Road trippin' to Skinners Mudhole, dishing on Dawgs in the NBA, and a healthy serving of a Justin Wilcox.
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- The BCS guru has simulated this week's BCS standings with the good guys making an appearance.
- Despite the ruminations of said guru, the Pac 12 Roundtable (which, curiously, lacks any UW representation) thinks the Huskies are the most "overrated" team in the PAC. I guess that Utah and Stanford have now passed the mantle to us. I understand the rationale and I'm all for being slotted in the underdog role. We've covered this many times - our roster, top to bottom, is far younger than teams like Oregon (which is young in their own right), Stanford and Cal. If we are "overrated" at this stage, then it can only be because our young guys have done more than they should be expected to continue doing at this stage of our evolution. So be it.
- Danny Shelton - who I think is really growing into his own skin - is the subject of this feature from his home town news rag.
- Art Theil has the secret to UW's success so far this season and it comes down to one easy word: Tackling.
- On the recruiting front, the athletic Bryce Dixon (TE, St. Bonaventure) has landed an offer for a chance to be the next in a long line of legends at Tight-End U ($).
- Kevin Gemmell takes a look at the Oregon vs UW game and asks himself who could possibly change the outcome of the game from what is expected to come to pass? Hmmm, I wonder who has the teeth to pull something like that off?
- CBS Sports has their weekly game preview here and it includes a final score that may surprise.
- Speaking of previews, here is a video preview from the ESPN PAC 12 Blog.
- Here are some notes from Eugene, including more talk that Chip Kelly doesn't see any rivalry issues and speculation on the status of stud Oregon LB Michael Clay.
- Mason Kelley has "Five Storylines" ($) on the game which include takes on Justin Wilcox, Austin Seferian-Jenkins and De'Anthony Thomas. Note to Mason - this is the kind of content that you want to make available for free to suck in readers because, frankly, these insights, while interesting, aren't deeply insightful or worth paying money for. Compare and contrast that to the excellent recruiting material that you are assembling and you might be missing a chance to draw in eyeballs.
- Bud Withers has a reflective piece in the Seattle Times and he wonders aloud whatever happened to the "old rivalry". It is a question that I, myself, asked earlier in the week ... but we won't relive that discourse.
- Lots of Justin Wilcox stuff out there, as might be expected. This is a great week to get fully up to speed on your defensive coordinator. Ken Goe from the Oregonian takes a look at the wunderkind who is overhauling the UW defense.
- Greg Bell also has a great in-depth piece on an unleashed Justin Wilcox. Included in this piece is a nickname granted to him by Sean Parker - a nickname that makes it worth reading the whole article all by itself.
- CSN posted an interview with Justin Wilcox. I've never been so pleased to see a Duck get so much airtime.
- In Husky alum news, the effervescent Donald Butler has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week continuing the tradition of strong Husky showings in the NFL this season (Mason Foster, Dashon Goldson, Jake Locker).
- Turning attentions to basketball (which will be picking up steam in the UWDP soon), Percy has been busy over at the Seattle Times. He has an excellent update on Huskies in the NBA. Read the post and consider for a moment what an amazing job Lorenzo Romar has done in turning out NBA quality talent throughout the league. It is really stunning to see UW players dotting the rosters of so many teams.
- Percy also notes that Athlon's is picking UW to finish seventh in the PAC 12. I haven't studied it closely, but I can see the logic. UW has the advantage of turning out a very veteran roster this year (Aziz N'diyae, Scott Suggs, and Abdul Gaddy are all seniors this year). However, we also have a lot of unknowns on the bench and what would look like, at first blush, a smallish roster.
- Also this bit of curiosity - Mark McLaughlin has already resurfaced. He will be enrolling at the University of Wayward Washington Souls, otherwise known as Central Washington.