Happy Monday, folks.
The Huskies opened as a 15-point favorite against Illinois over the weekend. The Illini are also 2-0, coming off a comeback victory over Western Kentucky in which new quarterback Wes Lunt threw for 456 yards and three touchdowns. Lunt completed 35 of 50 passes with one interception. He’s fifth in the country with 741 yards passing through two games, and he’ll surely be another challenge for the Huskies’ young and beleaguered secondary.
Kickoff is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium for a national TV broadcast on FOX.
- Danny Shelton‘s four sacks against Eastern Washington were the most by a UW player since 1989. He has 24 tackles in two games, and his six sacks on 7.5 tackles for loss both lead the nation. Impressive stuff for far from the 339-pound senior nose tackle who has been nominated for the national Lott Impact Trophy weekly award — which you can vote on here.
- Illinois’ defense has been under fire, too. (Illinois by the way, has a safety named Taylor Barton, not to be confused with the former UW quarterback.)
- Week 2 bowl projections from the ESPN Pac-12 bloggers.
- Jake Locker impressed in the Titans’ season opener on Sunday. Bishop Sankey had six carries for 25 yards in his NFL debut.
- And Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a 26-yard reception for Tampa Bay in his debut before leaving with a leg injury.
- Myles Jack could see more time at running back for UCLA.
- Oregon denies that it pumps in artificial noise at Autzen Stadium.
Tight end snaps for Bucs? Brandon Myers had most with 45; Austin Seferian-Jenkins had 20 before injury, Luke Stocker had 14.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) September 8, 2014