Friday, September 7, 2012
Washington Huskies take on #3 LSU Tigers
The Washington Huskies(1-0,0-0) travel down to face the #3 LSU Tigers(1-0,0-0) in a key non conference game. The Huskies find themselves 23.5 point underdogs in this game and if they were to win would be the biggest upset in school history. The reason the Huskies are such large underdogs is due to how good the Tigers are. The Tigers played in the national title game last year and haven't lost a home game since October of 2009 when they barely lost to then #1 Florida Gators 13-3. So despite the daunting task and having not traveled to an SEC game in decades the Huskies are hoping in year four of Steve Sarkisian they can make this a game. The Huskies although lacking in talent in several key areas in comparison to the Tigers do have a strong passing game which can keep this game close.
If the Huskies have any shot in this one it is the passing game. Wide receiver Kasen Williams who considered going to LSU had six receptions last week for 75 yards with a touchdown. The super sophomore must have a big day if the Huskies have any chance at all. Super sophomore tight end and future first round pick Austin Seferian-Jenkins had nine receptions for 82 yards last week. Seferian-Jenkins is a matchup nightmare for anyone and look for the Huskies to use him. The Huskies are hoping junior Kevin Smith who is now practiced all week can contribute in the passing game as he only had two receptions for 20 yards but has shown in the past he can make big plays. Then true freshman Jaydon Mickens who had only two receptions for 16 yards and Kendyl Taylor who had one reception for five yards must make big plays. After Price sets them up with the short passes those two along with Smith can hopefully beat their man deep.
This is a big game in the Sarkisian era against the #3 team who is an SEC opponent in their house. If the Huskies were able to pull this off or even come close that is signs that the program is moving in the right direction. If let's say Sarkisian gets blown out again then he will enter Jim Lambright territory in 1998 where fans will start to grow tired of the blowouts. I see no reason why with a quarterback like Price the Huskies can't at least give the Tigers a scare. This is a great opportunity for these young guys to grow as well as they'll never face a more hostile environment than this going forward which can only help them this season and in 2013. This is a great opportunity that most college programs don't ever get the chance to achieve. The Huskies have a chance to show the nation that Husky football is officially back!