In case you haven’t gotten a chance to read our ten million articles previewing the season opener versus Boise State, this preview should wrap it all up into a few hundred words for you.
The wait is finally over. Tomorrow is game day. After close to two years of dealing with construction on Montlake, a season of games at CenturyLink Field and a summer of watching Husky Stadium rise from the ground up, the big day is here.
Some are pegging this game as the biggest in the Steve Sarkisian era. To open up new Husky Stadium with a win would set a good precedent for the season ahead, in which the expectations are higher than ever. However, the No. 19 Boise State Broncos stand in the way.
1. How will Washington open Husky Stadium?
Will the Huskies usher in the new Husky Stadium era with a loss, or can they open their new digs with a bang? A sellout crowd of 70,138 is expected to be on hand to aid the Huskies to a win, but No. 19 Boise State will be looking to spoil the big event.
2. What can Deontae Cooper do?
The crowd will undoubtedly go wild when Cooper steps onto the field for the first time, but can he keep them cheering as he gets carries? Coming off one ACL tear is tough, two is near-impossible, and three is unheard of. But that’s what Cooper is doing. He was a highly touted recruit out of high school. This will be the first time we get to see if he still has the abilities he had when he first got to UW.
3. Who steps up for ASJ?
With their All-American tight end suspended, the Huskies will need to find someone to supplement his eight-or-so expected catches. Kasen Williams is a known commodity, but there’s not much else. John Ross has impressed in practice and Damore’ae Stringfellow has a lethal combination of speed and size, but it’s still to be seen what kind of impact either can make. Junior Michael Harvigson will start at tight end, while sophomore Josh Perkins will see some time as well. Converted tight end Evan Hudson could also make a reappearance on offense, if necessary.