Washington vs. California: Game Preview

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November 02, 2012; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Zach Maynard (15) is is tackled between Washington Huskies defensive tackle Danny Shelton (71) and linebacker John Timu (10) during the fourth quarter at Memorial Stadium. Maynard was injured on the play. Washington won 21-13. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Both the California Golden Bears and Washington Huskies are coming off embarrassing losses to two of the top teams in the Pac-12, Oregon State and Arizona State. The biggest difference? This is the first blowout the Huskies have taken, while it seemingly happens to Cal every week.

For all intents and purposes, last week’s loss to ASU can be seen as an anomaly. UW was coming off one of the toughest two-game stretches in the nation, and faced a good ASU team that plays like an elite team at home. This week is key to get the Dawgs back on track.

The Storylines:

1. Can Washington bounce back?

Next week’s bye will be much-needed for the Huskies, but they have one more week before they can rest for a little bit. This week, the Huskies have to put the last three weeks behind them and play like they did when they were healthy, well-rested and not playing some of the best teams in the nation. If so, the second-stringers should see the field plenty in the second half.

2. How broken is Keith Price?

After the Arizona State game, Price insisted that his thumb wasn’t inhibiting his throwing ability whatsoever and if it was, he would take himself out as to not cost his team. Nonetheless, he missed a handful of throws that he normally makes. Steve Sarkisian hasn’t definitively said if Price will start or not, but he’s been indicating as such.

3. Getting the stars involved.

Austin Seferian-Jenkins has been notably absent all season, and Bishop Sankey and Kasen Williams were last game. The Huskies have to work to get their playmakers involved in the offense more this week and the rest of the season. Eventually, the best tight end in the nation has to get his touches. Sarkisian knows this and has mentioned it a couple times.

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