By Ken Goe | Posted September 10, 2018 at 07:54 AM
It’s about to get real for the Washington Huskies (1-1), who have been vaguely disappointing through the first two weeks of the season.
How real? How about a Saturday night game at sold-out Rice Eccles Stadium against unbeaten Utah.
Adam Jude of the Seattle Times has an early look at the game, this week’s marquee matchup in the Pac-12.
UW coach Chris Petersen knows what he is walking into.
“We think we were in a hostile environment last Saturday (against Auburn); it won’t be comparable (to what they’ll see in Salt Lake City),” he told reporters. “A night game there — I know how that goes. That’s college football. It will be a challenging game.
“It will be interesting to see next week what we are all about.”
If the environment will be challenging, so will Utah’s defense. It was the defense that lifted Utah over Northern Illinois last week 17-6. Utah’s offense, as often seems to be the case, hasn’t put it all together.
This could be a nasty, physical, no-holds-barred brawl. We’ll see what the Huskies do with it.
Washington’s was my pick to win the conference this season, but I’m re-evaluating.
The UW running game, which figured to be a team strength, had 79 yards through three quarters in the 45-3 victory Saturday over FCS North Dakota. When the running game sputters, it puts more pressure on quarterback Jake Browning.
Browning told reporters he isn’t pleased with the way he handled it.
“I don’t feel like I played to my standard,” he said. “Obviously happy we won but not happy with how I played personally.”
More on Saturday night’s Utah-Washington game lower in the links.
OK, more links:
The O’s Nick Daschel writes about the breakout performance of Oregon State freshman running back Jermar Jefferson, the OSU quarterbacks and much more in this second-day look at the Beavers’ rout of Southern Utah.
The Portland Trib’s Kerry Eggers digs into what to make of the 1-1 Beavers.
An early look at Nevada, favored by four in Saturday’s game with the Beavers.
Bounce-back performance for the OSU defense.
Tyson Alger of The Athletic takes a second-day look at Oregon’s dismemberment of Portland State, the Ducks’ new set of receivers and more.