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Category: Pac-12

Aug.
31st

Morning links: Huskies escape Honolulu with a win, but it wasn’t easy

FROM HONOLULU — The Huskies flew back to Seattle after a 17-16 victory over Hawaii last night. We’re still here, and will be until later tonight. And we have links, as always.

Here’s our game story, abridged as it is, given the late hour and tight deadlines.

— Plenty more on the blog, including quotes from Chris Petersen and our usual tale of the tape. Read more »

Aug.
29th

Picking the Washington-Hawaii game

Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa is a big dude who is tough to tackle. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
Hawaii running back Joey Iosefa is a big dude who is tough to tackle. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

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 »

Aug.
29th

Morning links: Aloha means the day before game day

FROM HONOLULU — We’ve arrived in Hawaii, where the Huskies begin the Chris Petersen era tomorrow at 7:30 p.m. against the Rainbow Warriors. We begin our morning links … now.

— In today’s newspaper, we took a look at a few of the Huskies’ Hawaiian-born players who are scrambling to fill as many ticket requests as possible from family and friends for Saturday’s game. Read more »

Aug.
28th

Pac-12 picks: Football is back, which means a bunch of blowouts (for now)

These folks must have picked Idaho State to cover, too. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)
These folks must have picked Idaho State to cover, too. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson)

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 »

Aug.
26th

Pac-12 preview capsules

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.

PAC-12 NORTH

OREGON DUCKS

Coach: Mark Helfrich, second year

2013: 11-2 overall, 7-2 in Pac-12

Starters returning: 9 on offense, 5 on defense Read more »

Aug.
25th

Morning links: If there’s a Monday press conference, football must be near

The Huskies play their season opener on Saturday against Hawaii at Aloha Stadium (AP Photo)
The Huskies play their season opener on Saturday against Hawaii at Aloha Stadium (AP Photo)

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).

We’ll have all that in a bit. Now, we have links.

— In case you didn’t see it yesterday, we’ll link one more time our preseason profile of Petersen and the people who steered him toward coaching. Read more »

Aug.
24th

Morning links: Our profile of first-year Huskies coach Chris Petersen

Chris Petersen, a two-time national coach of the year at Boise State, turned down numerous potential suitors to remain with the Broncos. But the lure of leading the Washington Huskies out of the tunnel into Husky Stadium persuaded Petersen to leave Idaho for Seattle. (PETER HALEY — Staff photographer)
Chris Petersen, a two-time national coach of the year at Boise State, turned down numerous potential suitors to remain with the Broncos. But the lure of leading the Washington Huskies out of the tunnel into Husky Stadium persuaded Petersen to leave Idaho for Seattle. (PETER HALEY — Staff photographer)

Today marks an important occasion: the last Sunday before the first Saturday of college football season (one Huskies opponent is already in action. More on that below).

It also marks the day our preseason profile of Huskies coach Chris Petersen publishes in the newspaper, and you can read it here. I spoke with a handful of former coaches and a couple of Petersen’s longtime friends to get their perspective on his path toward coaching. Here’s an excerpt: Read more »

Aug.
23rd

Morning links: Jeff Lindquist will be the guy, at least for now

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.

Here’s our story in today’s newspaper, relaying the news of Jeff Lindquist being named the Huskies’ starting quarterback. Read more »