Of course, in their own way, they are all big. Lose to a Portland State and see how big it becomes then.
But it was interesting hearing Steve Sarkisian say on KJR-AM yesterday that he talked to his team during training camp about today’s game at Arizona and where it fit into the schedule — after the so-called “gauntlet” of a first half and as the first game of the second half. Sarkisian didn’t necessarily call it make-or-break, but more of a tone-setter. No doubt, the season is far from over with a loss today — there’s still enough manageable games on the schedule to get to a bowl.
But it becomes a lot easier with a win today — and would also feel a lot better. Win, and there’s a lot of momentum and a little more excitement heading into a game with a likely Top 10-ranked Oregon State team next Saturday. Lose, and that goes a way and the talk comes of UW needing to beat the Beavers to avoid digging a tough hole to get out of to get to a bowl.
It’s looming as a nice weather day, with a high of 91 in the forecast, dipping eventually to 60. All the unseasonably dry weather we had in Seattle might help the Huskies today — not like it’s been forever since they’ve played/practiced in weather like this, as is sometimes the case coming down.
I’m again scheduled to help fill-in on the pre-game show on KJR-AM beginning at 3:30 p.m., so tune in for that, and check back here for a pre-game chat and updates during the game.
Now for some gameday links. …
— And I’ll begin with the Arizona Daily Star’s “Mr. Football” column which produces an amazing stat — Arizona and UW are each exactly .500 since their memorable 1992 game when UW came to Tucson ranked No. 1 in the country and having won 22 in a row, only to lose to the Wildcats 16-3 the week the Billy Joe Hobert allegations came to light. Since that day, according to the column, Arizona is 112-112 and UW is 118-118-1 (the tie coming in 1995 against USC the last season before the overtime rule)
— Here’s my preview story on the game.
— Here’s the AP preview.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller said in his mailbag Friday that UW fans should be patient and good things may be in the offing in 2013.
— PacificTakes picks the Huskies in a rather low-scoring affair, 23-21.
— Here’s the preview from GoHuskies.com, with lots of info on how to watch the game, as well.
— Here’s the GamedayCentral page from Arizona’s official site.
— The Daily Star also says today’s game is key to Arizona’s bowl hopes.
— The Tucson Citizen has more on Arizona linebacker Sir Thomas Jackson, an O’Dea High grad.
— The Dawgman.com crew offers predictions.
— MadduxSports says Arizona will win a close one.
— The betting line is mostly Arizona by 7.5, but one has the Wildcats at eight.
— Leading off the rest of the Pac-12 schedule may be Big Game between Cal and Stanford. And the San Francisco Chronicle reports nobody on either side is happy that the game is being played today instead of on the Saturday before Thanksgiving. The San Jose Mercury-News offers a preview.
— This year also marks 30 years since “The Play.”
— Utah travels to Oregon State and the Deseret News says the Utes are vowing to be competitive.
— The Oregonian examines how Oregon State fans are taking to OSU’s 5-0 start.
— CBSSports.com has lots of links previewing the weekend in the Pac-12.
— Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott said Thursday night no deal is near with DirecTV.
— In case you missed it, here’s the story on Central Valley’s kicker booting a 67-yard field goal on Thursday.