#HeyJude mailbag: Ranking the best road trips in the Pac-12

Colorado’s Folsom Field might be the most underrated venue in the Pac-12.

Pac-12 play is here for the Huskies, which means you have questions, big questions, and I have answers, the best answers.

Here’s another installment of the #HeyJude mailbag.

Jude: Bryant, the 6-2, 239-pound true freshman from Eastside Catholic, has drawn comparisons to Austin Seferian-Jenkins in terms of his potential impact in the UW offense. In his UW debut, Bryant had one catch for 4 yards against Rutgers. Against Montana, he had one catch for 10 yards. In his third game, Bryant broke out with three catches for 99 yards. UW coaches wanted to get him involved early — and they did, with a 36-yard trick-play pass from Dante Pettis on the Huskies’ first offensive snap. He added in another 50-yard catch-and-run reception from Jake Browning, and the Huskies no doubt will try to get him even more involved in the passing game as the season progresses. Even as a freshman, he has a chance to be a difference-maker for this team.

Jude: Boulder might be the most underrated trip in the Pac-12, and it has everything you could ask for in a college football experience — a fun, clean downtown, a solid fan base and a great setting with the Flatirons almost right on top of the stadium. And, yes, a real live buffalo on the field (run, Ralphie, run!). The stadium (capacity 50,183) will be sold out again Saturday night for what will probably be the most hostile environment the Huskies face all year. All in all, Boulder would be pretty high on my list of the best Pac-12 road trips … which, hey, what an idea. Here how I would rank each Pac-12 stadium, based largely on the venue and its surroundings, plus the overall game-day experience and the college campus/city.

  1. Rose Bowl (Pasadena)
  2. Husky Stadium (Seattle)
  3. Autzen Stadium (Eugene)
  4. Folsom Field (Boulder)
  5. Memorial Stadium (Berkeley)

I’d put these five in a class by themselves. The Rose Bowl still has a magical feel, for me anyway, every time I go. You could probably mix up 2-5 in any order and I’d be OK with it.

  1. Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City)
  2. Sun Devil Stadium (Tempe)
  3. L.A. Coliseum (USC)

Finally made it to Salt Lake City last year and was really impressed. Sounds like…

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