Washington Huskies Football: Idaho State Bengals Game Preview

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Sep 14, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Washington Huskies wide receiver Jaydon Mickens (4) scores a touchdown against Illinois Fighting Illini linebacker Mason Monheim (43) during the second half at Soldier Field. Washington defeats Illinois 34-24. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Huskies will look to improve to 3-0 for the first time since 2001 when they take on the Idaho State Bengals Saturday at noon. They proved last week that they can handle traveling to different time zones, and they proved they can dominate inferior teams against Boise State in Week 1. There’s not much for the Huskies to prove against Idaho State, but it should allow for players that don’t normally get playing time to see the field extensively in the second half.

The Storylines:

1. Will the Huskies cover the 53-point spread?

The fact that the Seahawks and Huskies are favored by a combined 73 points this weekend is mind-blowing. Then again, look at who they’re playing. Still, it will be fun to see if Steve Sarkisian decides to cut it off at some point or if he just lets the offense keep rolling the whole game. It’s tough to see the Bengals scoring much, even against the Huskies reserves, so ultimately, it comes down whether the offense can put up 53 points.

2. How many yards can Bishop Sankey rack up?

This game could cement Sankey in Heisman discussion. Not because of playing well against an elite opponent, but because he could top his career-high 208 yards he accumulated last week in just the first half. This will likely be a “pad your stats” game for much of the team, and Sankey is no exception.

3. Will someone emerge as the backup to Sankey?

Dwayne Washington looked like he had stepped into the role after the Boise State game when he rushed for 52 yards on 13 carries. However, he fumbled twice against Illinois, while Jesse Callier rushed for 66 yards on only 6 carries. Both should see significant playing time in the second half, giving both a good opportunity to set himself apart.

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