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October 19, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Three keys for the Huskies against ASU

No. 20 Washington (4-2, 1-2) at Arizona State (4-2, 2-1 Pac-12)

3 p.m. today, Sun Devil Stadium, Tempe, Ariz. TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: KJR

The line: Arizona State by 3.5 points.

Three keys for the Huskies:

Slow Sutton: Keith Price made his recruiting visit to UW five years ago on the same weekend as Arizona State DT Will Sutton, and they’ve remained friendly from afar since. “He’s a good guy,” Price said. Today will be their first on-field meeting and the first UW-ASU meeting had 13 sacks last season and was named the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year. He only has one sack so far this season, but he will be the focal point for the UW offensive line. “You have to know where he is and the matchups that he has,” UW coach Steve Sarkisian. He’s a very good pass-rusher and he’s good in one-on-one scenarios.” Several times this week, Sarkisian singled out ASU DE Carl Bradford, who had 20.5 tackles for loss last season.

Slip and slot: Washington had trouble defending Oregon’s passing attack last week, and the Huskies had trouble in particular with the slot receivers. Arizona State has a good one in D.J. Foster, a hybrid slotback with speed to burn. Running back Marion Grice, the nation’s leading scorer, is also dangerous out of the backfield, with five touchdown catches this season. Even after allowing a season-high 366 passing yards last week, UW still ranks as the Pac-12’s No. 1 pass defense.

Turnovers: Turnover are, of course, always a key. The Huskies committed two against Oregon last week — on Price deep pass and a Bishop Sankey fumble — and are no even in turnover margin for the season, with eight giveaways and eight takeaways. ASU, meanwhile, is plus-seven, with 15 takeaways in its first six games. “Obviously, turning the ball over against good teams will come back to haunt you,” Price said.

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