For a guy who grew up in California, played college ball in a dry area such as Provo (except for a couple winter months) – UW coach Steve Sarkisian is sure adjusting admirably to the grab-bag of weather conditions found in Seattle this time of the season.
By kickoff Saturday night, it should be somewhere in the 50-degree range. Rain is in the forecast. So, too, is wind.
"I think it can be (a factor)," Sarkisian said. "Just the wind in itself can be a factor in here. We don't mind if it gets a little cool, and gets a little wet.
"We get to practice in it all the time. Fortunately, our quarterback was born and raised in this stuff, so he doesn’t mind."
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In what truly is a pick-em game, the smaller details such as weather, home crowd and overall comfort could be the difference – which is why I'm going with the Huskies this week.
ARIZONA STATE (2-3)at WASHINGTON (2-2)
Kickoff: 7:15 p.m. PDT, Husky Stadium, Seattle.
TV: Fox Sports Northwest. Radio: 950-AM.
The series: UW leads, 15-14. The Sun Devils have won six in a row against the Huskies, including last season's 24-17 victory in Tempe, Ariz. The last UW win came in 2001 (33-31). ASU coach Dennis Erickson (also at Washington State, Miami, Oregon State) is 5-6 all-time against the UW.
What to watch: Will this be the week Jake Locker has the green light to go bombs-away? Pressure from the front seven of ASU's defense has been spotty, at best. And aside from Omar Bolden, ASU's secondary can be picked on, with its other three starters (Deveron Carr, Clint Floyd and Keelan Johnson) logging just 19 starts among them – 13 coming this season. … How long will the Sun Devils keep middle linebacker Vontaze Burfict parked? The over and under – a series. It might only last a couple of plays. Coach Dennis Erickson knows in attacking Locker, Burfict is ASU's best weapon. … How road weary will ASU be?Six consecutive games to start the season; three games in a row on the road; three consecutive losses heading into today's game in Seattle – now that is a grind.
What's at stake: A 32-31 win last week over Southern California put the Huskies back on track for a bowl bid. Winning these next two games at home, and going to 4-2 is a must before heading to the meat of their schedule.
TNT pick: Huskies, 28-27. PRIME NUMBERSARIZONA STATENo. Name (position) Height/Weight Year07 Vontaze Burfict (MLB) 6-3/245 SophomoreScary thing isn't his temper – it's how he makes football look that easy.14 Steven Threet (QB) 6-5/240 JuniorIf he can reduce interceptions (10), the strong-armed starter is due for big game. 25 Deantre Lewis (RB) 5-10/189 FreshmanBum shoulder shouldn't keep him from possible fourth 100-yard rushing day.28 Thomas Weber (PK) 6-1/207 SeniorHiss 43 field goals the past two seasons most ever by an ASU placekicker.50 Lawrence Guy (DT) 6-5/300 JuniorLeader of Sun Devils' stout line; next tackle will be 100th for his career.
WASHINGTONNo. Name (position) Height/Weight Year01 Chris Polk (RB) 5-11/214 SophomoreAnother true freshman (Lewis) trying to steal his thunder? Feed him the ball.06 Desmond Trufant (CB) 6-0/177 SophomoreAfter pair of sub-par outings, teams needs Wilson High grad to bounce back.10 Jake Locker (QB) 6-3/230 SeniorNeeds 82 yards to move past Brock Huard (6,391) for No. 2 passing all-time.17 Erik Folk (PK) 5-11/197 JuniorMore leg on kickoffs needed to slow ASU's Kyle Middlebrooks and Omar Bolden.52 Hau'oli Jamora (DE) 6-3/238 FreshmanSomeone needs to create havoc on edges; betting he's the one to step forward.