A few news, notes and links for a Sunday morning (or Sunday of mourning, take your pick) as I wait it out in the Dallas airport…
— Here’s UW’s updated NCAA stats page, and the offensive numbers are not pretty. Most notable, UW ranks 117th out of 120 in total offense, averaging 255.5 yards per game, and is 114th in rushing offense at 66 per game and 93rd in passing offense at 189.5. UW is also 103rd in rushing defense at 220.5. Not trying to excuse anything but it is worth noting that UW has played two pretty good defenses so far. LSU is obviously LSU, and San Diego State may be a little better than you think having beaten Army 42-7 Saturday. But those are numbers that obviously have to improve greatly for UW to accomplish what it wants to this season.
— Some harsh assessments of the Huskies from NOLA.com columnist Jeff Duncan who said UW was no more of a test for LSU than had been North Texas, writing “for all intents and purposes, North Texas and Washington might as well have been Athletes in Action.”
— Andy Staples of SI.com was there and points out LSU played 19 freshmen or redshirt freshmen and 17 sophomores.
— The LSU fan site AndtheValleyShook has some day-after thoughts.
— UW next plays Portland State, which lost Saturday to the University of North Dakota 45-37. Portland State is coached by former Husky Nigel Burton with fellow former Huskies Lester Towns and Ikaika Malloe also on the staff.
— Time is sort of constraining me from linking much else around the conference. So I’ll just link to Ken Goe’s post this morning in which he has links to just about everything relevant in the Pac-12 today (as well as noting that most teams that travel to LSU end up leaving looking pretty bad).
— Finally, here’s my weekly AP poll:
6, Florida State
7, West Virginia
9, Michigan State
10, Ohio State
11, South Carolina
13, Kansas State
14, Virginia Tech
20, Notre Dame
24, Oklahoma State
25, Mississippi State
I did indeed make a switch at the top of Alabama and USC. I resisted doing it last week, but the Trojans showed just a little more vulnerability this week to compel me to make the switch.
I added Pac-12 teams UCLA and Arizona, which each beat previously ranked teams and deserved to be ranked themselves as a result. The same can obviously be argued of Oregon State, which I seriously debated including, as well. The final decider for me is that I still think Nebraska and Oklahoma State are better than Wisconsin appears to be, and I also took into account the first games for UCLA and Arizona, as well (Arizona, recall, had 624 yards in its opener against Toledo, though the score didn’t really reflect it).