Yep, those are the new black matte helmets the Huskies will wear against Oregon on Saturday. The Ducks, I hear, are scheduled to host their weekly UFO landing this afternoon in Eugene, with aliens presenting their ceremonial uniform combination. (That’s an unconfirmed report.)
The game is being billed as a “blackout” at Husky Stadium. UW is hosting a “BlackOut Rally” for student members of the Dawg Pack on Thursday night. More info here.
And here’s a schedule of events Saturday morning for ESPN’s “GameDay” show.
A few practice notes from the 20-minute open window this morning:
—- Starting left tackle Micah Hatchie was wearing a no-contact jersey.
—- Travis Coons continued to serve as the primary kickoff specialist, after taking over for an injured Cameron Van Winkle for the last kickoff against Stanford.
—- Steve Sarkisian had said he wanted more of his “best guys” on special teams. Sure enough, this morning’s kickoff coverage unit included Shaq Thompson, Sean Parker, Marcus Peters, Will Shamburger, Princeton Fuimaono, Travis Feeney, Cory Littleton, Darrell Daniels, Jesse Callier and Dwayne Washington.
—- On Marcus Mariota, the one that got away from UW.
—- On Shaq Thompson, the one that got away from Oregon.
—- Shaw blasts Sark over fake-injury accusations.
—- More on the fake-injury gate from Jon Wilner of the San Jose Mercury News.
—- Mark Helfrich weighs in on the fake injuries Oregon has seen in the past.
—- Ducks’ depth will be tested against UW.
—- Live chat at noon today with Damon Huard.
—- Here’s my appearance on the Steve Sandmeyer Show from Monday (scroll down to the start of hour 2).