The drums started beating loudly today on the topic of Ty Willingham's game Saturday against Charlie Weis and Notre Dame.
Although, not surprisingly, no matter how we phrased the question, Willingham refused to acknowledge that this game is special to him beyond the normal next-game-on-the-schedule importance.
"That's something that everybody else will dwell on," he said. "After we finish (this press conference) I will be simply focused on our football game and try to move our football team in that direction. And at some point, some of you will tire of that and move on to something else."
Yeah, but not yet. That's the whole focus of my Tuesday story.
Meanwhile, the players agreed that Notre Dame is a little different -- partly due to tradition and partly as Ty's former employer.
Other news from the day was minor. About 1,000 remaining tickets for the Notre Dame game went on sale Monday. A sellout is expected. … This week's depth chart shows Terrance Dailey (tailback), Ryan Tolar (guard) and Trenton Tuiasosopo (linebacker) listed as starters for a second consecutive week, while Senio Kelemete is shown reclaiming his previous defensive tackle spot ahead of Johnie Kirton, who started vs. OSU. … Willingham praised Dailey and implied that he could nail down the long-term starting job. … Willingham reported no new injuries from the OSU game, although he didn't name any previously injured players certain to return. However, he did mention tailback David Freeman and safety Johri Fogerson as possible. He also said quarterback Jake Locker's six-to-eight week recovery timetable will probably be closer to eight weeks – which could mean no sooner than the Apple Cup. … Until someone earns the full-time kicking job, Ryan Perkins will handle UW field goals of less than 40 yards, and Jared Ballman will handle longer distances.