Good morning. It’s a Sunday that feels like a Monday after Washington played football on a Friday this week. The Huskies have an extra day to regroup, while the basketball team tries to regroup from Thursday’s loss to Cal-Irvine with a game tonight against Eastern Washington. On to the links …
— We had a follow story in today’s newspaper setting up the next week for the Huskies, who could be without quarterback Keith Price (link will be added in the morning when the story goes up).
— The Seattle Times: Price’s status is up in the air.
In yesterday’s Pac-12 action …
USC 20, Stanford 17 — The Pac-12 lost any remaining chance it had to sneak two teams into a BCS bowl game, as the Cardinal lost on an Andre Heidari field goal in the game’s final minutes. This result also puts more pressure on the Huskies, who now could need seven wins to assure a spot in a bowl game. The Pac-12 has seven bowl tie-ins, though if other conferences don’t fulfill their bowl agreements, it’s possible that a spot could open elsewhere. Right now, California is the only team with more than six losses (though Colorado will surely join them next week after it plays USC). Utah has exactly six losses, but can get bowl eligible by beating WSU and Colorado to end the season. There are already eight bowl eligible teams: Oregon, Stanford, USC, Arizona State, UCLA, Arizona, Oregon State and Washington, and WSU can join them by winning either of their final two games. If Utah beats WSU and Colorado, and WSU beats Washington, the conference will have 10 bowl-eligible teams. Something might have to give.
Arizona State 30, Oregon State 17 — Marion Grice — who else? — led the Sun Devils’ ground attack. Oregon State’s quarterback and top receiver struggled, and the Beavers are now on a 3-game losing streak entering next weekend’s game against the Huskies.
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