Washington vs. California: Game Preview

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Oct 19, 2013; Berkeley, CA, USA; California Golden Bears quarterback Jared Goff (16) passes the ball against the Oregon State Beavers during the first quarter at Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

3 Keys:

1. Get back to your roots.

Last week, Sankey rushed the ball 13 times for just 22 yards. It was the fewest rushes Sankey has had in a FBS game since Week 2 against LSU last season, when he wasn’t firmly cemented as an elite running back yet. This season, the only games he has carried the ball less than 25 times have been against Idaho State and Arizona State. Sankey needs to have a big game to take the pressure off a beat up Price this week.

2. Make the Bears pay.

It’s almost a given that Cal is going to turn the ball over. No matter whether the Bears start Zach Kline or Jared Goff, they’ll be starting a freshman at quarterback in a hostile environment; that’s a recipe for disaster. A Bears quarterback has thrown at least one interception in every game this season except against Portland State. The Huskies need to turn those turnovers into points.

3. Keep Keith Price upright.

This isn’t so much a key to the game as it is a key to the season. Cyler Miles is very talented, and I believe both he and Troy Williams will eventually be better than Price, but right now, Price is by far the Huskies’ best option to win games. To keep him on the field, he can’t take a beating like he did at ASU.

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