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November 18, 2010 at 2:23 PM

UCLA pre-game scenes

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It’s about two-and-a-half hours to kickoff and I’ve arrived in my seat here in the Husky Stadium press box.
The commute from the south end was the easiest I’ve had all year — but I rarely leave four hours prior to kickoff so not necessarily a real apples-to-apples comparison.
It’s dry as I type this, but overcast and cold.
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The first picture is the view outside the front gate of the stadium — the white bus is one of the charters the school rented for the night to get people here.
The second picture is the view of the student section from the press box, with the flip cards spelling out a W that is easily visible from here.
The third and fourth pictures are of the field, one from the press box and the other entering the stadium from the closed end.
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As for the game itself, we’ve batted around often the last 11 days how big this is for the Huskies. It’s a must-win to get to a bowl game, the stated goal for the season. If the Huskies do that, I would still argue that the season was a success, especially if they got to a bowl game and won it.
Anything less and the season is obviously a disappointment. And that would raise a lot of questions among a lot of people about where things are headed.
But for now, the focus has to be on tonight and beating UCLA and keeping the bowl hopes alive.
I was asked on a radio show the three keys for the game and I stated them this way:
1, Contain UCLA’s running game — specifically holding the Bruins under 200 yards;
2, Play better on special teams — this has been a season-long issue for UW and they have to at least not lose the special teams battle soundly;
3, Make some plays in the passing game. UCLA’s secondary is not great and UW should get some chances to take some shots downfield. They have to convert.
I’ll throw open for a live chat at 3:30 p.m. for anyone interested.

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