Husky Football Blog
Times reporter Bob Condotta keeps the news coming about the Montlake Dawgs.
August 16, 2008 9:37 AM
Posted by Bob Condotta
The AP pre-season college football poll is out and it features five teams the Huskies will play this season --- USC (3), Oklahoma (4), Arizona State (15), BYU (16) and Oregon (21).
The Huskies got one vote in the poll, from Joe Giglio of the Raleigh News and Observer.
Giglio is the same guy who was the last voter to have UW in his poll a year ago, ranking the Huskies No. 24 as late as the first week of October after Washington fell to 2-3 following a loss to USC.
--- My story in Saturday's paper was about how opening against Oregon, while admittedly a tough way to enter the season, also may present some advantages.
--- Ted Miller has his usual Pac-10 links, including the note that there look to be a lot of scrimmages today.
--- Among the teams scrimmaging today is Oregon, holding its final open scrimmage of the pre-season, with all eyes on QB Nate Costa.
--- Here's a story on Louis Rankin's battle to make the Raiders' roster. Rankin had 29 yards on six carries in Oakland's loss last night to Tennessee and also caught a pass for six yards. Greyson Gunheim had one tackle. Marcel Reeceand Marques Tuiasosopo don't show up in the stats.
--- Here's a picture of Roy Lewis in action for the Steelers the other night. While this story doesn't mention it, everything I've heard is that Lewis is doing well in Pittsburgh.
All for now.
Posted by Koopdog
10:31 AM, Aug 16, 2008
Wow. Is Giglio from the PNW? He's a bigger homer than I am...gotta love an optimist.
Posted by Marc
11:02 AM, Aug 16, 2008
I notice Joe Giglio puts UW 3rd in the Pac 10 behind only USC and Arizona State. The teams first ounce of respect. More to come.
Posted by jh
11:05 AM, Aug 16, 2008
...the Los Angeles Times had a letter to the editor this morning about UCLA's ex-coach Karl Dorrell that could have been written about willingham..."It can now be told that Karl Dorrell closed practices not to keep the game plan secret, but to keep the secret that there was no game plan."...
Posted by Doug
11:08 AM, Aug 16, 2008
pretty much, tyrone is about the dumbest person ive ever encountered and is only fit to work at mcdonalds. some times i think he is too stupid to even live. JH knows about this, having dealt with the guy at ND as an alum and season ticket holder , much like we are with UW.
Posted by Sittingdawg
11:14 AM, Aug 16, 2008
How do you guys see our non-conference opponents doing this season? Here are my predictions:
BYU - 10-2 or 11-1 (depending on UW game)
Notre Dame - 7-5 (loss at UW)
Oklahoma - 10-2 or 11-1 (depending on UW game)
Washington - 6-6. Give or take 6 wins. :) A lot depends on Locker's status, all season.
Posted by NC Husky
11:20 AM, Aug 16, 2008
Leave it to a North Carolina guy to give the Huskies some respect
Posted by augiedawg70
11:36 AM, Aug 16, 2008
Don't forget, Notre Dame has to play Butch Davis and the Tarheels this year. That is not a sure win for the Irish by any stetch of the imagination.
C'mon, jh, when is ND going to fire it's mediocre coach?
Posted by poster
11:56 AM, Aug 16, 2008
Good question Sittingdawg.
I think the ranges you quote for records are fair. If TCU didn't graduate a zillion guys I would maybe add one more possible loss to BYU (10-2 or 9-3), but that's not the case. There are so many unknowns that it is hard to project our own record at this time, and therefore every OOC opponent's record.
As crazy as this sounds, I think we have a chance to lose all three or win all three. As I've said for months now, the combination of inability to sustain drives and lack of depth on the defensive front last year killed us. Locker definitely had some inopportune turnovers that either cost us a game or allowed the other team to close the door hard enough to end our chances. I think with improvements in his execution, in sustaining drives (even a little bit, to allow the D to rest some and keep their will up), AND some depth on the D front and a new DC, that a group of incremental improvements can add up to a lot. We led THE OSU at the half right? We tied Oregon after 3. We held our own with USC. These are teams that ended up ranked pretty damned well and we literally competed for a while. If the incremental improvements pan out, this team is not as far from doing something pretty surprising. If the youth plays like youth, then it's too daunting of an OOC schedule to expect much and those teams are probably on the higher end of your ranges.
With the uncertainty it is hard to predict specific outcomes. I'll say this, I think the odds are that the improvements are real, and we win 2 of those 3 OOC games. That seems incredulous, but that recruiting class hit what we needed so well, and with a healthy Jake any opposing defense will effectively be slowed a step.
The Oregon game will tell us a lot. If we can run well and our new D can slow their run game (which will be their strength at the start of the year), then things look pretty good for 2-3 in those OOC games (and the corresponding impact on those teams records).
Posted by Ziasudra
12:07 PM, Aug 16, 2008
I think you are rank
Posted by Cougars are dumb
12:22 PM, Aug 16, 2008
Like most WSU graduates it would appear that WSUx# cannot do math as the only 10-win teams the cougars are going to see is USC
Posted by dawg58
12:28 PM, Aug 16, 2008
hasn't WSU been unranked every year since the last 10-win season and not done anything? yes.
Posted by augiedawg70
7:58 PM, Aug 16, 2008
40 years ago all dirt roads led to Pullman.
They still do today.
Posted by Sittingdawg
11:41 PM, Aug 16, 2008
Have the Cougars *ever* been ranked in a preseason poll?
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