UW’s season, finally, starts tomorrow. Let’s talk about it at 11 a.m. today in our weekly live chat.
Until then, some links. First, UW and alumni news. …
— Here’s my notebook for the Friday paper leading off with some of Steve Sarkisian’s thoughts on Rocky Long’s statement that he might never punt inside the 50.
— The Daily Aztec talks Washington football.
— Athlon’s lists some of the top storylines in the Pac-12 in week one.
— Chris Polk statistically did what he could to make a good final case to make the Eagles, with a game-high 61 yards on 14 carries and a touchdown along with one catch for 10 yards as Philadelphia beat the Jets. Here’s video of his touchdown.
— Jake Locker had 81 yards passing and 22 rushing in his last preseason game.
— Jerrmaine Kearse got nine yards on three carries, of all things, for the Seahawks. Not sure what that means.
— Jon Wilner says UW should feel pretty comfortable at quarterback.
In some thoughts on other Pac-12 games last night, and links around the conference:
___ Washington State opened the Mike Leach era with a big thud, dominated from the start and not even scoring a touchdown. Here’s all of our coverage if you want it.
— Utah looked the way you thought it probably would, physically dominating Northern Colorado 41-0. Nothing really learned in either direction there other than that QB Jordan Wynn appeared just fine physically and that the Utes do indeed plan to find a way to get backup QB Travis Wilson into the game — he scored two rushing touchdowns, one early on.
— Jim Mora’s UCLA career got off to an entertaining start with a 49-24 win over Rice. The biggest revelation was the play of QB Brett Hundley, who seriously considered UW before signing with the Bruins. (Here’s a good roundup of the UCLA and Utah games from Ted Miller).
— Arizona State completely dominated Northern Arizona, and while that wasn’t unexpected, the Devils really looked good doing it. Could be an interesting team, and a good one for UW not to have to play this season. And while it may pain UW fans, worth noting a big night for one-time Husky signee Chris Young, who had eight tackles, three for a loss.
— CBSSports.com also neatly wraps up the day in the Pac-12.
— Former USC Trojan Armond Armstead is suing the school.
— USC is no longer allowing opponents to do walk-throughs the day before the game at the Coliseum (and I’ll admit, I didn’t know the individual schools could deny that). As noted in the story, USC coach Lane Kiffin says other schools are also now cutting access to walk-throughs, though he didn’t name them.
— Stanford opens the post-Andrew Luck era tonight against San Jose State. Here’s a preview.
— Anthony Gimino with a good interview of now Pac-12 analyst Rick Neuheisel with some thoughts on Arizona, which also runs the 3-3-5 defense as does San Diego State.
— Here’s the Pac-12 rundown from The Oregonian.
— More links on WSU and the Pac-12 from Christian Caple.
— With Hurricane Issac having passed, LSU is back in classes and will play its game as scheduled Saturday. Doesn’t sound like any issues for UWs visit next week.
— A high school in Texas claims to have one of the biggest scoreboards around.