Sacramento State (1-0, 0-0 in Big Sky) at Washington (0-1, 0-0 in Pac-12)
11 a.m. PT, Husky Stadium, Seattle
TV: Pac-12 Networks. Radio: 1000-AM, 97.7 FM.
The line: N/A
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The series: The teams have never played.
Washington’s first home game of the 2015 schedule begins in fewer than 12 hours as the Huskies host Big Sky opponent Sacramento State.
For its trouble, Sacramento State will be paid $450,000, according to a UW spokesperson -- which is actually less than half of the $1 million that will be paid to Utah State for next week’s game. For comparison, the Huskies paid $900,000 for Georgia State to come to Seattle last season, they paid $450,000 to Eastern Washington, and Illinois received $275,000.
On to some links:
--- Here’s our advance of today’s game, focusing on the obvious: this is one the Huskies should win comfortably. An excerpt:
After a season-opening loss at Boise State that was discouraging (for the offense) and encouraging (for the defense) all at once, it’s still hard to know just what to expect from this Washington Huskies football team.
Except for this week, anyway.
The surest thing on Washington’s schedule arrives at 11 a.m. Saturday in the form of the Huskies’ home opener against Sacramento State, a member of the Football Championship Subdivision and the Big Sky conference.
Of course, the Big Sky has proven itself recently as something more than a collection of doormats — Portland State, anyone? — and the Hornets themselves have claimed a pair of victories over Pac-12 foes as recently as 2012 (at Colorado) and 2011 (at Oregon State).
Huskies coach Chris Petersen might do well, then, to remind his young, inexperienced team of upsets past. But there isn’t another game on UW’s schedule as winnable as this one.
Petersen, of course, said victory won’t be assured unless the Huskies “play as a team” and “get some things going.” Their offense did not achieve the latter in that 16-13 defeat at Boise State, totaling just 179 yards from scrimmage and rushing for just 29 yards on 22 attempts.
“I know what Sac State’s going to bring,” Petersen said. “They’re going to bring tremendous focus, energy, effort — they’re going to play well, they’re going to play inspired. I mean, you can see it, what’s gone on the first week or so. So it’s really clear what they’re going to bring. What we need to do is match all that.”
--- My official prediction: Washington 38, Sacramento State 10.
--- Adam Jude has this preview of the game.
--- As Joe Davidson from the Sacramento Bee notes, this isn’t the first time Chris Petersen has faced Sacramento State in a must-win.
--- There won’t be any Alaska Airlines branding visible at Husky Stadium tomorrow, but a field logo is likely to be in place for UW’s Sept. 19 game against Utah State a week from today -- and eventually, all of the signage detailed in this document (visuals included -- scroll to page 16) will be put in place.
--- Victor Aiyewa’s “tell all” story about Steve Sarkisian turned out to be a positive assessment of the former UW coach.
There was one Pac-12 team in action last night ...
Utah 24, Utah State 14 -- You can read all you need to know about the game at the Salt Lake Tribune’s website. The Aggies enter next week’s game at Husky Stadium with a 1-1 record.
There are 10 other Pac-12 teams in action today ...
Oregon State at Michigan, 9 a.m., ABC -- A bunch of Oregon State fans made the road trip to watch this one in the Big House.
Massachusetts at Colorado, 11 a.m., Pac-12 Networks -- Colorado has something to prove.
Washington State at Rutgers, 12:30 p.m., ESPNU -- The Cougars expect their best.
San Diego State at Calfornia, 2 p.m., Pac-12 Networks -- California’s left tackle faces his hometown school.
Arizona at Nevada, 4 p.m., CBS Sports Network -- Four storylines to keep an eye on.
Idaho at USC, 5 p.m., Pac-12 Networks -- The Trojans’ younger players should get plenty of action in this blowout.
Oregon at Michigan State, 5 p.m., ABC -- The Oregonian has five things to watch from the most intriguing game in the country this week.
UCLA at UNLV, 7:30 p.m., CBS Sports Network -- UCLA’s freshman quarterback is the headliner in Las Vegas.
UCF at Stanford, 7:30 p.m., FOX Sports 1 -- Stanford hopes its home field is a little friendlier than the road was last week.
Cal Poly at Arizona State, 8 p.m., Pac-12 Networks -- A scouting report and prediction from Doug Haller.
See you at 10 a.m. for a pregame chat.
Christian Caple can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @ChristianCaple