Sark vs. UW
Washington plays USC on Thursday night in their first meeting since 2012 and the first since former UW coach Steve Sarkisian left the Huskies to coach the Trojans. It will be the second coach-team reunion involving the Huskies this season, as Huskies coach Chris Petersen faced his old team when UW visited Boise State in the opener. Petersen greeted many of his former players and staff members after that game ended. Will Sarkisian and UW’s players exchange similar pleasantries?
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After sustaining a knee injury that ended his season, UCLA linebacker Myles Jack, the former Bellevue High star, decided to withdraw from school so he can enter the 2016 NFL draft. Bruins coach Jim Mora called the decision “risky,” but here’s a guess Jack’s versatility and big-play ability find him a home somewhere in the NFL, assuming he comes back healthy.
Salt Lake City
No. 23 California visits No. 5 Utah for a matchup between the Pac-12’s last unbeaten teams, which makes it the conference’s most anticipated game of the year so far. A Cal win would make the Bears 6-0 and add a quality win to their relatively weak schedule thus far. A Utah win would further the notion that the Utes can reach double digits in victories this season.
Aside from Utah-Cal, there is only one other game this weekend between two teams ranked in the AP Top 25: No. 18 Northwestern at No. 13 Michigan. But it’s always worth checking out the Notre Dame vs. Navy game, which can be seen at 12:30 p.m. Saturday on NBC. Navy is 4-0, but a 14 1/2-point underdog.
25th anniversary of Fifth Down
The Pac-12 Network aired an interesting look at the infamous “Fifth Down Game,” Colorado’s 33-31 victory over Missouri in 1990 on its way to a share of the national championship. Thursday marks the game’s 25th anniversary. It’s still almost unfathomable to think that a team could be awarded five downs without anyone on the officiating crew noticing and correcting the error, and it’s even more unfathomable to think that it occurred before Colorado even joined the Pac-12 and became subjected to its questionable officiating.