We heard from OSU coach Jim Tressel and Tyrone Willingham this afternoon, and the big topic of interest for both was the Buckeyes' defense.
Though two games, they lead the nation in total defense. They have allowed an average of four points and seven first downs per game, 1.7 yards per rush and 5.6 yards per catch. They are allowing about 44 rushing yards per game and less than 80 passing yards.
The question is how real those numbers are, since they have come against Youngstown State and Arkon.
Things really got nuts against the Zips, who punted 14 times, including after 12 straight three-and-out possessions. Akron managed just three first downs, 69 total yards, and just 3 yards on 19 rushing attempts.
However, Tressell admits the challenge should be greater this week against Washington, and especially with quarterback Jake Locker, who he said might be the fastest quarterback he's ever seen.
Anyway, that's the main topic I'll write about tomorrow, along with the previous blog posts involving Roy Lewis and the UCLA telecast.
(By the way, Lewis, who used the team "Purple Hurt" to refer to the UW defense after the Boise game, said Monday that he first heard the term from linebacker Fred Wiggs before the season opener.)
Otherwise, the rest of the news was minor or incomplete:
*UW coaches also honored Lewis as the Husky defensive player of the week, receiver Anthony Russo on offense, and Chris Stevens on special teams.
*UW tailback Louis Rankin said a sprained ankle limited his effectiveness Saturday against Boise State, when he ran for just 45 yards after going for 147 in the opener at Syracuse. Additionally, Willingham listed offensive lineman Casey Bulyca, fullback Luke Kravitz, cornerback Byron Davenport and linebacker Dan Howell on this week's injury report. However, he gave no details on their availability for Saturday.
*Finally, UW reports comparable ticket sales to this time last week: about 3,000-2,000 tickets remaining.