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The good, the bad and the unknown: Sacramento State

Washington got a much-needed blowout win over Sacramento State

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The Good

Blowout - I think a 14-17 point would have been fine for Husky fans with the low expectations this season, but delivering a 49-0 blowout, even if it was against an FCS opponent gives a little bit of much-needed confidence going back into the heart  of the 2015 schedule. I feel like the more than comfortable win reassures that the Huskies might not be the Washington State/Oregon State/Colorado-type team that can get challenged  by a run-of-the-mill Big Sky team.

Myles Gaskin - What a coming out party. Gaskin looked like a smaller, but faster Chris Polk who could be the answer at running back for the next three-four years.

Jake Browning - Browning is the first Husky quarterback since Cody Pickett who looks truly comfortable playing the position. He has a long ways to go and will take some freshman lumps,but he looked like a natural in a better setting than opening at Boise State in his first game.

Defense/Shutout - The defense looked the way they did in the second half against  Boise State - stingy against the run and solid against the pass. Even against an FCS opponent, a shutout is still a statement.

Josh Perkins - Perkins looked like the rangy and reliable target that Browning will need to succeed on a freshman.

No injuries - Getting through the first two weeks without a major injury is always a godsend.

The Bad

Slow start - The second quarter explosion and final score covered up a bad start by the Huskies. This team just can't seem to come out firing yet under Chris Petersen.

Offensive line - Some great vision and tackle breaking by Gaskin and scrambling by Browning covered up for a continued mess of an offensive line. There is no excuse for failing to get a yard on the ground when you need it against an FCS opponent.

The unknown

Mean anything? A 49-0 win over anyone is nice, but does this game show that Washington does have some offense and confirm they will have a tight defense in 2015, or is Sacramento State just that bad?

Gaskin the man? Will Gaskin fall in line after Polk and Sankey after an impressive star turn, or is he more the back with a long ways to go that we caught a glimpse of against Boise State?

Upperclassmen? It is scary to think how few upperclassmen have made a mark this far this season. Will some of the juniors like Travis Feeney, Jaydon Mickens and Dwayne Washington step up, or will they fade into the distance as the freshmen and sophomores shine?

Utah State? The Aggies have looked like an underrated challenge since the end of last season and they look to have a stingy defense and tough senior leader at quarterback. Are they the kind of team that could come into Husky Stadium and steal a win?