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Should Keith Price play on Saturday?

The question above is simple, But the answer? Well, that's not so simple. Keith Price is beat up. He was moving with a pronounced limp yesterday and took no team reps. Obviously, Nick Montana lacks experience and has his limitations

But columnist John McGrathwrites that playing Montana against Oregon State and letting Price get healthy for the Apple Cup is the smart thing to do.

Winding down the season on an upbeat note is a necessary ambition for any coach, as is the assurance of improving his team’s record from a year ago. The Huskies have expectations of finishing the regular season at 8-4 – they went 6-6 in 2010 – and they have a decent shot at a 9-4 overall record.

“I want our guys,” Sarkisian said the other day, “to regain their sense of urgency.”

But again, what’s more urgent: Beating Oregon State, or beating the Cougars? If I’m Sarkisian, I’m taking a chance on backup quarterback Nick Montana managing the offense through a winnable game Saturday, with the payoff producing an effective Keith Price in the Apple Cup.