The Washington Huskies have an intriguing schedule of games for the 2014 season. It is a schedule that should be very conducive to getting off to a fast start and have several games worthy of being must-see television this season. Now, here is a look at five must-see games that Washington fans will not want to miss this fall.
1. October 18 at Oregon: This will be a very uphill challenge for the Washington offense as this would be the most hostile environment that Cyler Miles has ever faced. But, the equalizing factor is the experienced defense to contain Marcus Mariota and the Duck offense to less than 40 points. Washington will have a chance to win late but it will be a very difficult contest.
2. September 27 vs. Stanford: The physicality of Stanford will turn this huge conference showdown into a big time street fight. However, with increased focus on special teams play and a defense that knows it can contain Kevin Hogan this will be a tremendous opportunity for Washington to win at home.
3. November 8 vs. UCLA: The Bruins are loaded talent wise with quarterback Brett Hundley and linebacker Myles Jack among many others. There is a segment of the Husky fan base that is an interesting obsession with Jim Mora and seem to think that he is the only coach that would ever be able to bring Washington back to prominence.
The Seattle media will be all over this storyline of Mora returning to coach at Husky Stadium. But, look for a Husky team that will be more than ready to go for this matchup with the Bruins
4. November 15 at Arizona: Trips to the desert have been unkind to Washington for a very long time. Rich Rodriguez in a spot like this in November last season pulled the upset over Oregon. Thus, this game will be a must see game because it will be a late season litmus test for the Husky staff to have the team focused and ready to play after an emotional game the week prior with UCLA.
5. October 25 vs. Arizona State: Its one thing to lose to the Ducks for a decade. Butone thing that has compounded losses to Oregon and that is the obligatory forget to show up the week against the next opponent. Last year, Washington was nowhere to be found down in Tempe after losing at home to the Ducks in a 53-16 loss to the Sun Devils. With Taylor Kelly pulling the trigger at quarterback this should be a wild west type of shootout at Husky Stadium.
These five games will dictate the overall direction of the season for the Huskies. If they can win at least three of these games they will be in position to win ten games in 2014.