Seattle, WA - This week the Huskies face off against the feisty FCS team, the Sacramento State Hornets. The Hornets have caused problems for more than one Pac-12 team, and look to do it again on Saturday. Both of these teams are pushing a bunch of young players into the fray. Last week the Hornets played 18 freshmen, while the Huskies played 8. Here's all the info you need to prepare for and catch the game this weekend:
Where: Alaska Airlines Field at Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
When: Saturday, September 12, 2015
11:00 a.m. Pacific Time
TV Schedule: Pac-12 Networks, Ted Robinson (play-by-play), Lincoln Kennedy (color) and Ashley Adamson (sidelines)
Radio: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius (158) and XM (198)
This will be the first time the Huskies and Sacramento State have faced off on the football field. However, they have faced off multiple times against other Big Sky opponents. Currently, the Dawgs are batting .952, with a 20-1-1 record. Most of those wins came against the University of Montana, back when the Grizzlies were part of the Pacific Coast Conference. (If you remember, the first time the Huskies played an FCS team was back in 2011 against Eastern Washington.) The only loss to a Big Sky opponent came all the way back in 1920, though the Dawgs nearly stole defeat from the hands of victory both times the played Eastern.
Since 2002, Sacramento State is 2-13 all time against FBS teams, and 2-6 all-time against the Pac-12. Their two wins against the Pac-12 came against Oregon State in 2011, when the Hornets visited Corvalis, OR and left with a nail-biting, over time win, and then again in 2012 when they went to Boulder, CO and beat the home-team Buffaloes 30-28.
0 - The number of 100 yard rushers (in a single game), Sacramento State has this year.
1 - The average number of special teams touchdowns Sacramento State has per game this year.
2 - The number of times Sacramento State coughed up the football last week.
8 - Sacramento State's yards per attempt by their quarterbacks.
9 - The number of Hornet receivers who have caught a pass this season.
9.5 - The number of tackles for loss Sacramento State had last week.
17.3 - The average yards per kickoff return for the Hornets this season.
58.8 - Jake Browning's completion percentage last week.
54 - Jake Locker's career completion percentage.
64.7 - The completion percentage of the Hornets' starting QB.
203 - The average amount of rushing yards Sacramento State gets per game.
296 - The average number of passing yards Sacramento State gets per game.
Questions Needing Answers
Will we some some run blocking this week? Can we maybe even see some linemen get to the second level of the Hornet defense? Will there be some intermediate to long passes this week ... please? Will the receivers be able to get open?
Can I see some turnovers? I would prefer 4 picks and 3 fumbles ... How about some sacks? How will our linebackers react to a mobile quarterback? Will the front seven take another step forward? Who will have the most tackles for a loss this week?
What is the second most common thing that will be complained about on the gamethread, since I'm already pretty sure that the number 1 complaint will be about somebody with the initials JS? Can the Huskies please keep this game from being interesting in any way, just to save me from getting some ulcers this week?
This is a game that the Huskies should be able to fix, or at a minimum address, their glaring mistakes from a week ago. I expect to see improved pass protection, and significantly better run blocking. I'm also expecting to see our front 7 get after Sacramento States offensive line, and get some serious pressure on their quarterback.
Ultimately, the Huskies better win this game comfortably, force multiple turnovers, and do what FBS teams are supposed to do to FCS teams. This is a game that should help the younger players get quality reps and experience, and give them the opportunity to get game speed action, and to allow the coaches to fix a bunch of the mental errors that occurred during last weeks game.
If this game is closer than 17 points at the start of the 4th quarter, you can bet that I will be joining in with the rest of the "restless" fans on the gamethread.
- Here's a preview from the UW Daily for the game.
- Apparently, Sacramento State DB Joey Banks had played against Jake Browning in the past. It wasn't a pretty game, and he's hoping things will go a little bit differently this time around.
- Be sure to watch for Sacramento State tight end Stone Sander this game. He's making quite the comeback this year, after having missed his first two seasons with injuries.
The Huskies are 1-0 against the spread this season, but this week they'll take a break from the Vegas lines, since they're playing an FCS team. I would also like to point out that I was correct last week in not only picking that the Huskies would beat the spread, but also that that the final score would be under 54 points.
If you're up for a bunch of emotional nutcases, and lots of swear words, come on over to the game thread and chat for a little while. There might be some nuts in the room, but hopefully the negativity will be kept to a minimum, assuming the Huskies do what they're supposed to do and dismantle their opponent.It opens up a half hour or so before kickoff.