I’m back from New Orleans, admittedly a little jet lagged and all that. So here are just a bunch of random notes and links as we get started on a new week. …
— A reminder that I’ll be on the Husky Roundtable Monday morning on KJR-AM during Mitch Levy’s show with Hugh Millen and Chuck Nelson. Millen joins Levy for the entire Monday Morning Quarterback Show, and there are obviously no lack of topics on the sport of football in this town right now.
— Here’s my story for the Monday paper recapping the disappointment that was the LSU game.
— Bud Withers reviews the weekend that was in the Pac-12.
— Time constraints prevented me from doing the position review last night (maybe I’ll get to it later in some form). But one bright spot was the play of linebacker Thomas Tutogi, who came off the bench to lead all players with 12 tackles. He was expected to be in the gameplan more anyway as UW wanted to use his size against LSU’s run. But his play may earn him more time going forward as the Huskies will obviously re-evaluate everything, and also if Travis Feeney is sidelined for any length of time. Tutogi also had UW’s only tackle-for-loss of the game (a number that also sums up what kind of night it was for the Huskies).
— Also kind of lost in the shuffle was that Danny Shelton had 10 tackles and seemed pretty active throughout.
— UW coach Steve Sarkisian will hold his weekly press conference as usual on Monday, and one topic sure to be discussed is the offensive line and its makeup with Erik Kohler likely out for a little while. Mike Criste replaced Kohler Saturday but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Huskies didn’t again explore some other options, such as moving Drew Schaefer out to tackle.
— CollegeFootballNews.com doesn’t include UW in its week two bowl projections.
— Jake Locker’s first start at QB for the Titans ended when he hurt his shoulder tackling Patrick Chung (yes, the former Oregon Duck). But sounds like it’s not serious and he said he thinks he can play next week.
— Chris Polk was on the active roster for the Eagles today, but didn’t put up any stats.
— Interesting breakdown from Anthony Gimino of the Tucson Citizen on Pac-10/12 NFL quarterback totals since 1974. UW comes out on top.
— Here’s another story on Nick Saban that mentions his connections to Don James.
— Oregon suffered a big personnel loss in its win over Fresno State Saturday with a season-ending injury to safety John Boyett.
— Jon Wilner says despite what happened to UW and a couple of others that the weekend was a success for the Pac-12.
— If you are unlike me and actually get the Pac-12 Network, you can watch a good schedule of replays of conference games Monday. Here’s the list.
— The weekend review by SI.com’s Stewart Mandel is always a must-read. He leads it of this week with the revival of UCLA (UW may be glad the Bruins aren’t on the schedule) and Oregon State.
— The Pac-12 is Dr. Saturday’s top winner of the week.
— Jim Moore wonders whether the Huskies or Cougars were less impressive this weekend.
— Interesting column in the Eugene Register-Guard assessing some of the reasons Oregon’s crowds are down a little bit.
— Finally, here’s a Seattle Times poll on what was the most surprising aspect of the local college football weekend: