Despite dropping a 23-17 decision this past weekend at the hands of BYU, Washington picked up nine votes in this week's coaches poll. UW didn't pick up any votes in the AP poll. Boise State picked up seven first place votes after its win over Virginia Tech and is ranked third, while Oregon is rated 7th.
The Syracuse Orange--this week's opponents--opened the season with 29-3 home victory over Akron. Sophomore quarterback Ryan Nassib threw a pair of touchdown passes, while senior tailback Delone Carter ran 26 times for 91 yards and a score to give the 'Cuse its first season-opening victory since 2003. Washington is 2-1 against Syracuse and is currently favored by 13.5 points. Syracuse has gone 1-11-1 in games played in the western half of the country since 1964 with the lone victory a 32-14 win at UCLA in 1967. Washington is 23-2 in home games against teams from the East since 1970. The game has a 4:00 PM PST start and will be televised on Fox Sports Net.
It looks like Reggie Bush is going to be the first player in the history of the award to lose the Heisman Trophy.
The college schedule revs up this weekend with a big slate of games led by Miami at Ohio State, Penn State at Alabama, and Florida State at Oklahoma.
In the Pac 10 the big games are Stanford at UCLA, Virginia at USC, California at Colorado, and Oregon at Tennessee.
Washington State was just pounded by Oklahoma State 65-17 last weekend. Up next is mighty Montana State at home. The Bobcats won their opener 59-10 over NCAA II Fort Lewis College. Can the Cougars bounce back and win the most winnable game on their schedule?
Would USC consider going independent?
"But would we every consider it? I think you have to. As an athletic director in today’s environment, you have to consider every alternative." - Pat Haden