The conference slate officially gets underway for both the Washington Huskies and Arizona Wildcats Saturday. Both teams boast 3-0 records, however, Washington’s comes against a much more difficult schedule. It is one of two premier Pac-12 games this weekend, with ASU and USC being the other. Expect to see a lot of rushing yards. Not only will the two best running backs in the Pac-12 face off, but so will the No. 8 and No. 4 rushing teams in the nation.
1. Which team will be able to continue its non-conference success in Pac-12 play?
Ultimately, one of these 3-0 teams will leave the game with a loss on its record, and the other will improve to 4-0. The Wildcats started out 3-0 last year before losing their next three games. The Huskies haven’t started 4-0 since 2001.
2. How will B.J. Denker perform in his first Pac-12 road game?
Thus far in his career, B.J. Denker has seen considerable playing time against Colorado, South Carolina State, Northern Arizona, UNLV and UTSA. All of those games were played at Arizona Stadium in Tucson. Last season, Denker got limited experience in blowout road losses to Oregon and UCLA. He played well, but it came against those teams backup defenses. This is the first true test for the first-year starter.
3. Who is the best running back in the Pac-12?
Ka’Deem Carey is averaging 149.5 yards per game, while Bishop Sankey is averaging 148.7. Yards may not tell the whole tale in this game, however – or for that matter, the whole season. Carey is carrying the load for the Wildcats, but Sankey has a lot of help in the Washington passing game. Still, this game will tell us a lot about who holds the title as the Pac-12′s best running back.