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Road trips: Huskies readying for ‘tough sled’ of October games in the Pac-12

Huskies have back-to-back road games, with Oregon coming off a bye going into the Oct. 13 showdown in Eugene.

Adam Jude

You thought September was tough on the Huskies?

After closing out nonconference play with a resounding victory over then-No. 20 BYU on Saturday, No. 10 Washington returns to Pac-12 play this week with its first game at the Rose Bowl stadium in five years — the first of three October road games for the Huskies (4-1, 2-0 Pac-12).

The Huskies have been a well-traveled team already, having opened the season some 3,500 miles away from home against then-No. 9 Auburn in Atlanta. The Huskies then opened Pac-12 play in Salt Lake City.

“We’ve had some good experience on the road so far, but I’ll tell you (if that was beneficial) at the end of this month. … We’ll talk then,” UW coach Chris Petersen said. “We’ve just got a tough sled coming in terms of all those things. I think we’ve gained some good experience and I think they’ve done a good job, for the most part, on the road. But it’s always different.”

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The Huskies are a 21-point favorite this week going to UCLA, and ESPN’s “Football Power Index” rating system gives the Huskies a 91.1-percent chance to win Saturday.

Perhaps the biggest game remaining for Washington: No. 18 Oregon. ESPN predicts the Oct. 13 trip to Eugene as the toughest game left on UW’s schedule, giving the Huskies a 67.4-percent chance to win.

Not only do the Ducks (4-1, 1-1) have the No. 1 scoring offense in the Pac-12, but they also get an extra week to prepare for the Huskies. Oregon is idle this week.

The Huskies’ lone home game of the month is against No. 21 Colorado on Oct. 20. (ESPN FPI rating: 92.5 percent in favor of UW.) The Buffaloes, at 4-0, have been perhaps the most surprising team in the Pac-12 so far.

Washington closes out the month at California (3-1, 0-1) on Oct. 27. (ESPN FPI: 83.8 percent).

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