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Five Questions: Arizona

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Improvements on both sides of the ball, two elite running backs, Husky Stadium, defensive fatigue, and coaching adjustments are some questions for this week.

Otto Greule Jr

1. Which unit is for real? There are some legitimate questions about the first couple of opponents the Huskies played, but now that the Dawgs are rounding into conference play, we're going to find out whether the offense and defense are as improved as advertised. Can the offense continue to move the ball up and down the field? Can the defense continue to make life difficult for opposing offenses?

2. Who wins the battle of the backs? Bishop Sankey and Ka'Deem Carey are two of the best halfbacks in the country, and whomever has the better game will give his team a big upper hand in this game. Sankey is more game tested this season, while Carey has last season's resume to go with his performances against garbage competition lately. Can the Arizona defense contain Sankey? Can the Husky defense right the ship against spread offenses?

3. How much will Husky stadium sway the outcome? The recent games in this series have all gone to the home team, and luckily for the Huskies they have that advantage in 2013. The Huskies are undoubtedly a better team at home, and since the completion of the Husky Stadium renovation have outscored their opponents by an impressive 94-6 margin. If the Huskies play like they tend to at home, they should win this going away.

4. Who wins the track meet? These teams are going to be running a lot of plays. Fatigue for the defenses could be a factor. If there start to be a lot of big plays and/or three and outs, things could snowball for one team or the other and get out of hand in a hurry.

5. Will the coaches adjust? Last season the Arizona offense tore the Husky defense apart, and Justin Wilcox didn't roll with the punches. The defense kept getting ripped for big gain after big gain. If the Huskies come out with something that isn't working, they need to find something that can get the job done and fast. We saw last year that these kinds of games can get out of hand quickly. If the coaching staff is not on their game they could find themselves down too big for any changes to really matter.