Here is the Huskies-Orange game day chart for Saturday:
SYRACUSE (1-0)at WASHINGTON (0-1)
Kickoff: 4 p.m. PDT, Husky Stadium, Seattle.
TV: Fox Sports Northwest. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: UW leads, 2-1. The Huskies won the last meeting – 42-12 – in 2007 at the Carrier Dome. Before that, the UW won in 1973 (21-7 at Husky Stadium) and lost in 1977 (22-20 at Archbold Stadium).
What to watch: How will the Huskies attack this fiery and suddenly-formidable Orange run defense? Akron averaged 2.3 yards per carry last week (24 carries, 55 yards), but the UW might go a different way early – swinging the ball out to tailbacks Chris Polk and Jesse Callier in the flat to stretch out a fast Syracuse defense. Not to worry, Polk should end the game with 20-plus carries, with the bulk of it coming late. … How similar are UW's Jake Locker and Syracuse's Ryan Nassib, both dual-threat signal callers? It just might be the progression of their careers, but Locker, a senior, has settled down to be a passer, and Nassib, a junior and first-year starter, will look to run more. Both have rocket arms. … Are the Huskies' special teams still vulnerable? Not a lot to brag about in last week's loss at Brigham Young, and now they're trying to break in Kiel Rasp as their new punter. Rasp is a little slower in getting kicks off that injured Will Mahan, and the Orange did block a kick – albeit, a field goal – against Akron. No wonder the UW has paid special attention to that phase this week.
What's at stake: From coaches to players, to a man – this is not a must-win game. Really? A home-opening loss today, and entering a brutal stretch of playing Nebraska and Southern California in two of the next three weeks will have fans thinking an 0-4 start is certainly feasible.
TNT pick: Huskies, 30-19. PRIME NUMBERSSYRACUSENo. Name (position) Height/Weight Year03 Delone Carter (TB) 5-9/220 SeniorStronger than he looks (5-10, 215), and now tutored by Tyrone Wheatley.12 Ryan Nassib (QB) 6-2/224 JuniorA bit like the 2007 version of Locker – run, run and a surprise dart throw.25 Derrell Smith (MLB) 6-1/232 SeniorDefensive leader; four fourced fumbles in 2009 were a Big East high mark.35 Mike Holmes (CB) 5-11/182 SeniorKnows the bad times (2007-08), now enjoying good times as big-play threat.82 Van Chew (WR) 6-1/170 JuniorIf anybody is going to get behind the UW secondary, it's this speed burner.
WASHINGTONNo. Name (position) Height/Weight Year15 Jermaine Kearse (WR) 6-2/205 JuniorFive catches (and TD) on team-high 13 targets last week; also big drops.24 Jesse Callier (TB) 5-10/205 FreshmanIn line for lots of work with Fogerson (leg) out, will try and hit big play outside.40 Mason Foster (OLB) 6-2/242 SeniorAll he does is tackle; might be first Husky in 20 years to crack 150 in season.61 Gregory Christine (RG) 6-2/288 SeniorNot to pick on emotional leader, but Kohler and Porter on verge of takeover. 96 Kiel Rasp (P) 6-3/215 JuniorIs his punting leg boom or bust? Whatever it is, get the ball off quickly.