Anyone who participated in the live chat today knows that one of the topics was the angst being felt by many Husky fans over the direction of the program — namely, the sluggish end to 2011 and the uncertain recruiting.
But here’s a ray of light — a ranking of No. 25 for the Huskies in Rivals.com’s “early, early” look at the pre-season 2012 poll. Rivals cites what it figures would have to be improvement on defense coupled with an offense that returns enough key parts to pick up where it left off in 2011 (and the offensive outlook is even somewhat better than Rivals portrays as UW has four returning starters on the offensive line if you include Colin Tanigawa, who missed the last two games due to injury — surely the reason Rivals overlooked him).
The entire poll, in fact, suggests a sunnier outlook for the Pac-12 in 2012 than it had in 2011, with five ranked teams — the others are USC at 2, Oregon (4), Stanford (20) and Utah (24). UW will play them all, getting USC, Stanford and Utah at CenturyLink.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— CoachSark’s site has pictures of the Alamo Bowl plaque going up in the tunnel (remember that the plan is to incorporate the current tunnel into the renovated stadium).
— CoachSark’s site also has a video of the “Alamo Bowl Experience.”
— UW QB commit Cyler Miles is quoted in this story on the surprising firing of his high school coach.
— The other QB commit, Jeff Lindquist, is playing basketball and helped lead Mercer Island to a win last night.
— Former Husky D’Andre Goodwin is quoted in this story about his promotion to the Broncos’ active roster for Saturday’s playoff game against the Patriots.
— Some interesting stuff from the NCAA Legislative Council’s meeting today, including voting down a plan to allow football players five years of eligibility.
— Some of Athlon’s writers debate who might win the national title next season.
— The Pac-12 has appointed an executive to get the conference’s new media networks up and running.