Preview | No. 3 USC at Washington

college Cheerleader, Washington Huskies

There’s a regime change in Seattle, and the shores of Lake Washington have been buzzing with expectation.  Steve Sarkisian was introduced as the new coach of the University of Washington in January, and it didn’t take long to elevate his approval rating.  The Huskies opened the season playing the LSU Tigers tough, before falling to defeat.  They followed up with a victory over Idaho, which ended a 15-game winless streak.  But any celebration of a rise from futility is cut short, and Washington will now welcome the third ranked USC Trojans to Husky Stadium.

Last week: defeated Idaho 42-23

Jake Locker is the key to any success the Huskies will have.  The dual-threat quarterback missed Washington’s final 8 games a year ago with a broken wrist, and the offense sputter in each of those losses.  He enters Saturday’s game completing sixty percent of his passes and combining for 6 touchdowns through the air and on the ground.  Where Ohio State’s Terrelle Pryor proved to more hype, Jake Locker may be the more dangerous, though less recognized, of the two.   Locker lacks the supporting cast, but managed to keep a nation on edge, as the Trojans narrowly escaped their last trip to Seattle with a 3 point victory.

No. 3 USC TROJANS (2-0)
Last week: defeated No. 11 Ohio State 18-15

USC enters this weekend’s game a little banged up. By all indications, All-American safety Taylor Mays will be sitting out his Seattle homecoming with a knee sprain suffered against the Buckeyes last week. Ohio State also managed to place quarterback Matt Barkley on the “questionable” list, after driving his shoulder into the Ohio Stadium turf. Aaron Corp has taken the first-team snaps in practices, with the true freshman Barkley still not throwing. The Trojans used a conservative approach to defeat Ohio State, and I would expect more of the same to begin this game, regardless of the quarterback.

Analysis: There isn’t a coaching staff in America that knows USC more than the group in Washington. When Steve Sarkisian chose to leave the Trojan offense to command the Washington Huskies, he took defensive coordinator Nick Holt with him. There is supposedly still some bad blood between Holt and Carroll, and not the two teams will finally square off in a coaching chess match.

The advantage clearly favors USC and the more talented roster, but if their is an equalizer for that talent, it would be the knowledge of plays coupled with knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the personnel. Some read this as a trap game for the Trojans in Seattle, but I predict the Trojans running away with a victory.

All Time Series: USC leads 49-26-4
Streak: USC has won 7 straight


~ by Anthony on September 17, 2009.

One Response to “Preview | No. 3 USC at Washington”

  1. Wow. Great website! USC normally rolls bad teams. But as you probably, painfully know, they fail to show up about once a year and it costs the Trojans mightily. Jake Locker has that kind of aura to match up. Hopefully Pete Carroll has mastered this avoid the major upset issue this year.

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