Talking Points: A bowl game for Huskies in 2011?




ESPN’s Pac-12 blogger Ted Miller predicts the University of Washington will win enough football games to make it to a bowl game this fall. Looking at the Dawgs’ schedule, a 6-6 finish looks possible. That includes wins over Eastern Washington, Hawai’i, California, Colorado, Arizona and WSU, with losses to Nebraska, Utah, Stanford, Oregon, USC, and Oregon State. Washington easily could be 5-6 following back-to-back losses to Southern Cal and Oregon State, both road games. Then Washington would need to beat the Cougars at Qwest to get to a bowl.

Both Eastern Washington and Hawai’i also could be losses for the Huskies. Eastern may be a FCS school, but the Eagles were national champs. Washington will be favored, but it’ll be the first game of the post-Jake Locker era. In Game No. 2, Hawai’i does not play well on the mainland, but was 10-3 with a superb QB in Bryant Moniz. The Warriors also have massive overhauls under way on both sides of the line.


Give credit to running back Justin Forsett, who took the lead in organizing practices for the Seattle Seahawks.

Here’s what Mike Sando of ESPN had to say about the former Cal Bear: “Consider it affirmation of Forsett’s status as a team-oriented player whose reach goes beyond the seven starts he has made since joining as the 233rd player chosen in the 2008 NFL draft.’’

Forsett said he organized the workouts by first calling ex-Seahawk QB and now free agent Matt Hasselbeck.

“He was for it,’’ Forsett said. “I knew if I had him on board, a lot of guys would want to work out. He is the only one who really knows the playbook, having been under (new offensive coordinator) Darrell Bevell before. We get a chance to listen to some of the terminology and get a jump start on that.’’