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UW’s home-dominated schedule gives one reason to improve next season

Third time can be the charm for the Sarkisian era

Ever since Steve Sarkisian became part of the UW football family, UW football has only gotten better each year. The Washington Huskies have made it to a bowl game for three consecutive seasons, but now, Sark and the Huskies must find a way to prove that they can make this season special.

There were memorable moments at CenturyLink Field during their last season before migrating back to Husky Stadium. Upsetting No.8 Stanford and No.7 Oregon State were probably the two most epic moments of 2012.

Although CenturyLink has treated Husky football well, the Dawgs are coming back to a newly remodeled Husky Stadium where they can create more memorable moments. They just need to find a way to get some mojo going because once they find it, the fans will be pumped; and once the fans get pumped, Husky Stadium will be a hard place for visiting teams to play.

Home-field advantage

The Huskies are playing seven games at home, and with the loyal Husky Nation there to cheer for them from the updated stadium, fan support is crucial for this upcoming season. Maybe the drive for the revamped Husky Stadium can set the tone for the Huskies to drive to a great year.

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The Huskies will have home-field advantage in 2013 (Photo: AP).

There are three home games to look out for on next season’s schedule. The first game of the season is against Boise State, a Las Vegas Bowl rematch on Aug. 31. If the fans cheer like it is another playoff game, the momentum will be a huge advantage for UW.

The second anticipated game to mark your calendar for is Oct. 12 against Oregon. The classic rivalry between both schools is always something to get hyped up for, but now that Chip Kelly is gone after accepting a head coach position for the Philadelphia Eagles, UW can pull an upset at home at a potentially packed house.

Lastly, the Apple Cup on Nov. 29.  The Huskies suffered a heartbreaking overtime loss at Pullman last season. This year’s Apple Cup will be different because this will be a game of revenge, and the fans will be all for that.

Star running backs return

Bishop Sankey was the go-to guy for the Huskies’ running game last season, after Jesse Callier‘s horrific season-ending injury. Jesse Callier had a one-and-done season after he tore his ACL in his right knee against San Diego State. With Callier returning this year, the running game can become dangerous for opposing teams.

Fill the big shoes

Not only do we have senior playmakers like Desmond Trufant and Cody Bruns gone, but UW could also be without their star tight end (to start the season), Austin Sefarian-Jenkins.

Trufant and Bruns are two of nine seniors who are departing. Sefarian-Jenkins has been suspended from the team until further notice after committing a DUI in March.

UW has the talent to have a great 2013 season. If everyone steps up and improves their skills, new playmakers will be created from their hard work and it will seem like the star players from last year never left.

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