Mid-week, Washington Huskies football Steve Sarkisian wished for a big rainstorm to hit about this time today.
He got his wish – sort of.
It wasn't exactly a downpour the first-year coach got for his much-anticipated matchup against No. 3 Southern California, his old school where he was an offensive assistant for seven seasons.
Mid-morning (9:45 a.m.-ish), the rainfall was enough that the UW marching band was uniformly colored in yellow ponchos while rehearsing its halftime show.
Stadium workers will buttoned up in their raincoats as well.
The drizzle has since lightened - enough that the marching band shed its rain gear for its welcoming tunes for the UW football team shortly before 11 a.m.
Rain has surely had an effect on the pre-game festivities.
"The Zone" was almost a ghost village at 10 a.m. What semblance of fans from both schools were huddled inside the tents, watching the California-Minnesota game.
The UW team is punctual, I'll say that. For the second consecutive weekend, the Huskies deboarded the bus at 10:48 a.m. exactly – with Sarkisian leading the way (olive and grey-colored suit with no shades this week).
One note: Defensive tackle Semisi Tokolahi walked in with a cast around his right wrist and forearm. Unsure what that's about.
It's pretty much common knowledge in the press box that USC freshman Matt Barkley won't play (a few Trojans' media people made reference to such). Barkley is out warming up, trying to get loose near midfield, throwing passes next to Aaron Corp, who likely will start.
While roaming "The Zone," saw a childhood friend that I haven't talked to in probably 10-15 years. He went to USC. He was out tail-gating with UW Husky fans. He noted this: "They were too nice." Maybe game-time, that will change.
Til' the end.