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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

November 16, 2012 at 3:13 PM

Just the Facts — UW-Colorado

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As always on a pregame Friday, here is the unedited version of the preview box that will run in the Saturday paper:

Washington at Colorado

Time: 10:30 a.m. at Folsom Field (pictured above in a school photo).

TV: FX. Radio: KJR-AM 950-AM, 102.9-FM.

The line: UW by 20.5.

The setup: Washington goes for its first four-game winning streak since 2010 and just its second since 2001 against the woeful Buffs, who are 1-9 and have lost six in a row. UW clinched bowl eligibility last week but wants a win to improve its bowl positioning and continue a momentum-building ending to the season.

Key matchup: Huskies vs. themselves. UW is in an unfamiliar position of being a heavy favorite on the road, listed as 20.5-point favorites — the most since 1997. UW has won just five road games since 2007, but this doesn’t figure to be a tough environment. The Huskies mostly need to execute well and not make mistakes and a win should come handily.

What to expect: Colorado ranks among the worst run defense teams in the country, allowing 227.6 yards per game. The Huskies have shown an improved running game the last two weeks and are likely to see if they can take control early with a ground attack led by sophomore Bishop Sankey, now fifth in the Pac-12 with 1,011 yards. Figure Colorado to try a similar tactic against a UW run defense that is 10th in the conference behind its most consistent offense weapon, freshman running back Christian Powell (625 yards).

Notes: UW is unranked this week in the major voter polls, but is 25th in the BCS standings. … This is the second meeting between the two teams since Colorado joined the Pac-12 in 2011. UW won last year’s game 52-24 in Seattle. UW leads the all-time series 6-5-1. It won in its last meeting in Boulder in 2000, a 17-14 win for a team that went on to finish 11-1 and take the Rose Bowl. … UW has just one scholarship player on its roster from Colorado, true freshman QB Cyler Miles, who is redshirting this season but travels as an emergency quarterback. … Colorado receivers coach Bobby Kennedy worked at UW in the same position in 2002-03. … Colorado defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo is a cousin of former Huskies Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo. … The game will be televised nationally on FX with the broadcast team of Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch (who won the 1999 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at Nebraska) and Darius Walker (a former running back at Notre Dame). …

Upset brewing? Any road conference game can bring some challenges, and the Huskies will need to play a clean game and not let the Buffs hang around. But UW appears to have some significant matchup advantages on both sides of the ball, and an effort similar to that of the last three weeks should give the Huskies a comfortable win.

Injuries: Out for the season for UW are RB Jesse Callier (knee), DE Hau’oli Jamora (knee), RB Deontae Cooper (knee), WR James Johnson (wrist), OL Erik Kohler (knee), OL Colin Tanigawa (knee) and DL Lawrence Lagafuaina (leg). Also officially ruled out this week are DL Pio Vatuvei, LB Jamaal Kearse and RB Dezden Petty. CB Desmond Trufant is also nursing a hamstring injury and his status is uncertain, and DLs Josh Banks, Semisi Tokolahi and Talia Crichton have also been nursing injuries. For Colorado, QB Nick Hirschman is likely out with a concussion with Connor Wood likely to start. And 2011 leading WR Paul Richardson has been out all season with a knee injury.

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