The Huskies will be back on the field here in an hour or so, shaking off the relative rust after a week off, while still waiting to see where they will go bowling.
The bowl picture, however, became a little clearer last night with Oregon’s win over UCLA in the Pac-12 title game. Not that anyone expected otherwise, but it was one of the steps that had to happen before the Pac-12 bowls could start nailing down their spots. So Oregon goes to the Rose Bowl, to face the winner of today’s Big Ten title game between Michigan State and Wisconsin.
The wait now is to see if Stanford falls out of the BCS, regarded as pretty unlikely, but again, a step that has to be taken. Should Stanford go to the BCS, the Alamo then has the first pick of all eligible Pac-12 teams — though realistically it is considering only UW, Cal and Utah. And the thought is that the Alamo is likely to take UW, pairing them up against a Big 12 team, likely either Kansas State (which plays Iowa State today) or the loser of today’s Oklahoma-Oklahoma State game, or maybe the winner of today’s Texas-Baylor game.
How strong the feeling is that UW is headed to the Alamo is evident in this story in today’s San Antonio Express News, which calls UW “in the driver’s seat” to go to the game, which will be played on Dec. 29.
That will likely leave Cal to the Holiday, Utah to the Sun, Arizona State to the Vegas and UCLA to the Kraft Fight Hunger.
None of this, however, is likely to be made official until Sunday around 5 p.m. or so when the final BCS standings become known — the Alamo would have to take Stanford if the Cardinal fell out of the BCS.
So for now, the Huskies sit (or practice) and wait.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— T.J. Simers, a columnist for the Los Angeles Times, suggests that maybe UCLA ought to look at UW coach Steve Sarkisian. But to reiterate, Simers is a columnist, and he’s not reporting that anything has happened or will happen, just throwing it out there, so take it as you will.
— Chris Dufresne, the college football reporter for the LA Times, also addressed the issue of Sarkisian and UCLA, noting that it would seem an unlikely move.
— The LA Times reports that UCLA is offering $4 million a year, but that’s not enough to lure Chris Petersen away from the bright lights of Boise. Sounds like UCLA may join the Kevin Sumlin sweepstakes, as well. ESPN.com has more on UCLA’s search.
— Arizona State also wanted Sumlin but has moved on, figuring he’s going to Texas A&M, now with its sights apparently set on the likes of Larry Fedora or June Jones.
— Sarkisian and a few other UW coaches were at the Tacoma Dome last night to watch Bellevue win its 1,009,000,456th straight state title (give or take a few).
— The Oregonian says LaMichael James almost certainly played his last home game Friday night in leading the Ducks to the Pac-12 title.
— Bud Withers wasn’t all that impressed with the TV broadcast last night.
— The Arizona Daily Star reports almost none of Arizona’s old staff will be retained by Rich Rodriguez, and that UA’s recruiting coordinator, Dave Emerick, is likely headed to Washington State to rejoin old boss Mike Leach.
— Lots of other Pac-12 links from Vince Grippi.
More after practice.