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August 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Monday afternoon links and notes

The Huskies will be back on the field in a few hours, and we’ll have our usual coverage afterwards. Until then, a few more links and notes to pass along. …

Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News, who has been on top of the Pac-12 TV stuff from the start, has been Tweeting some updates all morning, including that he would be “very surprised” if a deal between the conference and DirecTV is not completed soon. That jibes with what has been the conventional wisdom for a while, that the two sides were pretty close and would get a deal done before actual games begin.

— Here’s our initial obit on George Hickman. Here’s also a note on Hickman from CoachSark’s site.

Chris Polk and the Eagles play against the Patriots tonight on ESPN. ESPN.com says his battle for the No. 3 TB job is among the reasons to watch.

— UW remains a 14- or 14.5-point favorite over San Diego State at the various Las Vegas sports books.

— The Eugene Register-Guard says UW’s game with Stanford may be its most pivotal of the season. Hard to argue with that. If you assume UW is at least 2-1 heading into that game, then the contest against the Cardinal really looms as a swing game in the season. Win it and get to 3-1 and there’s some breathing room there before the Oregon-USC double-dip that follows, as well as then playing four of the last six (and five of the last eight) on the road. Obviously, a loss against Stanford and a 2-2 record heading into the rest of the schedule, and the road looks a lot more difficult.

— The WAC is dropping football after the 2012 season, a rather shocking fall for a conference that not that long ago was one of the most entertaining and tradition-laden in the country.

— Speaking of the Pac-12 Network, it will show its UW football season preview Tuesday at 8 and then a two-hour retrospective on the 1999 UW-Stanford game as part of its Pac-12 Classics series Tuesday at 8:30 p.m. That’s the game where Marques Tuiasosopo threw for 302 yards and rushed for 207.

— Here’s Pat Forde’s Top 25.

— And here’s an interesting Top 25 from the National Football Post, slotting USC at No. 5.

— The Pac-12 lunch links from ESPN.com include this story on Ken Griffey Jr.’s kid, Trey, a receiver at Arizona.

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