Saturday night the No.15 Washington Huskies travel to take on the No.5 Stanford Cardinal. If the Huskies are going to pull off the upset, they are going to need exceptional quarterback play from senior gunslinger Keith Price.
Price has the Huskies at 4-0 this season and has played the best football of his career. For 2013, he has 1,044 yards passing, nine touchdowns and only two interceptions with a QBR of 81.2.
Last year the Huskies upset then No. 8 Stanford at home in one of the best games of the season. The Cardinal are seeking revenge while the Huskies are looking to make it two in a row over their Pac-12 rival.
The Huskies have yet to play a ranked opponent this year while Stanford beat No. 23 Arizona State in their only real test of the season. If Price is going to pull the upset again, he is going to need to throw for 350 yards, three touchdowns and zero interceptions.
Price has all the physical tools to be an elite college quarterback and he has proven that this year. In his past two games he has thrown for 324 and 342 yards, respectively, with a combined four touchdowns and one interception.
The Cardinal defense will be the best that Price will face all season and head coach and quarterback guru Steve Sarkisian will have to develop a game plan in which Price can thrive. Look for the Huskies to utilize the read-option and let Price move the pocket allowing him to step up and deliver the ball to his playmaking wide receivers.
The Huskies will need huge games from wide receivers Kevin Smith and Kasen Williams. Smith and Williams have been the favorite targets for Price this season catching 15 and 16 catches apiece. Look for both wide outs to be instrumental in the Huskies’ game plan on Saturday.
Price matches up particularly well against the Cardinal defense. The Huskies' pro-style offense will cause trouble for a Cardinal defense who has given up over 300 yards passing in three-out-of-four games this season. Washington will come up firing in the first half, but expect Stanford to adjust at halftime and slow down the Huskies in the second half.
A win for the Huskies would solidify them as one of the best teams in a very tough Pac-12 conference. Washington will ride the momentum from last year's win over the Cardinal and give Price all the confidence he needs to upset Stanford again. Look for Price to have a huge game and give his team a chance to win late.