Apple Cup matchup box.

Bud Withers examines how TV is ruling college football these days.

— UWTV is planning a marathon Thursday of its “Greatest Moments at Husky Stadium” series. Details here.

— Here’s a Washingon State update from Vince Grippi — sounds like the Cougars’ O-line is getting back in order —

— Here are lots of other news and notes from Grippi.

— New FieldTurf is being installed at CenturyLink Field for the Huskies (and whoever else) to play on next year.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller picks UW 35-32.

— Miller also looks at “What to Watch In the Pac-12.”

— Former Husky Brock Huard says don’t expect Sarkisian to make a change at defensive coordinator after this season but that 2012 would be “put up or shut up time.”

Jon Wilner rates UW sixth in his Pac-12 power rankings.

— Yahoo.com’s Pat Forde examines all the best rivalries, includes the Apple Cup, and picks UW to win it, 28-17.

— The Arizona Daily Star rates UW No. 4 in the Pac-12 this week.

— ESPN.com columnist Ramona Shelburne had to dig really deep to find “experts” to talk about Matt Barkley’s chances of winning the Heisman.

— Arizona Republic columnist Dan Bickley says the pressure is now on Arizona State after Arizona’s hiring of Rich Rodriguez.

— SBNation examines Nike’s incluence on Oregon football.

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