- Congratulations are in order. Go Dawgs!
- Football is on everyone's minds with a trip to Pasadena coming up in two days. UCLA's head coach, Jim Mora, is a Husky at heart and, as you may not know, he got a lot of help from his alma mater on his way to getting back on his feet and in realizing the success he's had with the Bruins.
- An interesting twist that some fans picked up on last week was the break that Steve Sarkisian had from the typical coach speak about "winning the day" and "taking it a game at a time" when he started talking about the importance of November and the "fourth quarter" of the season. Sark knows the importance of this four game stretch to both his program and his prospects for continued employment and, to his credit, he's not afraid to talk about it.
- Here are UW's game notes for UCLA with a link to their full press package. Always handy.
- Vegas is still thinking UCLA, but liking UW more and more as we get closer to game time.
- The break out of Austin Seferian-Jenkins in the first half of the Colorado game was a welcome sight to behold for Husky fans as ASJ was dominating in both receiving and blocking - especially when he was broken out wide. Sark made a point earlier in the week talking about how hard it has been for ASJ to keep up with the pace of the new offense and to accept the notion that it is ok to come out for a few plays and go hard all of the time as opposed to trying to pace himself in order to keep up with the little 5'9" 185lb wideouts that are built a little bit better for the HUNH attack. Hopefully this is a sign of things to come because the Bruins literally have nobody in their back half who can match up with the big man.
- Husky RB Bishop Sankey has been all over the draftnik blogs and is clearly in the debate as to who is the most draftable among the top four backs likely to come out of CFB this season.
- Speaking of Sankey, the question as to the "best back in the Pac" has boiled down to a two-man affair. NFL.com summarized the opinions of a couple of UCLA defenders and dropped in some stats to come up with their own conclusion.
- Ted Miller explores Sarkisian's quest to pass the seven win mark. With six already in the books and four more left to play, the odds look decent. Still, this is college football we are talking about.
- Been wondering what Kasen Williams is up to? Wonder no longer: he's already catching passes in his own way.
- Tough blow for Husky F Jernard Jarreau. Ironically, JJ will miss the game that was scheduled as his homecoming when the Huskies travel to Tulane.
Disappointing news about Jernard Jarreau's knee injury confirmed as ACL rupture. Blow to UW's frontcourt depth and his NBA chances.— Kevin Pelton (@kpelton) November 13, 2013
- On the eve of his 55th birthday, Lorenzo Romar stopped by the Seattle Times to do a live chat with Percy Allen.
- Apparently, those of us on the 'Pound are not the only ones interested in what is going on over at Hec Ed. Nice to hear from an old friend.
- The Women's Tennis Team wrapped up their Fall Season with several big wins, including three singles titles and a doubles title. Congrats to the Lady Huskies.
- While the Football team is taking care of business in LA under Friday Night Lights, the hottest ticket in Seattle may well be in Hec Ed where the #3 Women's Volleyball Team takes on the #4 USC Trojans with the Pac 12 title on the line.
- The Golf teams have wrapped up their fall seasons. The Times has the recap.
Question of the Day
The Huskies matchup against UCLA is interesting in that it pits two teams that are generally evenly matched. The Huskies have performed better against common opponents (five of them) and are clearly better than UCLA in all of the standard and advanced offensive and defensive statistical categories. However, this is offset by the fact that the Bruins are playing at home. In predicting the outcome of the game, which area do you give more credence: statistical performance to date (including against common opponents) or home/road factors?