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The Washington Huskies are 1-0 for the first time since 2001 after beating San Jose State 35-29 on Saturday. Washington, like UAB, is a run happy team. They rushed the ball 41 times against the Spartans for 300 yards.

Louis Rankin led the Huskies attack averaging 14.5 yards over ten carries for 145 yards and two touchdowns. However, Rankin isn't the starting tailback - Kenny James is. James carried the ball 14 times for 52 yards with one score.
The biggest threat for the Huskies on offense is their quarterback Isaiah Stanback (above). He completed 64% of his passes for 169 yards with one touchdown and one interception. Most of his passes were high percentage short passes which may help the Sooner defense if the Huskies choose not to go long in their passing attack.

Not only can Stanback hurt you with his arm he is also a dangerous runner. Stanbeck ran for 99 yards and a touchdown against San Jose State.

Keep in mind that this Washington "offensive explosion" happened against San Jose Sate. Not necessarily known as a defensive juggernaut. While the Huskies will be better offensively than UAB was they will not be as good as the Blazers were on defense.

The Huskies held San Jose State to just 59 yards rushing but the Spartans second team quarterback Adam Tafralis passed for 326 yards and three touchdowns with an 80% completion rate. I would expect Washington to follow the UAB model of defense by trying to contain Adrian Peterson and forcing Paul Thompson to beat them.

The Huskies will get a healthy dose of Adrian Peterson Saturday afternoon but if their secondary doesn't improve any the Oklahoma receivers could be household names by Saturday night.

We'll be keeping up with the U-Dub Dish this week as well to see what their insights are on the game as well.