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December 29, 2011 at 6:24 AM

Thursday a.m. links — Live chat at noon UPDATED

It’s the last gameday of the season, which is probably a reason for both celebration — of another bowl game; and disappointment — of another season soon to be over descending into a long, agonizing wait for another game.

And for the Huskies, I think much of how this year is remembered is determined tonight. Win, or at least play a really good game, and it will give a lot more validation to the seven wins that came before and represent another step in the right direction — a point Times columnist Jerry Brewer makes in his column for today’s paper. Lose — especially if it’s at all ugly — and this season might be viewed as sort of treading water.

I’m wondering if that latter thought is why there seems to be a little bit of a lack of buzz about this game. That’s not necessarily evident here — I saw lots of UW fans wondering around town last night. But in general, it seems as if there isn’t quite the anticipation for this game — or the excitement — as there was a year ago.

Assuming that feeling is correct — maybe I’m just reading it wrong — a win tonight would go a long way toward restoring the buzz. A loss, though, would be UW’s fourth in its last five games and might put everyone in that much more of a wait-and-see mode entering 2012.

We can talk about that and whatever else in a live chat today at noon. That will coincide with the announcement of Mariner High running back KeiVarae Russell on where he will go to college — he said last week he has made up his mind but won’t say until today, officially choosing either UW or Notre Dame (both of which play in bowl games today, so not sure there’s anything to read into the timing of his announcement). So we’ll obviously talk about that, as well.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Here’s my Scouting Report on today’s game, including my pick of Baylor to win, 45-34. In the shortest version possible of why I’m going with Baylor, I simply think Baylor’s offensive edges, as well as the fact that it looms as basically a home game for the Bears, will prove too much for the Huskies to overcome. The Scouting Report includes my overview of each team by position group, so I hope you’ll read it as it includes essentially the same information I usually provide in the text version of “The Pick. …”

— Here’s my preview story of the game, focusing on UW’s underdog and somewhat afterthought status here.

— Here’s the notebook, with items on UW’s preparation for Baylor’s offense, the senior class, and more.

Bud Withers also picks Baylor.

— Even GoHuskies.com thinks this is likely the last time Chris Polk plays for UW.

— The Wall Street Journal notes it’s the first time since 1990 a reigning Heisman winner is playing in a bowl game in December.

— Here’s the preview page on the game from the San Antonio Express-News, with a bunch of links to other stories, including their picks for Washington’s All-Time Team.

UPDATE, 9:45 a.m. Here are a few more links:

— Here’s the preview from Athlon’s.

— And from SeaTownSports.

— I’m not a huge believer in trying to take much meaning from one bowl game and attaching it to another, bit if I were, Cal’s lost to Texas last night might seem to bode ominously for UW. Here’s a story on Cal’s rather desultory 21-10 loss that leaves the Bears at 7-6. A Cal fan blog says the game leaves more questions than answers about the Bears heading into the off-season.

— Finally, here’s the report from KING-5:

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