Did anyone else catch the segment on the Huskies on ESPN Gameday? I guess I expected a little more. A few quotes from Tyrone Willingham we’ve all heard a hundred times before, and a quick quote from Stanley Daniels. But I guess a little national publicity is better than none at this point for Washington. Lee Corso said he expects Washington to win two more games this season. Not sure I agree with that at all. I could see three or four more wins as being a possibility. Kirk Herbstreit said to give Willingham another couple years of recruiting and Washington could be back among the top teams.
Quite a bit was written today in the L.A. papers comparing Isaiah Stanback to Texas’ Vince Young, who almost single-handedly beat USC in the Rose Bowl last season. One of the Trojan defenders said Stanback is better than Young, which is probably just talk but there doesn’t seem to be a question that USC has a lot of respect for Stanback.
Reading between the lines, I’d be a little surprised if Dwayne Jarrett plays for USC today. It doesn’t make sense to me that he would be OK to play in a pressure situation but not OK to start the game. That would certainly be a big boost for the Huskies if he’s unable to go.
Washington’s walk-through at the LA Coliseum was cancelled yesterday due to a delay at LAX, but that shouldn’t be a problem.
Here’s a story in the LA Times http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-usc7oct07,1,6633228.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-sports comparing Stanback to Young and here’s their notebook http://www.latimes.com/sports/printedition/la-sp-uscrep7oct07,1,6951807.story?coll=la-headlines-pe-sports
This story from the LA Daily News http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_4456456 details the trouble USC has had with mobile quarterbacks. And here’s their notebook: http://www.dailynews.com/sports/ci_4454674
I’ll be headed over to the stadium in about an hour and a half and start updating you on what’s going on there then.