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August 31, 2012 at 2:39 PM

Calling it (Maybe)

I got lots of not-so positive feedback last year about calling my weekly prediction blog post “The pick. …”

So as the new season begins, I think I’ll retire that and am in active search of a new name — suggestions are happily accepted.

For now, I’ve gone with the one above, which is probably a lot worse than “The pick. …” in a lot of ways. But for today, it’s what I’ve got.

As for the game itself, I hope you read our preview pieces earlier in the week on San Diego State from Rob Terranova and Yogi Roth.

Those should answer your basic questions about San Diego State and I won’t repeat too much of that information here.

One quote from Roth, though, I will repeat, in which he says “if you are the University of Washington, you win these games — that’s what you do.”

Ultimately, that’s what this game is about. SDSU’s 3-3-5 defense could present some challenges, especially in terms of identification up front. And Ryan Katz and a good receiving corps will test the defense at times.

But if UW is really ready to take the next step and be the team it thinks it is, then it wins this game and does so ultimately without a lot of drama.

Regular readers of this space know I think this is still probably a seven-win team or so — I think it’s still a little young (four seniors in the starting lineup tomorrow, two on each side of the ball) and unproven in its depth to really win a lot more than this year against what is a challenging schedule.

But Steve Sarkisian has presented a pretty persuasive counter argument to any skepticism throughout camp. He has said at varying times that this is the most talented, deepest, most athletic and fastest team he’s had at UW. He’s also said the offensive line is the best he’s had here and that he doesn’t sense the concern others on the outside have had. He’s said the talent at the skill positions is the best UW has had in his time here, and that the talent on defense is better than may have been portrayed last season and that there’s no reason it can’t turn around quickly.

If all that’s true, then this game shouldn’t be a real issue for the Huskies. San Diego State went 8-5 last year but is in rebuilding mode this year, with 11 official starters returning. Most project the Aztecs as a .500 team this year and middle of the pack in the Mountain West Conference (Lindy’s, for instance, has SDSU No. 81 in its rating of every team in the country).

So while the Aztecs are good enough to throw a scare into the Huskies, UW should be able to answer every threat with one or two of its own and ultimately pull away, if this truly is a Washington team ready to take that next step.

Call it Washington 41, San Diego State 20.

And I’ll leave you with the highlights video that was posted earlier today on the site. It ends with what might be some foreshadowing of what may be seen tomorrow — Shaq Thompson returning a kickoff. ….
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