A bit was made this week about UW's Thursday road struggles: they lost the first game of the Arizona trip, then came back to beat Arizona State on Saturday. Then they lost the Thursday game of the Bay Area trip, then bounced back to beat Stanford on Sunday.
UW coach Lorenzo Romar is big on separating short-term flukes from trends, and he doesn't seem to think there's much to the Thursday issue yet. However, a few players did allow that they've got to be as fired up to win the first game as they have been to avoid a sweep in the second what.
As for me, I just think Arizona is a tougher matchup for UW than Arizona State and that Cal is a tougher matchup than Stanford.
On this trip -- UCLA tonight, and USC Saturday -- I'm not so sure. By most definitions, the Bruins are better than the Trojans. But judging from the home games at least, I'm not so sure SC's personnel and style isn't the tougher matchup for the Huskies.
Either way, UW better be ready to give top effort for each, or their reign atop the Pac-10 won't survive to Sunday. The stretch run is here, and it could be a lot of fun.