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January 22, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Breaking down the schedule

Never too early to start looking ahead, especially when you’re coming off an 0-12 season, and Ted Miller at ESPN.com has been doing that the last few days by analyzing the schedules of each Pac-10 team.
Today Miller broke down UW’s 2009 slate.
His conclusion? It’s another tough one for the Dawgs, with the only gimme game against Idaho at home. In fact, at the moment, UW would likely be favored in only two games — Idaho and WSU at home. Others could change depending on how the season evolves — who knows how Arizona and UW will matchup by the time that game is finally played?
But like his predecessor, Steve Sarkisian won’t catch many breaks in the schedule.
What looks particularly grueling now after the changes that were made to introduce some byes is the stretch of five-out-of-seven on the road from Sept. 26 to Nov. 14. In fact, after that opening trio at home — two in which UW will be heavy underdogs against LSU and USC — the Huskies finish with five of nine on the road.
Meaning it won’t be an easy path back to respectability.

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