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November 28, 2011 at 12:11 PM

Monday afternoon musings

Obviously a lot of stuff going on around the Pac-12, which is covered in the post below. Here’s a post with just some Husky notes and thoughts. …

— UW is off this week, with the coaches on the road recruiting. Steve Sarkisian said after the Apple Cup that the Huskies will probably practice Saturday and Sunday, workouts that will be largely devoted to the younger players, giving the veterans more time to heal. Teams are allowed 15 prior to a bowl game and are allowed to practice even before knowing of their bowl game.

— Sarkisian, however, will have his usual Monday Coaches Show on KJR-AM 950.

— Here’s a good breakdown from of why Oklahoma is the likely Big 12 representative in the Alamo Bowl unless it beats Oklahoma State this weekend, where it would likely be the opponent for the Huskies. Probably too early to really begin thinking of a UW-Oklahoma bowl matchup. Obviously, though, the game would bring back lots of memories of the one other time they met in a bowl, the 1985 Orange Bowl, when the Huskies pulled off a 28-17 upset to finish a disupted No. 2 in the country.

— Here are Ted Miller’s Pac-12 bowl projections, also speculating on a UW-Oklahoma Alamo Bowl.

— And it’s worth remembering the impact the USC sanctions are having on all of this. Obviously, if USC were eligible it would be playing Oregon this week for the Pac-12 title and the loser of that game would be headed to the Alamo — which is surely the kind of thing the Alamo had in mind when it signed on with the Pac-12 two years ago. Instead, with USC on the sidelines and Stanford apparently headed to the BCS, the Alamo is left to pick from three 7-5 Pac-12 teams — UW, Cal and Utah.

— UW didn’t get any Pac-12 Players of the Week, but had three players nominated — Keith Price (offense), Princeton Fuimoano (defense) and Thomas Tutogi (special teams).

— Miller has UW fourth in his weekly Pac-12 power poll.

— Among those taking a visit to UW this weekend was defensive end Jeremy Castro of Murrieta, Calif. Castro told’s Greg Biggins that he enjoyed the visit but is solid on his recent commitment to Oregon:

The story says in part that:

“I talked with my family and we decided it worth taking one more look at Washington,” Castro said. “It was a great trip and I’m definitely glad I took it. I loved everything about it but probably the fan support and overall game atmosphere was my favorite part. They have a great fan base, not as loud as Oregon, but pretty close.

“Coach [Demetrice] Martin is the coach who has been recruiting me for a while and we have a real good relationship. I could tell the staff was still a little hurt that I committed there and then de-committed but they were still real cool with me. Although I loved the visit, I’m sticking with Oregon. I’m solid in my commitment and I plan to be a Duck and will be signing with them in February.”

— Finally, here’s the weekly highlights show from the UW Daily (as well as a link to their video of Kasen Williams’ leap):

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