If you didn’t see it earlier today, ESPN.com’s Pac-12 blog posted video of an interview with Steve Sarkisian conducted at the conference media day last week. Here it is.
Nothing real newsworthy, but some interesting stuff about the offensive line, the defensive coaching change, Keith Price, as well as Sarkisian’s thoughts on the schedule hopes for the season.
In the course of the interview, Sarkisian mentions that UW has the fourth-best conference record since he took over in 2009.
I figured that might be worth passing along for those wondering exactly how those numbers look, so here they are:
Team, conference, overall
Oregon 25-2, 34-6
Stanford 22-5, 31-8
USC 17-10, 26-11
Washington 14-13, 19-19
Oregon St. 13-14, 16- 21
California 12-15, 20- 18
Arizona 12-15, 19-19
UCLA 10-17, 17- 23
Arizona State, 10-17, 16- 21
WSU 3-24, 6- 29
Obviously, that’s a pretty tight middle of the pack there with just two games separating four teams — UW, Oregon State, Cal and Arizona.
One difference has been UW’s ability to win the close ones — the Huskies are 5-1 in conference games decided by three points or less under Sarkisian, though none came last season when UW didn’t have a conference game decided by fewer than eight points, a trend that seems unlikely to continue this year.
And with each of the four teams at the bottom of that list making coaching changes this off-season, the conference figures to only get more competitive in coming seasons (not to mention the addition of Utah and Colorado, which I didn’t include here since each has only played in the conference for one season).
But while staying ahead of the rest of the pack may get more challenging, the real measure of progress from here on out is closing the gap with the top three teams on that list.