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Picking the Washington-Georgia State game

Georgia State (1-2) at Washington (3-0)

3 p.m. Saturday, Husky Stadium

The line: Washington by 36

TV: Pac-12 Networks

Radio: 1000 AM/97.7 FM

No mystery this week.

Washington is a Pac-12 program with a full allotment of scholarships, world-class facilities and a handful of future NFL draft picks.

Georgia State is in its fifth year as a football program, its second as a Sun Belt conference and FBS member, and is coming off an 0-12 season. The Panthers have won 11 games, all-time, against 10 teams: Shorter, Campbell (twice), Morehead State, Savannah State, North Carolina Central, Lamar, Clark Atlanta, South Alabama, Rhode Island and Abilene Christian.

So, there isn't a whole lot to analyze here. Georgia State's offense is improved from what it did a year ago, with junior-college transfer quarterback Nick Arbuckle leading the way at 373.7 passing yards per game. Granted, GSU's three opponents so far this season were Abilene Christian, New Mexico State and Air Force, so the Huskies should probably be expected to fare a little better than those teams, inexperience in the secondary or not.

For UW, this game will be more about fine-tuning some of its weaknesses before Stanford visits next week to begin Pac-12 play. Can the defense dominate up front the way it should, and can the defensive backfield take advantage of some pressured throws by snagging a few interceptions like DBs coach Jimmy Lake has been clamoring for? Offensively, the passing game is probably the biggest concern right now, but I'm not sure how often the Huskies are going to throw the ball against an opponent they should be able to run all over (Georgia State has allowed 490.7 yards per game so far this season).

If winning this game ends up requiring any more effort than a layup line, the Huskies are in trouble.

The pick: Washington 56, Georgia State 10.

Christian Caple can be reached at Twitter: @ChristianCaple