TOP OF THE TOWN – Would it shock you if Atlanta upends the Seahawks on Sunday? The Seahawks are 5-2 and the Falcons 1-6 and struggling under coach Dan Quinn, who is under fire. You know, don’t you, that the Falcons are considered the worse defensive team in the NFL. But if you look, you will see the Seahawks are just eight places above the Falcons in defense and give up six yards per play on average, which is the same as Atlanta.  And if Matt Ryan plays (he was listed as questionable with an ankle injury) the Falcons are rated the second-best passing team in the league and are tied with Kansas City and Pat Mahomes with the most passing TDs at 16. I’m not saying the Falcons will win, but I would not be surprised if they did. Seattle has not proved to me they are as good as their 5-2 record. Their pass rush has been mediocre at best and while coach Pete Carroll keeps saying it is going to get much better soon, I’m still waiting. The Seahawks receiving corps is average but you would think they could get open against a Falcon defensive secondary that has allowed the third most yards (1919) and the most touchdowns 17 (tied with Arizona). So you would think quarterback Russell Wilson should have a big day. And he might. But those receivers need to get open, too. I’m going with the Seahawks 37-27, if Ryan plays. But, again, I would not be surprised to see the Falcons win. … I often can’t figure out the Big-12. Their scoring is usually over the top, and that was the case today (Saturday) when Kansas State upset previously unbeaten and 5th ranked Oklahoma 48-41. I’ll say one thing, football us exciting in the Big-12, which includes besides K-State and Oklahoma,  Baylor, Iowa State, Texas, Oklahoma State, TCU, Texas Tech, West Virginia (don’t ask how the Mountaineers get out west in the Big-12) and Kansas. … How about Wisconsin? The Badgers looked unbeatable until Illinois took them down last week on a last second field goal and today Ohio State looked all-world in destroying them 38-7. What happened to their vaunted defense?  They gave up 431 yards to the Buckeyes. That’s the beauty of college football, though. You never know what you will get on any Saturday. … The Washington Huskies are having a bye week before they step back on the field next Saturday at home against tough Utah. This is the game that will define the 2019 Huskies. They are 5-3 (2-3 in the Pac-12) and out of consideration for a major bowl. Heck, they have to win at least one more game to be in contention for any bowl. I believe they will lose to the Utes, probably like 24-10. But if they win they will not only become bowl eligible, but have a shot at a decent season if they can win at Oregon State and Colorado and whip the Cougars once again in the Apple Cup. Would I like to see that happen? Yes. Will it happen? I doubt it. The Huskies are too inconsistent. They play well for a quarter or two and then seem to shut down. They will be awful good, though, in the next two years if the quarterback ‑ most likely Jacob Sirmon, a 6-5, 235-pound redshirt freshman from Bothell High School ‑ is able to move his game up a level.  Okay, that’s it for today.

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