I could also have titled these “links from 35,000 feet” as I am attempting to get a blog post up here while also getting home.
Because of that, I won’t be able to link quite as much as usual. But here we go with a few links and notes:
— You can find all of our coverage here, including Jerry Brewer’s column that UW’s continuing road woes are a disgrace, and my game story and notebook, leading off with the post-game comments concerning Keith Price.
— Here’s UW’s updated NCAA stats page. And a lot of the numbers are not all that pretty. A couple that stand out:
UW is now 113th in tackles for a loss after not getting any last night — though Arizona ended up running just 71 plays, far off its usual 90 pace. (Arizona did have one negative play when Matt Scott lost eight yards fumbling a snap. But that was it).
The Huskies also are now 109th in the nation in passing efficiency. That was evident last night in UW needing 52 passes to get 256 yards — Arizona got that exact same amount of yards in 30 fewer attempts (22). Washington averaged just 4.9 yards per attempt, continuing a season-long trend of not being able to make a ton of big plays in the passing game, while Arizona averaged 11.6
And in what’s often just viewed as indicating the ability of the lines on each side, UW is 90th in the nation in rushing offense (130 per game) and 96th in rushing defense (196).
Net punting also took a hit last night with the long return and UW is now 114th in that category.
UW also fell to 98th in sacks after not getting any last night, and with nine for the season are now last in the Pac-12, being passed by Arizona after the Wildcats got four.
UW remains ranked high in pass defense at 19th, but that’s solely a measurement of yards allowed — the Huskies are giving up 184.57. The more relevant assessment is UW’s ranking of 69th in pass defense efficiency, which is 10th in the conference. The blowout losses have meant a lot of teams not throwing much on UW late in games, such as last night when Arizona attempted just five passes in the second half, good for 39 yards.
And maybe most indicative of where it seems like the team is right now, UW doesn’t rank higher than sixth in any category in the Pac-12 other than the aforementioned pass defense number (which is second in the conference).
— You can listen to the KJR-AM post-game show here.
— CBSSports.com still has UW going bowling, projecting them to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl to play Navy.
— ESPN.com’s Ted Miller says it’s possible Arizona is better than everyone thinks.
— The Huskies now play Oregon State, the surprise team in the conference after going to 6-0 yesterday with a win over Utah. Here’s everything you’d need on the Beavers from The Oregonian.
— Christian Caple also wraps up the Pac-12 weekend.
— CBSSports.com wraps up the weekend in the Pac-12.
— Ken Goe has lots of other links around college football.
— Finally, here’s my Top 25 for this week:
3, Kansas State
6, Oregon State
7, Notre Dame
8, Florida State
10, Ohio State
12, Texas Tech
14, Mississippi State
15, South Carolina
21, Texas A&M