No suspense here – there’s really no justifiable reason to predict anything other than a relatively easy Huskies victory in this one, even considering the inherent unpredictability of a team playing its first game under a new head coach.
The biggest storyline for UW, of course, besides Petersen’s debut, is the first career start for third-year sophomore quarterback Jeff Lindquist, who won the starting job over redshirt freshman Troy Williams.
And it’s what Lindquist did during camp to earn that nod – good decisions, ball control, improved accuracy – that he must display against Hawaii, which finished last season ranked 115th nationally in total defense, finished with a 1-11 record and has installed a new scheme under first-year defensive coordinator Kevin Clune. (Here’s a link to our Hawaii preview from earlier this summer, with a few of their key returning contributors listed.) Read more »
The first week of the season has finally arrived, and in power conferences like the Pac-12, that usually means a couple weeks filled with mostly lopsided scores against inferior opponents.
There are at least a couple intriguing games in the conference this week to provide some opportunity for yours truly to botch a pick or two. With all that said, here we go with our weekly Pac-12 predictions. All lines (courtesy of VegasInsider.com) are for entertainment purposes only, unless you want to use them to gamble. I don’t really care. As always, the pick for the Huskies’ game will come in a separate post on Friday. Read more »
Here they are in all their glory — our team-by-team Pac-12 preview capsules. Teams are listed in order of predicted finish. All returning starter numbers are taken straight from the Pac-12 prospectus, which obviously doesn’t reflect fall camp injuries and defections. So keep that in mind.
Coach: Mark Helfrich, second year
2013: 11-2 overall, 7-2 in Pac-12
Starters returning: 9 on offense, 5 on defense Read more »
Here it is, the first Monday of football season, which means the first of many Monday press conferences for Huskies coach Chris Petersen (and, presumably, the Huskies’ depth chart for Saturday’s opener at Hawaii).
The Huskies’ practice today is completely closed to media with no coach or player availability, so there won’t be much in this space today. It’s the weekend, anyway. But, links. There are always links.