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Morning reading: The 2011 Buffs are lot like the 2009 Huskies

Here's my story for today's paper which talks about the matchup with Colorado. Head coach Steve Sarkisian said the 2011 Buffaloes remind him of the 2009 Huskies - his first with the team.

“It’s been pretty fascinating watching them,” Sarkisian said. “I got a chance to watch (recordings) of some of their games, and to me they are eerily similar to who we were a couple years ago. I think they have talent on their football team, I think they are well-coached, I think they play hard and they are trying to find a way to get over the hump and to win some of these tight ballgames. They are trying to find a way to win.”

Like the Huskies of 2009, the Buffaloes are trying to win while short on depth, experience and talent.

“You’re changing the culture, you’ve got a mixture of guys from an older staff that moved on to your influx of young players,” Sarkisian said. “I think they’ve played already 13 freshmen this year. It’s a lot of young guys running around making some plays, making some mistakes, very similar.”ESPN's Ted Miller has midseason reports for every team in the Pac 12. Here's Washington's report

At that point, it wasn't clear where the Huskies might go. Price and the offense were playing well, but the defense, under highly paid coordinator Nick Holt, was a major disappointment, considering the returning talent had some wondering in the preseason if the unit might be one of the best in the conference. But then that defense allowed just three second-half points in a 31-23 win over California, notably growing stout in the red zone. The defense also played well the following weekend in a 31-14 win at Utah.

The 2-0 conference mark suggest the Huskies are headed for a finish in the top half of the North Division. The question is can they elevate their game enough to challenge Oregon or Stanford?

Let's quickly go around the league

Pac 12 North

Cal Zach Maynard needs his footwork to be better to make his accuracy that much better.

Oregon: Here's an update on LaMichael James. Any bets on whether he's ready to play against Washington?

Oregon State: OSU will face BYU this week.

Stanford: Here's Jon Wilner's grades for Stanford, Cal and San Jose State.

Washington State: Vince Grippi has a blog post with some links and video of Paul Wulff

Pac 12 South

ASU: Brock Osweiler is ready for the Ducks

USC: The Trojans running game has lacked explosiveness this season.

UCLA: QB Kevin Prince supposedly quieted his critics this weekend against WSU

Utah: QB Jordan Wynn is done for the season