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Do You Remember? Washington vs USC 2009

Tomorow is the first of August, and with teams returning to the field in the next few weeks, College Football is here!  Let’s take a look back at last years historic Husky win over the Trojans:

Some journalists understood how difficult Husky Stadium can be for visiting teams: 

 

Mark May and Lou Holtz predict a USC victory:

 

Here is my view from the last play of the game:

 

Damon Huard at Husky Stadium after the game:

 

Here is ESPN’s take the following week:

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Did Seattle dismantle the Empire of Troy?

usclosers First the Huskies hired their offensive coordinator, Steve Sarkisian. Then USC defensive coordinator Nick Holt jumped ship to join the fledgling football program as well. Now a year later the Seattle Seahawks are close to a deal that would bring current USC head coach Pete Carroll to the Hawks as their head coach. Throw in a monumental win over the Trojans in Husky Stadium and it looks like the city of Seattle has knocked out all four legs of the table.

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Sarkisian on a Recruiting Roll?

recruiting Sarkisian wants YOU to join the Huskies! –or so it seems. After the media frenzy caused by last week’s surprise commitment of Nick Montana to Washington, the Huskies have had multiple recruits give verbal commitments to Sarkisian and co. The new recruits include tight end Michael Hartvigson of Bothell, wide receiver Keanon Lowe from Portland, and offensive lineman Colin Porter, also from Bothell.

This puts Washington’s 2009 recruiting class at a very early ranking of number 9 according to Scout.com. Although it is far too soon in the recruiting process to be drawing conclusions, here are the top 10 schools according to the aforementioned website:

  1. Texas
  2. Alabama
  3. Florida
  4. Oklahoma
  5. LSU
  6. Penn State
  7. Texas A&M
  8. Stanford
  9. Washington
  10. Michigan

It’s strange to see an 0-12 team listed among the top 10 recruiting class in the nation – not to mention a recruiting class that rates higher than USCs. Personally, I think it’s premature to draw conclusions. While I think this will be a top recruiting class considering the Huskies recent performance on the field, don’t expect it to stay in the top 10. The UW is ranked high simply because multiple recruits are committing early in the process. Many of the nations remaining four and five star recruits are still visiting schools and when they start committing, expect that to bolster other schools’ recruiting classes.

Don’t believe me? Do you really expect Washington to have a higher recruiting class than Ohio State, Notre Dame, Georgia, Miami, and USC? I’m simply trying to be realistic. I anticipate USC and UCLA eventually overtaking the Huskies in rankings at the least. Don’t fret though, expect to see Washington among the top 25 in the nation and in the top half of the Pac-10. This should be a welcome sign for Husky fans considering their embarrassing 2008 record.

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