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November 1, 2013 at 11:05 AM

Questions abound as Huskies enter November stretch run

Steve Sarkisian leads the Huskies out against Cal Saturday. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Steve Sarkisian leads the Huskies out against Cal Saturday. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

How the Huskies got here:

Aug. 31: UW 38, Boise State 6
Sept. 14: UW 34, Illinois 24
Sept. 21: UW 56, Idaho State 0
Sept. 28: UW 31, Arizona 13
Oct. 5: Stanford 31, UW 28
Oct. 12: Oregon 45, UW 24
Oct. 19: Arizona State 53, UW 24
Oct. 26: UW 41, California 17

And here’s what they have left in November:

Nov. 9: vs. Colorado (5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)
Friday, Nov. 15: at UCLA (6 p.m., ESPN2)
Nov. 23: at Oregon State (TBA)
Friday, Nov. 29: vs. Washington State (12:30 p.m., Fox)

Some key questions about UW entering the final month:

Will the defense regain its September form?

It was a great start for the Huskies in September, and for the defense in particular. UW then took its licks against Stanford, Oregon and Arizona State. The bounce-back effort against Cal was encouraging, but does it last?

Can Keith Price stay healthy, and hot?

Some were clamoring for Cyler Miles last week after Price’s poor performance (due at least in part to a battered thumb) against ASU. Price responded with a turnover-free, 376-yard, two-touchdown effort against California. There’s no question: This is his team. And as the senior leader, this final stretch is his time to shine.

Who steps up with top receiver Kasen Williams out for the season?

Jaydon Mickens, Kevin Smith and Austin Seferian-Jenkins are the established targets for senior quarterback Keith Price. Freshmen John Ross and Damore’ea Stringfellow should see more time, as should sophomore Marvin Hall.

Can the offensive line survive without Dexter Charles?

Charles, the sophomore left guard, might be UW’s best offensive lineman. He’s missed the last two games with a shoulder injury, and his status this month is uncertain. Without him, the line looked much better against Cal. But let’s be honest: The Bears’ defense is probably as bad as the Pac-12 has ever seen. What does that mean for the UW line going forward?

Will the road woes continue?

The Huskies’ struggles on the road, particularly in conference, are well chronicled. Back-to-back road trips to UCLA and Oregon State are about as tough as it gets in the Pac-12. Oh, and the Huskies haven’t beaten UCLA in the Rose Bowl since 1995, and they haven’t won in Corvallis since 2003.

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