The month of September was a wonderful one for the Huskies. The team went 3-0 over the course of the month (the win over Boise State was on August 31st) and climbed in the rankings all the way to 15th in the AP poll. In discussing the schedule leading up to this year, it was emphasized again and again by just about everyone that starting out the year strong was key to making a nine or ten win season plausible. The schedule features a brutal middle stretch which begins this Saturday with a road trip to #5 Stanford and continues with a home game against #2 Oregon and another road trip to #22 Arizona State. It’s unlikely the that Huskies will remain undefeated after facing that trio of ranked opponents, but starting out 4-0 makes one or two losses fairly acceptable in the big picture. It also sets the stage for an October to remember if the Huskies manage to knock off either Stanford or Oregon (or possibly both, I suppose). They will be underdogs in both contests, but a lesser UW team defeated Stanford a year ago (though in Seattle) and a win over Oregon now seems more plausible than it has in years. Husky fans have a lot to be excited about.
Stories Especially Worth Reading:
- Christian Caple of the News Tribune posted a transcript of Sark’s Monday press conference, and it’s a far more interesting read than most of Sark’s coach-speak press conferences. In particular the way he discusses the USC job opening and Stanford head coach David Shaw is interesting. I also like that he specifically mentions that Sankey should not carry the ball 40 times on a regular basis.
- Ted Miller and Kevin Gemmell posted their top-25 ballots for the week, and they both continue to hold Washington in higher regard than the AP voters as a group. Miller has UW at #11 while Gemmell puts them in the top-10 at #9. Personally, I don’t think the Huskies have gotten the sort of signature win over a top opponent that is semi-necessary for a top-10 ranking. A win over Stanford or Oregon in the next two weeks would do the trick.
- Ryan Priest of the UW Dawg Pound with an offensive position preview.