Washington vs OSU
Last week’s performance against USC was another one to forget for the Huskies as they have lost big to each ranked team they’ve faced all season. (Nebraska, Stanford, Oregon, USC) This definitely puts a damper on the season, but with the possibility of 8 wins, most would consider this season a success.
With Oregon State and Washington State left on the schedule, the Huskies should be quite happy at the bowl possibilities lying in front of them.
Like always, though, they cannot look past their current opponent. In college, especially in the Pac-12, the term “Any Given Saturday” is always scary and quite possible.
Husky fans will see some changes this week, mainly at quarterback. With Keith Price being hit pretty hard last week against USC, freshman Nick Montana is going to step in and make his first career start as a Washington Husky.
I, for one, am excited at the possibilities of this youngsters getting his chance. Montana is the future of the Washington quarterback position and has a strong bloodline to further excel.
It is quite possible that Chris Polk can still hit Huskies rushing records with yards in a season, but he will have to run wild against the Beavers, which in all honesty, should not be a huge problem for him.
His physical style of running is what has got him to where he has now and will have no plans to ease up on his opponents.
With this being his possible last year as a Husky (I’m praying he comes back just as you all are), Polk will be going for broke against the Beaver defense.
Husky Senior Jermaine Kearse will want to make more of an impact as the season closes as well, to solidify his legacy here at Washington. Between him and Devin Aguilar, the senior scoring possibilities are endless.
With Austin Seferian-Jenkins playing as clutch as he has played most of the season, the passing game should be alive and well despite having a new player in Montana at the helm.
The Washington offensive line needs to come together and not allow the 5+ sacks they have been allowing on Price.
If they don’t block better this week, Husky nation may see a third string quarterback on the field.
Had they protected well against USC, Price would be starting this game and his already hobbled knees would not have taken the absolute beating they suffered in that horrendous loss.
Good news, though is that last week against Cal, Oregon State only mustered up 27 rushing yards while allowing almost 300 yards to Cal rushers. This should open up Polk to have a career day. Oregon State only put up 2 field goals against Cal so they will be hungry to attack as well.
The Huskies are looking to bounce back from their loss and head into the Apple Cup with a win under their belt and their Husky swagger back.
Despite having a freshman in Montana at the helm, look for Polk and the bevy of Husky seniors to come out swinging in their finals weeks in the Purple and Gold.