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October 12, 2012 at 9:14 AM

Friday links

And then the rains came.

After what has been two-and-a-half months or so without any real rain, it is coming down as I type this, setting the stage for a soggy Saturday at CenturyLink — our forecast calls for a 90 percent chance of rain.

Will that help the Huskies? Maybe, though as noted, they haven’t been practicing in rain any more than USC (and the Trojans apparently used hoses during practice Thursday to acclimate their players to the expected conditions). I think history would show that, like most things when it comes to football, the opponent and its quality matters more than weather (it rained like crazy, if I recall right, for Stanford’s 41-0 here in 2010, to name one). But maybe it would help UW’s karma, if nothing else.

Now for some links. …

Percy Allen, in our weekly look at the opponent, examined the impact of Penn State transfer Silas Redd on USC.

Bud Withers previews the weekend.

— UW commit Cameron Van Winkle recently became the state’s all-time leader in field goals.

— This is an ESPN Insider piece, but there’s good stuff here from Mason Kelley on UW’s recruiting weekend, which isn’t as big as was originally planned. As Kelley reports (and as has also been reported by the likes of Scout.com/Dawgman.com) a couple of players who had planned to come on visits this weekend — RB Khalfani Muhammad of Sherman Oaks, Calif., and DE Joe Mathis of Upland, Calif, — will not be able to make it due to conflicts with their high school teams. So the only official visitor is expected to be linebacker Caleb Tucker of Monroe, La., who was one of the seven players who committed to UW last summer. OL Sean Harlow and DL Elijah Qualls, who have each already committed to UW, are expected on unofficial visits, and lots of local players are sure to attend the game as unofficial visitors, as well. (RealDawg.com reported last night that Mead High LB Danny Mattingly, who has already committed to Notre Dame, will also visit.)

— Kelley also has this story on Tucker in which Tucker said he hopes to see more of the city this time and also expects to see a UW win. “To be honest, total domination,” he is quoted of saying of what he expects out of the Huskies against USC. “We’re going to smash on USC.”

— Some of what UW commit Troy Williams has done this season recapped here.

— Grantland.com previews the weekend in college football and (I think) picks UW to win.

— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller writes about the seasons of Keith Price and Matt Barkley.

— The LA Times offers a feature on Khaled Holmes.

— The College Football Matrix, which has gotten every UW game this season correct (which means it did predict UW to beat Stanford) calls for a Trojans’ win this weekend.

— Interesting stuff from ESPN’s The Huddle on the UW-USC game, including a story I hadn’t heard regarding Cyler Miles’ recruitment.

— More from ESPN.com on Zach Banner’s homecoming.

— ESPN also reviews the Lane Kiffin-Steve Sarkisian relationship.

— PacificTakes picks USC 38-20.

— An LA TV station presents a Tale of the Tape.

— In the Thursday night Pac-12 game, Arizona State did as expected and dispatched Colorado rather handily after a close first half.

— Here’s the daily Pac-12 Rundown from The Oregonian, and from the Spokesman-Review.

— And here’s the daily roundup from the Pac-12 blog.

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