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"His strong effort has been a bright spot for a defensive team that has struggled at times this season. The Huskies have allowed 283.8 passing yards per game — the largest average since Washington started keeping detailed statistics in 1937."


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"The players on defense don’t mind the idea of being overlooked and underappreciated. It’s been that way for most of the season. “We like that,” senior linebacker Cort Dennison said. “We like when people write us off. It just gives us motivation.”"


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"“This is a real big stage,” Washington running back extraordinaire Chris Polk said Tuesday following Huskies’ 90-minute practice at nearby Alamo Heights High School. “Not only are we facing the Heisman Trophy winner, but we are also the only game that is on (at that time) that day. It’s a big stage for us.”"


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"That might not be the most interesting thing, however, for Pac-12 fans. Edwards’ story includes a graphic that answers this question: Which conferences would benefit the most from a four-team playoff?"


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"Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III’s talents were already well known in Big 12 country, but because the Bears had been irrelevant for so long, the rest of the country hadn’t given much thought to Griffin as a Heisman contender. A five-touchdown performance in a 50-48 upset of reigning Rose Bowl champ TCU on the first Friday night of the season put Griffin in the heart of the conversation, while a relentless promotional campaign by the school kept his name on voters’ minds."


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"3. Washington (6-5): “We’ve had teams,” Romar said, “where the chemistry didn’t look good, but by the end the chemistry was perfect.” The UW sophomores may have to come to grips with the idea that freshman Tony Wroten Jr. could be the team’s best player. By the end, maybe the best in the league."


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"“I can’t comment on their chemistry, but I can comment on the talent that I see on film,’’ Robinson said. “I see two flat-out pros (Tony Wroten and Terrence Ross). I see a guy who was expected to be a pro before his knee problems, in (Abdul) Gaddy. Then I see Aziz N’Diaye, who’s probably going to be on somebody’s roster in the pros.’’"


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"Washington expects center Aziz N’Diaye to be fully healthy for the conference opener after he missed two games earlier this month with a knee injury. Romar wouldn’t say if N’Diaye will return to the starting lineup after freshman Tony Wroten was inserted while he was out."