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November 21, 2005 at 3:23 PM

Pac-10 off to slow start

Somebody wrote in the pages of The Seattle Times about two weeks ago – OK, I guess it was me – that the Pac-10 would be much improved this season because the teams in the middle and the bottom of the pack were getting better.
It’s really early, but so far, that prediction is looking about as good as my pick that the UW football team would go 6-5 this season – I bought into the theory that Tyrone Willingham would have the same first-year impact here that he did at Stanford and Notre Dame.
On the hardwood, the Pac-10 is off to a pretty bad start.
Consider:
Oregon State loses 90-62 at Tennessee Tech, a game in which the Beavers were two-point favorites.
Stanford loses 79-63 at home to UC-Irvine. Sure, Matt Haryasz didn’t play. But UC-Irvine? At home?
USC loses to Cal State-Northridge, a Big West team, at home, for the first time in its history.
Cal loses to Eastern Michigan.
So far, all that’s saving the Pac-10 is Washington and UCLA – Washington State and Oregon each have wins against vastly inferior teams as well – with Arizona attempting to further uphold its honor tonight against Kansas. Arizona State has yet to play.
Of the four defeats, I actually find the OSU loss the most surprising as a look at the box score doesn’t reveal any real reason for the loss, such as a key player missing. I’m among those who’ve thought OSU could turn a corner to real respectability this season. But OSU’s problem a year ago was that it couldn’t win on the road, and that loss shows that it’s still an issue.
Odds and ends
The Huskies are back in the Top 25 at No. 25 in the AP Poll. But don’t expect a celebration from coach Lorenzo Romar. Other than saying that, “It’s great for the perception of the program,” he realizes it doesn’t mean a whole lot right now.
Still nothing new on Harvey Perry. He won’t play Tuesday night against Idaho and is scheduled for one more test on his back Friday. Romar said after that it will be determined if Perry will play this season or redshirt.
No matter what happens with Perry, Romar said Joe Wolfinger will redshirt this season. Obviously, the two play different positions so it’s not as if Wolfinger would be needed to play for Perry.
Mike Jensen is still on track to return in mid- to late-December.

Comments | Topics: top 25, UCLA

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