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Bud Withers offers an inside look at the Pac-12 Conference and the national college scene.

July 31, 2014 at 9:00 PM

Some Husky history on Pac-12 Networks’ “Varsity Days”

Sunday, Pac-12 Networks kicks off the second season of its series, “Varsity Days,” which brings out of the archives some of the rich moments in the league’s history.

Sometimes, there’s a tendency to think of the league merely in terms of recent history — Reggie Bush, De’Anthony Thomas, Andrew Luck. But this is a conference, that, off the top of my head, probably has a history that stacks up to any league but perhaps the Big Ten in color, tradition, characters, and the program is a worthy attempt to capture some of that lore.

I call attention to two segments that will interest Washington fans. First, the historic 44-8 beatdown of Wisconsin in the 1960 Rose Bowl is due up Wednesday (Aug. 6) at 9 p.m. More than any one game, this was the one that reversed Big Ten dominance over the conference and swung the power back toward the West. It was all engineered, of course, by legendary coach Jim Owens.

At 9:30 p.m. Wednesday is the Washington victory, 28-0, over Iowa in the 1982 Rose Bowl, when freshman Jacque Robinson was MVP.

Cougar fans may want to check out WSU’s 1958 games with Stanford and UCLA, Sunday, Aug. 10 at 9:30 p.m. That one will be narrated by none other than Keith Jackson. Narrating the ’82 Rose Bowl, by the way, is Dick Enberg. Hard to think of two more iconic voices in West Coast college sports.

Here’s the release from the league with the schedule.

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