I’ll with a link to my story for the Monday paper that focuses on one of the aspects of Friday’s game that surely frustrated many fans — all the penalties.
As the story notes, though, UW fans have lots of company in that regard as the Pac-12 is again living up to its reputation for being a flag-happy league. As detailed in the story, eight Pac-12 teams rank among the bottom 20 in penalties (or top 20 in terms of getting the most penalties) in the nation. So while UW surely has some things to work in in penalty avoidance, some of it is also likely simply due to the nature of the way things are called in the conference.
And to repeat what UW coach Steve Sarkisian said on his radio show tonight, the Huskies were told four of the penalties called Friday were not correct, according to the conference office. That doesn’t help UW in terms of Friday’s game, but what it does do is allow UW coaches to show their players what they can and cannot do (or what they should be able to do, anyway).
As all teams do anymore, UW has officials at just about every practice to further in the process of learning what is and is not likely to be called.
IN OTHER NEWS. …
— Utah is now favored by a point or a point-and-a-half in all the lines.
— Here are the national TV ratings for Friday night, and the UW-Cal game drew a 0.3 — it’s the College Football Prime show listed there.
— SBNation breaks down how UW could still finish second in the Pac-12 North.
— PacificTakes looks at the good, bad and unknown of the UW-Cal game.
— Ted Miller rates UW seventh in the Pac-12 this week.
— Paul Buker rates the Huskies ninth.
— And here is the Pac-12 Rundown from The Oregonian.
— 247Sports.com has UW’s class rated at No. 16.
— Jon Wilner gives Cal a “D” for its effort against Washington.
— Cal coach Jeff Tedford said he didn’t have any issues with the tackle Danny Shelton made on Cal QB Zach Maynard on the play on which Maynard was injured.
— Rivals.com reviews the career of Utah coach Kyle Whittingham.
— Utah’s Reggie Dunn was named the conference’s Special Teams Player of the Week. The story also has some injury updates.
— Interesting stuff here on how the Vegas sports books took a beating over the weekend.
— Chris Polk had a tackle on special teams for the Eagles tonight.
— Finally, figured I’d pass along the Times poll of the night since it may be of interest to some of you: