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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

October 29, 2010 at 3:40 PM

Just the facts — Stanford edition

Here’s the unedited version of the scouting report for tomorrow’s game that will appear in the Saturday print editions:
Stanford (6-1, 3-1), Washington (3-4, 2-2)
Time: 4 p.m. at Husky Stadium TV: Versus Radio: KJR 950 AM The line: Stanford by 7.5.
The setup: After a surprising rout at the hands of Arizona last week, UW is back in must-win mode. Lose this week, and UW would have to win three of the last four to get to .500 and have a chance at a bowl — with three of the last four on the road. Stanford is still in the hunt for the conference title, and also being in position for a BCS berth if runs the table and Oregon plays for the national title.
What to expect: The game is being billed as a matchup of star QBs Jake Locker for UW and Andrew Luck for Stanford, each potential first-round picks next spring. And each will try to test leaky a secondary on the other side. But with the weather possibly being a factor, the real key could be which team gets its running game going. Stanford is second in the Pac-10 in rushing at 216 per game, and whether UW can contain the Cardinal could go a long way toward deciding the game.
Notes: UW leads the all-time series 40-36-4. But Stanford has won the last two, 34-14 last year in Palo Alto and 35-28 in 2008 in Seattle, and four of the last five. … UW has alternated wins and losses for eight straight games dating to last season, the longest such stretch since the 1994-95 seasons. … UW is in a stretch of playing six ranked teams in seven weeks that will conclude next week at Oregon. … Longtime UW assistant coach Randy Hart will make his first return to Husky Stadium since departing Washington after the 2008 season. Hart, who coached the UW defensive line from 1988-2008, is in his first year at Stanford. … UW’s series with Stanford dates to 1893, the longest of any current member of the Pac-10. … Sixteen different Stanford players have scored TDs this season, tied for the most in the country (UW has just six). …
Injuries: UW — RB Deontae Cooper (knee), P Will Mahan (knee) each out for the season; DE Talia Crichton (knee) out 2-3 weeks; RB Johri Fogerson (hip) out this week; S Will Shamburger (concussion), DL Cameron Elisara (shoulder) out; TE Chris Izbicki (foot) questionable; QB Jake Locker (thigh bruise, ribs), LG Erik Kohler (mono), WR Devin Aguilar (hip) will play.
Stanford — TE Levine Toilolo (knee) out; WR Chris Owusu (undisclosed), S Delano Howell (wrist) probable.
Upset possibility: The Huskies need to at least contain Stanford’s run and force Luck to throw, and maybe get a few turnovers in the process, while using its own run game to create scoring opportunities of its own. UW also needs to come out fast like it did in its last home game against Oregon State and get the crowd into the game.
Key matchup: Stanford has one of the more veteran offensive lines in the conference with a combined 103 career starts among Saturday’s five projected starters. The line has allowed just three sacks this season and paved the way for Stanford to rush for 17 touchdowns. UW, meanwhile, will likely start two true freshmen on its defensive line due to injuries —- DT Sione Potoa’e and DE Hau’oli Jamora. UW may have to get creative to stop the run and pressure Luck.

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