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State Of The Dawgs: Weekly Notebook | October 26

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The Washington Huskies are coming off their most humiliating loss of the Steve Sarkisian era 65-21 to the undefeated Stanford Cardinal. The Huskies had so much momentum heading into that game as they were 5-1 and winners of 9 of their last 10 games.

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The Huskies are 5-2 based on their offense which you can see for yourself by clicking on these stats

The Huskies must rebound after that tough loss to avoid an alarming trend in the Sarkisian era. In year one after the sixth game the Huskies lost four games in a row, last year after the sixth game the Huskies lost three games in a row(all by 30+ points) while the Huskies after the sixth game lost by 44 points this week.

The Huskies are taking on a rejuvinated Arizona Wildcats(2-5,1-4) team fresh off their 48-12 blowout win over the UCLA Bruins.

The same Wildcats team who defeated the Huskies last year 44-14 which started the Huskies three game losing streak.

The Huskies are in a fragile state of mind as they figured these type of embarassing losses were a thing of the past.

As I’ve done in the previous posts I’ll post my three keys to the game for hopefully a Huskies victory.

1. Keith Price take advantage of a weak secondary hurt by suspensions:

Keith Price has been terrific this season completing 68.4% of his passes for 1,713 yards with 22 touchdowns to five interceptions.

Price is coming off his worst game where he only threw for one touchdown but didn’t play bad. Price is facing an already weak secondary which got considerably weaker after the UCLA game.

Arizona will be without top corner Shaquille Richardson and another corner for the entire game. While a third corner plus a safety will be suspended for the first half.

Keith Price

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I don’t care how good you are losing four members of your secondary for a combined 12 quarters is pretty devastating and I expect the Huskies to take advantage.

2. Defense show some pride:

The Huskies defense like I pointed out earlier today has actually regressed. The Huskies face a quarterback in Nick Foles who has completed 70.9% of his passes for 2,546 yards with 18 touchdowns to only five interceptions. He is averaging 363.7 yards per game through the air.

Sarkisian claims the Huskies will attack more and play more man to man as I think Sarkisian is taking control of this problem before it ultimately cost him his job.

3. Use homefield to your advantage:

The Huskies this year are 4-0 at home having won five in a row at home. The Huskies under Sarkisian are 12-5 at home while only being 4-10 on the road and 1-0 on neutral fields.  The Huskies offense this year at home is averaging 38.2 points per game while allowing 26.5 points per game.

The Arizona Wildcats are 0-3 on the road this year allowing 40.6 points per game while scoring 27.3 points per game. The Huskies hopefully take advantage of their homefield advantage and take advantage of the Wildcats road woes.

The Wildcats dating back to last year have lost their last five road games.

In conclusion, the Huskies have to remember they are a 5-2 program and that the Stanford loss was just one game. The Huskies have a chance to improve to 6-2 for the first time since 2001 and go 4-1 in conference play in the process. A loss here would be a setback for the program.

The Huskies offense led by Keith Price and Chris Polk who only needs 128 yards rushing to be the second Huskies running back ever to rush for three 1,000 yard seasons should be enough.

If Chris Polk rushes for over 100 yards he’ll break the school record tie with Napoleon Kaufman for most 100 yard rushing performances in Huskies history. This should be a high scoring game as the Huskies look to go to 6-2.

Game Info:

Location: Husky Stadium
Time: 7:30 p.m. PT
T.V. info: Root sports
Radio: 950 KJR
Vegas line: Huskies favored by 7
KShell’s Hopeful Prediction: Huskies 41, Wildcats 38     

Arizona at Washington
Oct 29-10:30 PM ET Record
ARZ 2-5 (0-3 V)
WASH 5-2 (4-0 H)
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