Washington (2-2, 0-1 in Pac-12) at No. 17 USC (3-1, 1-1 in Pac-12)
6 p.m. Thursday, Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum
Radio: 1000 AM/97.7 FM
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The line: USC by 17
--- Here’s my advance of today’s game, revisiting ex-UW coach Steve Sarkisian’s triumph over the Trojans in Los Angeles five years ago. An excerpt:
LOS ANGELES -- When they visit 17th-ranked USC for a Thursday night game at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, the Washington Huskies won’t just be seeing former coach Steve Sarkisian for the first time since he left UW in December 2013.
They’ll also revisit the site of one of the most significant victories of Sarkisian’s five-year tenure with the Huskies.
It was five years ago this month — Oct. 2, 2010 — that Erik Folk kicked a 32-yard field goal as time expired to give the Huskies a 32-31 win over USC on the hallowed Coliseum grass, the second win for UW over the Trojans in as many seasons.
The first, a 16-13 upset victory over 3rd-ranked USC at Husky Stadium in the third week of the 2009 season — Sarkisian’s first at UW — provided instant hope that the Huskies could recover from their 0-12 finish the year prior. But winning in Los Angeles meant a little more — that victory in 2010 helped the Huskies finish the regular season with a 6-6 record and qualify for their first bowl game in eight years, and it gave Sarkisian some much-needed cachet as a young head coach.
Asked this week to assess the significance of those victories, Sarkisian, now in his second season at USC, described them as “really helpful” in establishing proper morale and culture among the team and the UW fan base, and thought it gave potential recruits “a glimpse of what the future might hold.”
“To go in and get two consecutive wins against (USC) at the time when we were at Washington,” Sarkisian said, “I thought was good for our conference, it was good obviously for our university, and it was good for that rivalry.”
--- Ted Miller writes that emotions aside, Sarkisian and USC simply need to beat Washington.
I’ll have a live chat/thread beginning an hour before kickoff, so stop by if you want to discuss the game or just follow along.
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