Originally posted on CU at the Game  |  Last updated 11/3/13
  Colorado Daily – Washington November 4th First look: Washington Huskies Washington is 5-3 on the season, and are coming off of a bye week before facing Colorado. The Huskies got off to a 4-0 start in September, including what appeared to be a big win over Boise State in the season opener (Boise State, while 6-3, is not the Bronco team of recent years. Boise State gave up 626 yards of total offense to Colorado State in a 42-30 win last weekend). Wins over Illinois and Idaho State were followed up by an impressive 31-13 win over Arizona. Washington finished the month of September with a No. 15 national ranking. October, though, was not as kind to the Huskies, with Washington going 1-3. Tough losses to Stanford (31-28) and Oregon (45-24) were followed by an embarrassing 53-24 thumping by Arizona State. Washington salvaged the month with a 41-17 win over California in their most recent game. Washington has finished 7-6 each of the last three seasons. After a 4-0 start and a top 25 ranking, those days appeared to be in the past. Now, with road games left against UCLA and Oregon State, plus the Apple Cup battle against Washington State, another 7-6 season may be in the offing. Of course, after feasting on the Cal Bears, the Huskies are looking to be healed up again by facing the Buffs. But there are questions. From the Seattle Times … 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. — Washington a huge favorite over Colorado Last week, vegasinsider.com had Colorado as a 24-point underdog to UCLA, with the line moving quickly to 27.5 points (and even higher by kickoff). The Buffs played better than expected, and beat the spread by “only” losing to the Bruins by 22 points, 45-23. Time to give the Buffs a little love? Not so. Colorado opened as a 26-point underdog, but that line quickly moved up to 28 points, with the “smart money” again going against the Buffs. Why? Well, perhaps the bettors are looking at Washington’s 38-3 win over Colorado last season in Boulder. Or the 52-24 win for the home team the last time the Buffs were in Seattle. Or it just might be the fact that Colorado is carrying around like an albatross its school record conference losing streak, now up to 13 games. We’ll see Saturday (6:00 p.m., MT, Pac-12 Networks). Other lines of note … - In the game of the year in the Pac-12, Oregon opened as a 7.5 point pick over Stanford, but that line has already moved up to ten points. - In the only other line (involving two BCS teams) with a higher spread than CU’s is the 35 points Florida State is giving Wake Forest (though Louisville is also giving up 28 to Connecticut). - Arizona State is a touchdown favorite over Utah, with the game to be played in Salt Lake City. - The Buffs’ next two opponents, Cal and USC, face one another in Berkeley this weekend. Despite being on the road, the Trojans are a 17-point favorite. - UCLA was a 2.5 point favorite on the road against Arizona, but that line is now down to one point. - Colorado State is a nine-point favorite over Nevada at home this weekend.
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