Kind of a dual-purpose entry here. First, a quick look at UW’s updated national and Pac-12 stats, and below some links.
First, the stats.
Here’s UW updated NCAA stats page.
Obviously, the defensive numbers stand out as UW is ranked 21st in the nation in total defense at 315 yards per game. By way of comparison, UW finished last season 106th in the nation at 453.31 yards per game (here’s UW’s 2011 end-of-season stats page).
Other notable defensive numbers: UW is 13th in pass defense at 167.75, and in what tends to be a more accurate barometer of the strength of a secondary, is 20th in pass efficiency defense; UW moved up markedly in rushing defense after the game against Stanford and now is 56th at 147.25; and the Huskies are tied for 24th in turnover margin at plus-one.
As is no surprise, the offensive numbers are not quite as glittering as the Huskies are 107th in total offense at 313.25 (UW averaged 409.8 last year) and is 104th in rushing offense (119.25), 98th in passing (194) and 100th in pass efficiency.
Now for a few links. …
— UW next plays at Oregon Saturday night. The Ducks beat Washington State 51-26 Saturday night at CenturyLink Field, though not before a somewhat tense first half. All the Ducks coverage you would ever want here from The Oregonian and here from the Eugene Register-Guard.
— And here is The Oregonian’s daily Oregon rundown.
— Mason Kelley of ESPN’s HuskyNation talked to Bellevue High’s Myles Jack, Sean Constantine and Budda Baker about having attended the win over Stanford — Constantint has committed to UW for the Class of 2013, Jack has committed to UCLA and Baker is a top Class of 2014 target. Jack says UW has been recruiting him harder than ever since he committed to UCLA and that “I like that.” He also notes Steve Sarkisian, Tosh Lupoi, Justin Wilcox and Eric Kiesau were all at Bellevue’s game Friday night.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller projects UW to the Sun with Oregon to the national title game and surging Oregon State to the Rose.
— Jon Wilner names Justin Wilcox as his coordinator of the week, and also provides lots of other Pac-12 news and notes.
— And it was a tough loss for Arizona.
— Dennis Dodd of CBSSports.com, who attended Thursday night’s UW-Stanford game, has the Huskies 24th.
— Lots of links on WSU/Oregon and around the conference from Christian Caple.
— Cal lost at home Saturday to Arizona State and Rumors out of the Bay Area that Jeff Tedford will be in trouble if the Bears don’t finish .500 or better. One Cal writer wonders if the Bears can beat anyone left on their schedule.
— LA Times columnist T.J. Simers isn’t too impressed by Jim Mora despite UCLA’s win over Colorado Saturday.