Broncos vs. Dawgs
Boise State is coming to town in a MAACO Bowl rematch to kick off the Huskies season, with high expectations for both teams. Keep an eye out for a few predictions that could mean big things this season.
The No-Huddle Offense Slicing Down The Field
I have high hopes for Washington’s new no-huddle offense, an innovation borrowed from one of our more successful southern neighbors, whose name escapes me. Quick strikes from Keith Price to this year’s (hopefully) deeper receiving corps will move the ball down the field quickly.
Washington’s speed and athleticism will be assets.
This also minimizes the amount of time the offensive line will need to shield Price, and as anyone who watched last year will tell you, that can only be a good thing.
A Passing Attack Hinging on ASJ’s status
All-World tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, figured to be a major part of UW’s offense this year, recently injured his finger and had surgery.
His recovery sounds like it’s going quite smoothly and it’s a minor injury, but Sark will undoubtedly be cautious about bringing him back until he’s completely healed.
If he’s not back for the opener, look for Keith Price to spread the ball around a lot more, with backup tight end Michael Hartvigson and some of the freshmen receivers hopefully stepping up to help out the overburdened Kasen Williams.
Run Bishop Run
Look for Washington to run the ball early, often, and aggressively.
Bishop Sankey shredded Boise State to the tune of 205 yards the last time these two teams met, and he’s only going to be better this year. Boise State’s run defense, on the other hand, is questionable until proven otherwise.
Boise Freshman All-American defensive end Sam Ukwuachu and defensive tackle Michael Atkinson have transferred to Baylor and graduated, respectively.
Both starters will be missed, and in their absence, look for UW to try and run the ball right down the Broncos throat.
The Dawg Pack Rattling Boise State
The brand spanking new Husky Stadium is going to be even louder than the old one, and as everyone knows, Seattle football fans can get loud. Although they won’t be playing home games at the C-Link anymore, expect the sheer noise generated by the Husky faithful to throw Boise State off.
A Gut Check
Is UW really an improved team from last year? Is Heisman hopeful 2011 Keith Price well and truly back, instead of panicking 2012 choke artist Keith Price? Can any receiver other than Kasen Williams catch footballs? Will the offensive line be better?
Can ASJ stay healthy and out of trouble? Is Boise State, ranked as high as 12th in some polls, too much for the Huskies to handle in the very first game?
It’s time for Sark and company to answer these questions. I can’t wait till August 31st. Bow Down.