With a debatable replay call, suspicious injuries, and a mere three point difference in the final score, it is only natural to assume that the No. 16 Washington Huskies (4-1) are dwelling on their loss to the No. 5 Stanford Cardinal (5-0) on Saturday.
The Huskies have no time to focus on the 31-28 loss to the Cardinal with No. 2 Oregon next on their schedule.
“It’s such a drastic change in philosophy when you go from a Stanford to an Oregon, we don’t have too long to dwell on Stanford and that ball game,” Washington coach Steve Sarkisian said. “We have to learn from it, but we have to get ready for a completely different style in Oregon this week.”
The Huskies’ close loss proves that Washington is ready to play on a national stage and can hold their own against a top team.
Though Stanford held control most of the game, the Huskies put up a hell of a fight. In fact, Washington cut the lead to three points four different times during the game.
Special teams woes for Washington greatly contributed to their loss but quarterback Keith Price kept them in the game. Price threw for 350 yards and two touchdowns. He appeared to injure his thumb but was actively participating in practice on Monday.
Price’s healthy thumb should illicit a sigh of relief from the Huskies. Washington needs their entire roster healthy and fully functional for their matchup against Oregon this weekend.
The Oregon Ducks will travel to Seattle to face Washington, a program that has won 58 of the 105 meetings between the two longtime rivals.
The Huskies will face challenges in the defensive backfield with Oregon’s Ifo Ekpre-Olomu, Terrance Mitchell and Dior Mathis patrolling it. Furthermore, Oregon has arguably one of the best overall offenses in college football, averaging 59.2 points per game.
Undoubtedly, the Huskies must completely focus on Oregon. Do not rely on rankings, however, neither team is likely to back down.