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Morning reading: Will Stanford shutdown the Huskies again?

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“It’s going to be a great challenge for us,” Huskies coach Steve Sarkisian said.

Challenge might be putting it mildly because in the past two years against the Cardinal, Washington was overwhelmed and overmatched.

If the loss two years ago was humbling, last year’s 41-0 loss at Husky Stadium was humiliating.

Stanford physically beat up Washington, dominating the line of scrimmage and time of possession.

Painful as it might have been, Sarkisian spent part of Monday taking another look at that game.

“To see our style of play and the way we played them was very disappointing,” he said. “I watched it first thing this morning – our game last year – and the same feelings I felt after the game last year kind of came back again this morning. I didn’t dwell on it too long. We didn’t play well in any phase of the ballgame. We weren’t physical. We didn’t execute. Our efficiency in the pass game was poor. All of that is on me.”

Washington managed 107 yards of total offense – 19 rushing, 88 passing – and seven first downs.

“I don’t know if we just couldn’t do anything right, or they did everything well,” quarterback Keith Price said. “But we got smashed.”

It was the first time Washington had been shut out at home since 1976.Scott Johnson of the Everett Herald has this story about Steve Sarkisian's play-calling skills

After scoring 30 points in each of their first six games this season, the 22nd-ranked Huskies (5-1 overall, 3-0 in the Pacific-12 Conference) roll into Saturday's game at Stanford with the kind of offensive rhythm needed to keep pace with Luck and the Cardinal offense.

It all starts with Sarkisian, who has really found his stride as a play-caller this season. His offense currently ranks 46th in the nation in yards per game (419.7) and 22nd in points per game (37.0). Over the past six quarters, UW has been able to move the ball at will.

"I think we're in a pretty good rhythm," Sarkisian said Monday when asked about his play-calling in recent weeks. "And I think we've been in a pretty good rhythm for a few weeks."Art Thiel of Sportpress NW writes about the possibility of Keith Price outplaying Andrew Luck in this game.

Then again, the subject isn’t national security secrets. Hell, it isn’t even as ridiculous as Jim Harbaugh’s nuclear handshake.

OK, I’ve talked myself into it:

Saturday in Palo Alto, what if  Stanford’s Andrew Luck is the second-best quarterback on the field?

What if Washington’s Keith Price outplays the best pro quarterback prospect since another Stanford guy 30 years earlier, John Elway, or even Peyton Manning?

I know. Not likely. Luck is bigger, stronger, older, more polished, has a better team around him, and is playing at home.

But still . . . No one figured  Washington for 5-1 either, nor did they see the emergence of Price as a record-breaker in his first year in charge.Washington lost outside linebacker commit Jeremy Castro to Oregon.

The Huskies are having a rummage sale! Just kidding, it's an online auction of stuff from Husky Stadium. I tell you what if they have my chair from the press box, I'm bidding on it.

UW is ranked third in Ted Miller's Pac 12 Power rankings.

Pac 12 North

Cal: Columnist Monte Poole writes about Zach Maynard's problems.

Oregon: No updates on Darron Thomas and LaMichael James injuries. But do they really need them against Colorado.

Oregon State: Cornerback Jordan Poyer, who had an interception in the loss to BYU, had his car keyed.  If you remember, tight end Joe Halahuni had a bunch of nasty notes left on his car when he dropped a key pass in a loss to UW last year.

Washington State: The Cougs are still better off than they have been at the halfway point of the season.

Pac 12 South

Arizona: The Wildcats won't give up the Chris Peterson dream.

ASU: The Devils get the much-needed bye week to heal physically and psychologically to some extent.

Colorado: The Buffs lost LB Doug Rippy for the season and Rodney Stewart for possibly four game.s

USC: The Trojans' top committed recruit Arik Armstead, decided to dec0mmit

UCLA: The Bruins want to play ball control against Arizona

Utah: A midseason report on the Utes