Before moving on to the links, a few last words on the LSU game. And yes, I’ll make them brief, but I finally got around to watching all of the replay last night and wanted to pass along a few thoughts:
— From this vantage point, it didn’t look any better on review, and might have been even a little worse. As Keith Price noted after the game — and as the TV broadcast pointed out time and against — the Tigers basically dropped seven defenders back in pass coverage most of the game, able easily to defend the rush with just four linemen, and then quickly pursuing linebackers and defensive backs.
— As Steve Sarkisian noted with some frustration after the game, the speed of LSU’s back seven is evident throughout. There are indeed a few plays that look like they could be decent-sized gains but simply go nowhere when LSU defenders appear quickly to stop it. The obvious hope going forward is that LSU is just that much faster than most everyone else.
— As reported yesterday, Colin Tanigawa didn’t practice, though he wasn’t reported as being injured after the game. There’s no sign of an injury watching the replay, as he participated through the second-to-the-last offensive series, when he was replaced by Dexter Charles (though worth noting that on the last series, Tanigawa was the only regular OL not in the game).
—- As Hugh Millen noted in our Husky Roundtable on KJR-AM on Monday, it didn’t appear as if LSU ran more than about 8-10 plays the entire game, and especially in the second half. Consider LSU ran the ball 28 times in the second half to just five passes. Particularly disheartening in that regard was LSU’s last scoring drive, when it ran the ball on 12 of 13 plays, moving a methodical 65 yards in 13 plays.
Now for some links.. …
— My story for the Wednesday paper led off with an item on Thomas Tutogi (pictured below last year against Colorado in a Dean Rutz photo).
— Here’s Bud Withers’ Pac-12 notebook.
— Former Huskies Matt Rogers and Kyle Benn have some not-very-good thoughts about the LSU game in this podcast.
— Bruce Feldman can’t believe the Huskies (and Cougars) aren’t scoring more than they are.
— Mason Kelley has had some good stuff lately on ESPN’s HuskyNation, including this list of 14 offensive players UW has its eye on for the Class of 2014.
— The Salt Lake Tribune rates UW seventh in the Pac-12 this week.
— CBSSports.com looks at Pac-12 players whose NFL stock is rising and falling (with UW’s Drew Schaefer listed in the latter category).
— Missed this over the weekend but UW qb commit Troy Williams had a big game Friday.
— Former Husky Johri Fogerson had 97 yards and four touchdowns for Central Washington last weekend.
— Here’s the weekly Pac-12 notebook from the Spokesman-Review.
— And here are the National Football Post’s Pac-12 rankings (UW is seventh).
— WSU safety Deone Bucannon has been suspended for the first half of Friday’s game for a hit last week against EWU.
— Lots of Pac-12 notes from The Sports Network.
— In proof that just about everybody has depth issues, LSU is now down to 74 scholarship players.
— Jon Wilner examines the Pac-12’s deal with DISH and the chances for a deal with DirecTV.