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Husky Football Blog

The latest news and analysis on the Montlake Dawgs.

September 19, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Game prediction: For the Huskies, a meaningful warmup before a meaningful test

 

Cyler Miles hits tight end Darrell Daniels, left, for a first down against Eastern Washington. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Cyler Miles hits tight end Darrell Daniels, left, for a first down against Eastern Washington. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times)

Cyler Miles has never faced a test quite like this.

The nation’s No. 1 defense is coming to Husky Stadium in a game that will truly give us an idea of where the Huskies stand. Pretender? Contender? Still stuck somewhere in between?

Stanford has won back-to-back Pac-12 championships, and despite a 13-10 loss to USC a couple weeks ago, the Cardinal defense looks as formidable as ever.

Oh, wait … sorry. Got ahead of myself there. Stanford’s next week, of course.

All apologies to Georgia State … but what else can we learn about the Huskies this Saturday (3 p.m., Pac-12 Networks)?

The Huskies (3-0), 34.5-point favorites, have said all the right things this week. They’re not overlooking the Panthers (1-2) … they have a lot of work to do … every game matters … yada, yada, yada.

Georgia State is ranked 114th in the nation in total defense, allowing 490.7 yards per game. The Huskies, if they really wanted, could probably run for that many yards Saturday. The Panthers, 0-12 last year in their first season as an FBS program, have allowed 119 points in three games.

Miles still has work to do in the passing game. Getting Kasen Williams involved will be important, and completing a few more third-down passes will show progress. It’s a safe bet that UW will find itself in a few of those third-and-long situations next week, and if Miles can’t come through against this defense, how will he fare against that defense?

Prediction: Washington 52, Georgia State 13.

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