UW must show versatility
Last weekend’s game against Stanford was extremely memorable for all the wrong reasons. The Huskies gave up over 50 points, the defensive strengths switched for a game and the Huskies lost their top 25 ranking after it’s first week back in.
Hopefully that will all change this weekend against Arizona.
The Huskies have a few things going for them this weekend. They have a history of bouncing back after big losses and when they give up more than 50 points in a game.
It’s homecoming. It’s a night game under the lights.
And the Huskies will be blacking the place out, wearing all black uniforms.
UW was ready for an air attack last weekend given Andrew Luck’s ability, but the game plan changed quickly as Stanford ran for scores of yards on the Husky defense. A defense which has been stellar versus the run this season and has struggled in pass defense.
The pass defense will definitely need to be ready with Arizona’s Nick Foles and the quick pass offense they run. Like always, the key is the coverage gaps the Huskies have allowed this year and giving up the middle of the field to opponents.
Quinton Richardson, Desmond Trufant, Jamaal Kearse, and UW’s leading tackler Cort Dennison will need to really step up in order be competitive in this game. These core members must cause a couple extra turnovers as well as knock some more passes loose from receivers’ grips.
Keith Price was disappointed in his 1 touchdown performance last week and will be looking to step his game up. He enters the game #4 on the national leaderboard for touchdown passes.
Chris Polk ran wild last weekend, breaking two huge runs to rack up serious yardage. This week, he will be key in allowing Price some opportunities to sling the ball downfield to one of his many talented receivers in Jermaine Kearse, Devin Aguilar, James Johnson and Austin Seferian-Jenkins.
Polk has stepped up his receiving game as well, forcing the Wildcats to have to spread the field in order to cover every threat the Huskies have.
People are already calling for Defensive Coordinator Nick Holt’s head and this game could be his redemption.
Or the start of it at least.
If he can dial up a defensive roadblock this weekend, Husky nation should quit complaining and bask in the defense’s success – a feeling fans have not got to enjoy many times this year.
In a battle of Dawgs vs Cats, I’m picking the Dawg every time.