Time to get taped and strap it on. Gameday has arrived, at least for those few of you in a P12N footprint geography with the right kind of access. The rest of you can enjoy something on the Big 10 Network.
Dots. It's what you want.
- Lots of Huskies preview stuff out there in the world of digital fish wrapping. Here are some for you to chew on:
--The AP has a game preview with some pretty stiff commentary on the status of the UW defense and its perception nationwide
-- The Pacific Takes has a pretty good preview that considers the points of view of Aztec Fan vs Husky Fan and then makes a call
-- The UT does the typical "head to head" analysis of the game, gives some interesting scores to the Aztecs and then makes the inevitable call
-- The Husky Haul has their own pre-game breakdown that is definitely worth a read.
- Sarkisian has a history with the San Diego State Aztecs. Did you know?
- While much has been made of the new Husky Defense, there is more than a fair share of change on the offensive side of the ball.
- Of course, we can't ignore the Defense altogether. It is time to move on from the Alamo Bowl.
- Fun with numbers: Some over/under predictions on the UW 2012 season statistics.
- Yesterday was final cut down day in the NFL. Chris Polk, surprisingly, made the Eagles roster. I think this should be read as indication that the Eagles are wavering in their confidence in Dion Lewis as a back up to Shady McCoy. Some other notable bubble players that made rosters include Daniel Te'o-Nesheim in Tampa Bay, Alameda Ta'amu in Pittsburgh Marcel Reece in Oakland, and Senio Kelemete in Arizona. Unfortunately, several Dawgs got cut including Everette Thompson, Devin Aguilar, Jermaine Kearse, and Isaiah Stanback who just missed the sixth receiver slot in New York. Look for our weekly "Sundays Best" column for a full analysis.
- Speaking of Alameda Ta'amu, the Steelers Depot analyses his struggles to date and pins them on two areas: pad level and mental mistakes in his transition to 3-4 Nose Tackle.
- The ESPN NFC South Blog sees the Tampa Bay linebacking crew, including Mason Foster, as a weakness.
- SB Nation looks at what it is going to take for the Huskies to "take the next step" ... a familiar theme.
- In what be a painful memory for some of you older fans, the Tuscon Citizen is counting down the fifty greatest games in Wildcat history and references a certain wild one versus a very strong UW team as its #2.
- In non-football news, the UW Volleyball registered a dominating upset en route to a pre-season tournament title and to remain undefeated. This could be a special season for the Lady Dawgs who are off to a blistering start. Ironically, one of the teams they defeated here was LSU. Geaux Dawgs!
- The Men's Soccer team was also as good in a big win over Wisconsin.
- Finally, a word on DirecTV. Avinash has been tracking this situation very well and, in this Pacific Takes post, speculates on what went wrong. It is a good read, but I think it ignores the obvious: the fact that the P12N lost a ton of leverage when they failed to ensure that the cables rolled out nationally. By creating a competitive alternative for the fans in large markets that actually matter to DirecTV could opt into, the P12N shot themselves in the foot. This ridiculous "quit DirecTV" campaign reeks of desperation and is built on the laughable premise that there are enough sports fans on the west coast who value P12N access over their NFL Sunday Ticket to get rid of DirecTV. Maybe if the campaign could be scaled nationally, that might be true... ahhh, but the P12N screwed that up. It was the most significant blunder in the entirety of this sordid affair (although the digital rights squandering may be the most painful to fans). So, for those thousands of Huskies fans from Nevada to Minnesota to Chicago to Nashville to Atlanta to Miami, buck up. I'm sure fellow members like UW Bow Down will toast you cheerfully as they enjoy the good fortune of living in one of the few markets Larry Scott actually got to broadcast.