No. 2 Oregon (5-0) at No. 16 Washington (4-1). 1 p.m. at Husky Stadium. TV: Fox Sports 1.
We’re less than 52 hours away. Deep breaths, folks. Deep breaths.
—- Notebook: Keith Price, on the heels of perhaps the best game of his career, says his thumb will be fine come Saturday.
—- Larry Stone on the Huskies’ golden opportunity against Oregon. From Sarkisian:
“We feel we have the opportunity to elevate ourselves to one of the elite teams in the country,’’ Sarkisian said after practice Wednesday. “We went toe-to-toe with a top-five team last week on the road, and now here comes the No. 2 team, who’s gone to consecutive BCS bowls.
“I think it (a win) would kind of cement where we are in the world of college football, and how far we’ve come, and that those real goals of winning national championships are there for us.”
—- SI’s Andy Staples, who attended the UW-Stanford game Saturday, writes that the Huskies can continue their resurgence Saturday
(The Stanford loss) another building block for a program that needed more than a basic renovation when Sarkisian arrived. He had to pour a new foundation before he could even start building to this point. When Sarkisian took over, Washington players wouldn’t wear Huskies gear around campus because they were embarrassed. “As a young coach, I was coming in thinking it was going to be all X’s and O’s, that we were just going to score points and play defense. I quickly realized it was more about changing a culture. I had to change the way they think, the way they act, the way they talk, the way they dress. It’s not a sometime thing. It’s an all-the-time thing.”
—- Bud Withers on the secret to Oregon’s success. Hint: It’s not Nike.
—- The Oregon defense has taken notice of Bishop Sankey.
—- Is Seattle too civilized to win big in college football? The Wall Street Journal takes a look.
—- De’Anthony Thomas is out of his walking boot, but his status for Saturday remains uncertain.