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October 13, 2007 at 5:57 PM

Keys to the game

We’re here at Sun Devil Stadium about 90 minutes before kickoff and it’s a perfect night here for football. Really not that hot out.
Anyway, here are what I think are some keys to the game:
1 — Pressure Rudy Carpenter. ASU leads the Pac-10 in sacks allowed with 22. The Huskies have to figure out a way to continue that trend, though as I noted Friday, ASU has been much better protecting Carpenter at home than on the road — 13 of those sacks are in the two road games ASU has played. Still, UW can’t let Carpenter get comfortbale or he’s liable to go for 400 yards again like the last time UW played here.
2 — Get a running game going. This is a staple of these pre-game posts. What will be interesting to watch tonight is how much UW will really try other backs besides Louis Rankin. UW coaches have been talking for weeks about giving some of the young guys a shot. I figure J.R. Hasty will get the first shot tonight, which will add a lot of intrigue.
3 — Complete a few passes early. Jake Locker has had obvious troubles the last few weeks throwing the ball, and despite what he says, it has to be on his mind. The best thing that can happen for him tonight is to complete a few early and get some confidence back.
4 — Make something happen in special teams. UW has lost the special teams battle most of the season. They’ve got to start turning that into a positive in every phase.
5 — Keep calm. If things start to go bad at some point, the Huskies have to hold it together. That was the coaches’ biggest complaint about the OSU game and again cropped up against UCLA. UW did better of hanging in there against USC. But this has been a team to sometimes unravel, especially on the road.
SOME PLAYERS TO WATCH TONIGHT:
J.R. Hasty — Will this finally be the night we finally see him do something?
Byron Davenport — He’s apparently won the other CB job opposite Roy Lewis. Will that solidfy the secondary?
Darin Harris — He will be called on to fill in for Jason Wells at free safety and has to at least not let a lot of big plays get by him.
Jake Locker — Will the bye week have solved his passing troubles?
Greyson Gunheim — He’s been admittedly frustrated at his lack of production. As we detailied earlier, ASU has allowed a lot of sacks this season so this would be a good place to get back on the right track.
ROSTER AS EXPECTED — There are no surprises on the 64-man travel roster. The only true frosh on it are the seven who have already played.
The most noteworthy roster addition is Jordan Murchison, who is here and in uniform and ready to play.
I’ll be back at kickoff for our usual game thread.

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