Here we are at Husky Stadium, where Washington begins its penultimate home game this season against Colorado in about two hours.
As is customary, we have our three keys to a possible UW victory.
1. Wash, rinse, repeat with Sankey: The Huskies got back to their ground-first attack the last time they played, a 41-17 win over California, and it paid big dividends. Sankey rushed for a career-best 241 yards on 27 carries. And while it’s too presumptuous to assume he’ll match that yardage total, he’s certainly capable of rushing for 200 yards if given 25 carries against a Colorado defense that has struggled in pretty much all phases this season. With Kasen Williams sidelined by a broken leg and some younger receivers filling in, it would make sense for the Huskies to stick with a Sankey-oriented offensive gameplan.
2. No bad turnovers: Washington is better than Colorado. This is not a secret. But one way the Buffaloes can hang around is if the Huskies aid them in that cause — i.e., fumbles in their own territory, interceptions returned for touchdowns, etc. Turnovers haven’t been a problem for the Huskies this season — they’ve committed just nine — and that needs to continue for UW to win this one convincingly, which it should.
3. Win on special-teams: Colorado is a decent kickoff-return team, ranking 39th nationally with a 23-yard-per-return average. That’s another area in which the Buffaloes could help their cause, given UW’s struggles at times covering kicks this season. And it’s an area in which CU has to excel to have a chance at the upset.
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