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The most critical games for the UW Huskies in 2013

Fast Start?

Looking over Washington’s 2013 schedule, the Huskies are fairly fortunate with the way things drew up. But the success or failure of the season will likely come down to a handful of matchups.

Let’s break them down.

UW vs. Boise State University, Husky Stadium, Saturday, Aug. 31

The Huskies kick off the season with a bang, as Boise State comes to town in a MAACO Bowl rematch. The dominant storyline is clear, as Washington looks to show that its stumble toward the end of 2012 was a one-time act. A good or bad game could set an early tone for the season.

The Broncos are no slouches this year coming off a solid 2012, and they’ll give the Huskies stiff competition as they attempt to shake out the early-season jitters.

UW vs. University of Oregon, Husky Stadium, Saturday, Oct. 12

The Ducks have handed the Huskies a royal beating every game in recent memory. Washington hasn’t beaten Oregon since 2003, and the Huskies will be coming off a tough away game against Stanford.

The Huskies open their season in a rematch against Boise State. (Photo: US Presswire)

The Huskies open their season in a rematch against Boise State. (Photo: US Presswire)

Oregon, as usual, is stacked at every position and poised for a national title run. But I’m going to go out on a limb and say that a resurgent Husky team will make maximum use of their home-field advantage and make this a competitive game.

One to watch for. And maybe pray for.

UW @ UCLA, Rose Bowl, Nov. 15

A late-season clash for the Huskies, Washington’s tenth game will be nationally televised on ESPN2, taking things to another level.

Coming into the season ranked 19th in the nation, UCLA is a team on the rise. Much like Washington, UCLA is hoping to improve upon a poor offensive line last season. The Bruins also need to replace running back Jonathan Franklin and patch up a questionable secondary.

On the big stage, Washington will have a fight on its hands in what could be a critical late-season game for both teams.

UW vs. University of Arizona, Husky Stadium, Saturday, Sept. 28

Coming off an easy matchup against Idaho State, Washington hosts Arizona for the beginning of a tough three-game stretch (Arizona, Stanford, and Oregon). It’s tough to tell how good this Wildcats team will be coming off some departures, but they memorably hammered Washington last year 52-17 in a truly unpleasant game to watch.

The odds should be a little different in Seattle, but with a difficult start to the season in games against Boise State and Illinois, it’s possible Washington could come into this game 1-2, with Stanford and Oregon looming in subsequent weeks. Getting a W here would stabilize the team before a rough stretch.

UW vs. Washington State University, Husky Stadium, Friday, Nov. 29

You know why this is a huge game. I don’t even want to talk about the 2012 Apple Cup, but a deeper Washington team should be back with a vengeance and will have home-field advantage in the newly renovated Husky Stadium.

The Huskies will be heavily favored, but then again, they were last year as well.

Nothing other than a win will be acceptable. ‘Nough said.

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