Huskies Insider Blog

Drip ... drip! Tick ... tick! Big afternoon

Another day shaking my head exiting the back door, grabbing the umbrella and wondering if "Game Day Saturday" and Rain Day Saturday" will run simultaneously the rest of the season.

The downpour is not quite pounding the artificial turf as it did a few weeks ago against Arizona State. But the rain is present. An eerie dark, smog is looming all around (spooky Halloween reference).

Certainly a day to run the ball. Paging Chris Polk? Paging play-caller Steve Sarkisian?

John McGrath, our fine TNT columnist, sarcastically remarked as we were walking to the press-box elevator about the "electricty" felt around Husky Stadium. I was thinking the same thing. The fans I saw were slowly slogging their way around the concessions area, heads down, not saying much.

Has the air nearly been taken out of the balloon for the UW faithful?

Frankly, I can't blame them. Look at this team - a pair of 1-point wins over ranked opponents (USC, Oregon State) and a couple of 30-point blowouts (Nebraska, Arizona).

Which team will be in purple and gold today? The bad one won't cut it. One with a little bit of both qualities won't cut it, either. It has to be the BEST one.

Personnel updates coming:

** UPDATE I: Chris Izbicki (sprained foot) is not out there warming up with the receivers and quarterbacks. Sarkisian said Thursday that the junior would try and give it a go today in warmups.

** UPDATE II: While the news isn't much improving for the Huskies, it appears Stanford safety Delano Howell (right hand) will give it a go. He's running through a full pre-game workout - with heavy wrap over his hand.

Also, asked Jeff Bechtold from the UW sports information department. If, indeed, Colin Porter and Erik Kohler start together on the offensive line for the Huskies, it likely marks the first time two true freshmen have started on the line since newcomers were allowed to be eligible in 1972-73.

As far as the defensive line, it's happened a couple times in the past two years. Defensive tackle Sione Potoa'e and defensive end Ha'u'oli Jamora will start on that side for the Huskies today.