Dots make the heart grow fonder.
- Let's start with the "other football". It was Husky vs Husky as the UW drew to a 0-0 tie with UConn in a soccer match last night. It was a tough game for the Huskies as senior and pre-season All-American candidate Spencer Richey suffered a broken leg. Our thoughts and well-wishes go out to our fellow Dawg.
Not where you want to be 4 games into your senior year, but I'll back healthy in no time. Road to… http://t.co/9KuMVVnRJv— Spencer Richey (@srichey13) September 11, 2013
- On the MBB beat, Coach Lorenzo Romar landed a big recruit in Fresno State transfer Robert Upshaw. Percy has some comments from LoRo on Upshaw as well as some insights on what the trickle down effects on recruiting overall may be. Bottom line: expect some attrition from the current roster.
- Hey Coach Matt Thurmond, how are those Lady Golfers doing?
Those Lady Dawgs dominated the field in winning the Topy Cup. The Dawgs shot a tournament record of 24-under par 280 to defeat second-place Oregon State and three Japanese universities. According to the UW Sports Information Department, their 840 was the lowest score in Washington women’s golf history. The 50-stroke margin of victory was also a Topy Cup record.
- The Men's Golf team also competed in the Topy Cup competition, finishing second to a Japanese team and one stroke ahead of UAB with a score of 819.
- The new Sports Medicine Center at Husky Stadium isn't just a great clinic for Husky Athletes, it is a one-of-a-kind sports treatment and rehabilitation center that sets a new standard for Centers of Excellence. Take a look at what this unheralded component of our stadium project yielded for Seattle residents and Husky Athletes.
- One win that the University of Illinois already has over UW - they finished five spots ahead of UW's #16 in the latest US News Public University rankings.
- In his beat report, Tim Booth asks the question on everybody's mind with Illinois fast approaching: Can the Huskies play even faster than what we saw versus Boise State?
- Unknown to most fans outside of UW, the Huskies have one of the better at home records in all of college football over the past four seasons - especially relative to their overall record. The big key to taking a next step is to translate home confidence into road success. Ted Miller writes that a more mature Husky team could well make that leap this year.
- Gregg Bell's latest "Unleashed" column goes deep on Husky starting Safety, Sean Parker. Documenting SP's morphing from bonehead to team leader, this is a great read in typical Bell fashion.
- Also from Bell, his "Bell on the Beat" report focuses on the return of Austin Seferian-Jenkins to the starting lineup with some commentary on his overall health status. SPOILER ALERT: ASJ is ready to tear it up in Chicago.
- Speaking of ASJ, why did he do it??? ...to get faster:
- How about this little nugget from Anthony on Bishop Sankey? Maybe it is time we start talking about a darkhorse Heisman campaign because these are some serious numbers:
Over his last 6 games, Bishop Sankey is averaging 182 yards from scrimmage and 1.83 touchdowns per contest.— UW Dawg Pound (@UWSBN) September 12, 2013
- There has been lots of dialog in our post comments regarding the threat represented by the Illinois offense. For those who haven't been following, Illinois runs a multiple style offense not unlike that run by Sark the last few years. In preparation, the Huskies are preparing for "chaos", according to beat reporter Todd Dybas.
- On the flip side, the Huskies have the full attention of this surprising Illinois team. The name of the game is catching up to UW's speed and pace of play.
- One Illinois blog posted this comprehensive, entertaining and "brutally honest" preview of Saturday's game.
- For the game, UW will be sporting a road-white helmet as reported by Adam Jude (don't worry, the purple "W" will be added on before the games)
- Athlon Sports had their experts, including Dawg Pound friend Mitch Light, preview the Pac 12 games of the week and pick each one. The four panelists unanimously picked UW.
- By the way, you may have heard that the NFL kicked off last week creating lots of opportunities for former Huskies to show off their stuff. Seahawk fans, of course, rejoiced over Jermaine Kearse's first career NFL TD - a huge 43 yard bomb that showcased his athleticism and -surprise- lasik-vision enhanced hands. Less covered was Desmond Trufant's excellent showing against Drew Brees and the high-flying New Orleans offense.
UW @ Illinois TV Information
There have been lots of questions about where to watch the UW game. The Dots have you covered:
Gametime: 5pm CT / 3pm PT
Location: Soldier Field, Chicago
TV Info: Big 10 Network
Streaming Audio: TuneIn (requires registration)
The Big 10 is actually showing two games at the 5pm CT hour. If you have DirecTV and the sports package (sigh, Larry Scott) you have no worries because both games are aired. Otherwise, you may be regionally blocked out depending on where you are. The B1G Network has a handy channel finder to help you find your way, including information on the BTN2Go web streaming option.
Question of the Day
The Huskies are traveling today to Chicago (as am I!). What does this team have to do differently in order to capture success as a road team?