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September 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

LSU opens as 22-point favorite over Huskies Saturday

The opening line for UW’s game next week at LSU is posted and it shows the Huskies as a 22-point underdog.

That is the second-highest spread against UW in the Steve Sarkisian era. The only time UW was more of an underdog since he arrived in 2009 was the 2010 game at Oregon, when the Huskies — playing without an injured Jake Locker — were 36-point underdogs. Oregon won that game 53-16.

UW has been a double-digit underdog 12 times under Sarkisian and has gotten outright wins four times — as a 19-point home underdog against USC in 2009 (a 16-13 win), as a 10-point dog at USC in 2010 (32-31 win), as a 14-point underdog in the 2010 Holiday Bowl against Nebraska (19-7 win) and as a 10-point underdog last year at Utah (31-14 win).

The Huskies are 6-6 against the spread in those 12 games — the four outright wins mentioned, and a 31-23 loss to LSU in 2009 as a 17-point underdog and a 37-30 loss at Notre Dame in 2009 as an 11-point underdog.

Here are the other listed spreads involving Pac-12 teams next week (some weren’t out yet as I posted this):

— Utah is a 4.5-point favorite at Utah State;
— USC is a 24-point favorite against Syracuse (a game played in East Rutherford, N.J.)
— Wisconsin is an 11-point favorite at Oregon State;
— Oregon is a 30-point favorite over visiting Fresno State;
— Nebraska is a 4.5-point favorite at UCLA;
— Stanford is a 14-point favorite over visiting Duke;
— Oklahoma State is a 13.5-point favorite at Arizona;
— and Arizona State is a six-point favorite against Illinois.

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