We’ll begin with another post-spring power ranking, this from the National Football Post, which has UW fourth in the Pac-12 behind the consensus top three of USC, Oregon and Stanford.
Prepare to see UW fourth or fifth in almost every such Pac-12 pre-season ranking and third in the Pac-12 North — that seems to be the consensus for the Huskies as more and more of these are released.
While I know hope springs eternal this time of year, It’s hard to argue UW should be any higher given the recent success of USC, Oregon and Stanford and what each appears to have back (the Cardinal does lose Andrew Luck and some other key pieces but has been recruiting well and could have one of its best defenses ever and enough offense if a QB emerges.)
While the National Football Post had UW ahead of Utah, there are some who will make an argument for picking the Utes ahead of UW when doing an overall Pac-12 ranking — the Utes return 16 starters, 10 of whom are seniors, could have a stellar defensive front and should have a vastly improved passing game with Jordan Wynn back.
But otherwise, prognosticators seem to be liking more of what they see from UW than other teams that could fit there, notably Cal. Washington has beaten Cal the last three years, but otherwise the teams have fairly similar looks to them entering this year (each went 7-6 last year and has a fairly similar number of returning starters as UW has 13 and Cal 11). For a lot of people, picking UW over Cal may be as simple as looking at the QB spot.
Too high? Too low? We’ll find out for sure come the fall.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Good stuff here from Giants.com on a couple of Giants, including former Husky Isaiah Stanback going back to school.
— CoachSark’s site has news of an honor for incoming OL Shane Brostek.
— Philly.com unveils a possible Eagles depth chart, including Chris Polk.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller reviews some painful UW history in his story on Pac-12 teams “left in the lurch.”
— Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott is making almost $2 million per year.
— The Go2Guy isn’t happy that Mike Leach shot a bear.
— Oregon State cornerback Jordan Poyer is in some legal trouble.
— MaxPreps.com has updated its list of the top 100 recruits for the Class of 2013.
— Always good stuff in the mailbag from SI.com’s Stewart Mandel.
— SI.com also with a good story on what goes on during the summer camp circuit.