Perhaps fittingly, the Huskies 2013 season begins against the #19 Boise State Broncos, the same team who ended their 2012 season with a frustrating loss in the 28-26 loss in the Macco Las Vegas Bowl and dropping them to an overall 7-6 record.
With 20 starters returning from last year, coach Steve Sarkisian calls this his most talented team since arriving in 2009. Offensively, the Huskies are hoping for a rebound season from QB Keith Price, and a monster one from RB Bishop Sankey. If those two things can happen, and WR Kasen Williams and all-potential everything TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins can stay on the field (and out of trouble), the offense should put up big numbers. Defensively the Huskies are led by a speedy and athletic group of linebackers, most notably converted DB Shaq Thompson. The return of injured DE Hau’oli Kikaha (who changed his last name from Jamora) is significant to help improve a defensive front that struggled against the run and needs to develop a consistent pass rush.
Redemption is certainly a theme of the 2013 Huskies football season. Revenge, however, would be the dish best served on Saturday, signifying a huge win to open the season and the first step towards what must be the goal of a 4-0 record when they go into facing the #4 Stanford Cardinal and #3 Oregon Ducks on back-to-back weekends in October (the 5th @ Stanford, and the 12th at Husky Stadium).
Of course, the first task won’t be easy. All Boise State seems to do is win–going 84-8 in the last 7 seasons under coach Chris Petersen, who are again expected to contend for the Mountain West Conference and a possible BCS bowl bid. At least no one can blame the Huskies for padding the redemption schedule – Jeremy Hadley
Where to Watch UW Huskies & Other College Football in Seattle
Capitol Hill: 95 Slide | 722 E Pike St | More info: http://95slide.com/
Belltown: Belltown Pub | 2322 1st Ave | More Info: http://belltownpub.com/
Queen Anne/Belltown: Buckleys | 2331 2nd Ave & 232 1st Ave W | More Info: http://buckleysseattle.com/
University District: The Duchess | 2827 NE 55th St | More Info: Facebook page
Northlake: Northlake Pizza Tavern | 660 NE Northlake Way | More Info: http://northlaketavern.com/home.html
August 29, 2013
3PM: North Carolina @ South Carolina (#6)
8PM: USC (#24) @ Hawaii
August 31, 2013
1:00PM: Nicholls @ Oregon (#3)
3:00PM: Eastern Wash. @ Oregon St. (#25)
7PM: Boise St. (#19) @ Washington
7:30PM: Northwestern (#22) @ California