Game 4: Washington (3-0) vs. Arizona (3-0) in Pac-12 Conference opener, 4 p.m. today, Husky Stadium. TV: FOX. Radio: KJR (950-AM)
Latest line: UW favored by 10.
Arizona key players:
RB Ka’Deem Carey: 2012 FBS rushing king
QB B.J. Denker: Making his first Pac-12 road start
WR Garic Wharton: Team-high 7 catches this season
LB Jake Fischer: Had 119 tackles in 2012
UW key players:
RB Bishop Sankey: 148.7 yards per game ranks second in the nation
QB Keith Price: Efficient, error-free so far this season
DE Cory Littleton: A key defender vs. Arizona’s read-option
NT Danny Shelton: A run-stuffer’s dream game
Corner-stones: Figure on the Huskies leaving cornerbacks Marcus Peters and Greg Ducre alone in coverage more than normal, with UW’s safeties needed to help in the run game. Surely, Arizona will expect this. But with a passing game that ranks 119th in the nation, can the Wildcats take advantage?
Penalty problems: UW ranks last in the nation in penalties, and at least 10 of UW’s 16 penalties last week were against the offensive line on false starts and holds. UW coach Steve Sarkisian said the line is still a work in progress in that regard. “Where we’re vulnerable up front right now is with some of the movement, pre-snap and post-snap movement,” he said. “We have to get better at it, and I think that we have.”
— The UW defense was run over in Tucson last season. The Huskies believe they’re in much better shape today.
— Ken Griffey Jr. will be at Husky Stadium today to see his son, Trey Griffey, a redshirt freshman receiver for Arizona. Trey is coming back from a concussion in August, and is looking for his first catch for the ‘Cats.
— The worst-kept secret of the week has been confirmed: The Huskies will debut their shiny gold helmets today .
— Nice read on B.J. Denker‘s unusual journey to become a Pac-12 starting quarterback.
— Another look back at the Leap by the Lake, 15 years later.