UW Game Day
Huskies (3-0) vs. Georgia State (1-2)
3 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: KOMO AM-1000, FM-97.7.
Game preview story: Huskies not peeking ahead to Stanford
Latest line: Huskies favored by 34.5 points.
Sack attack: UW nose tackle Danny Shelton (with six) and buck end Hau’oli Kikaha (five) rank first and third, respectively, in the nation in sacks, and the Huskies’ 15 sacks through three games are tied for the most in the nation. UW has allowed just two sacks, tied for the fewest in the Pac-12.
Top cornerback’s back: Junior Marcus Peters, UW’s best and most experienced cornerback, was reinstated this week after serving a one-game suspension against Illinois last week. Without Peters, the Huskies last week played with just four scholarship cornerbacks, including three true freshmen. One of those freshmen, Sidney Jones, figures to make his second straight start. Jones has two forced fumbles in his two games for UW.
Nonconference success: A notebale stat from UW media services: Going back to (and including) the 1981 season, the Huskies have a 59-13 record against nonconference opponents at Husky Stadium. Those 13 losses have come to Nebraska (2010), LSU (2009), BYU (2008), Oklahoma (2008), Ohio State (2007), Notre Dame (2005), Fresno State (2004), Nevada (2003), Air Force (1999), Nebraska (1997), Notre Dame (1995), Colorado (1989) and Oklahoma State (1985). Notable wins during that stretch include victories over No. 19 Boise State last season, No. 22 Boise State in 2007, No. 11 Michigan in 2001, No. 4 Miami in 2000, and No. 12 Nebraska in 1992.
UW players to watch
QB Cyler Miles: 5 total TDs
WR Kasen Williams: 4 catches, 30 yards in three games
LB Shaq Thompson: 2 TDs vs. Illinois; 23 total tackles
FS Budda Baker: 16 tackles, 2 pass breakups
Georgia State players to watch
QB Nick Arbuckle: 382.3 yds total offense per game
RB Kyler Neal: 80 yards rushing, 91 yards receiving last week
WR LynQuez Blair 15 catches, 3 TD in three games
LB Joseph Peterson: Team-high 39 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF
Prediction: UW 52, Georgia State 13
On a personal note, I had the chance to attend a benefit Friday night for the Ben Towne Foundation for pediatric cancer research. It was a great event for a great organization. The actor and comedian Joel McHale hosted the benefit. You might recall McHale was a walk-on tight end for the Huskies in the early ’90s. He got in a few digs at the Cougars Friday night, and volunteered that he’s a big fan of new UW coach Chris Petersen.
If you’re interesting in learning more about the Ben Towne Foundation, you can visit the website here.
— Joshua Tufts (@JoshuaTufts) September 20, 2014