Huskies, Cardinal In Saturday Showdown

Washington (5-1) at Stanford (6-0)
Stanford, Calif.
5:00 p.m. PT on ABC

Stanford players to watch:

Chris Owusu, WR (Senior)
Leads the Cardinal in receptions with 25 and has 2 TDs. Very good size and a soft pair of hands. Also a dangerous return man, this speedster can make a big play at any given time.

Jonathan Martin, OT (Senior)
The long-limbed and athletic tackle will be a high Draft pick. Can be dominant as a pass protector and also gets movement in the run blocking game.

David DeCastro, OG (Senior)
The productive and gritty OG has been mentioned on several All-American squads. Has the combination of size to go with a nasty disposition. Big, smart and tough linemen play for a long time at the next level.

Chase Thomas, OLB (Senior)
The intense Sam LB can rush the passer as he leads Stanford with 5.5 sacks and 7.5 TFL's so far. This guy is all over the field and makes his presence felt in every game.

Michael Thomas, FS (Senior)
Along with Delano Howell, forms one of the best safety combos in the nation. Has excellent ball-react skill and is a big reason why the Cardinal defense is on top of the Pac-12.

Washington players to watch:

Alameda Ta'amu, DT (Senior)
This 340-pounder might not show up on the stat sheet but is on every NFL scout's radar. This is a powerful man who clogs up the middle of the line, making it difficult for opponents to run inside on the Huskies.

Cort Dennison, LB (Senior)
Leads the defense with 50 tackles. He is a downhill linebacker who is fast and aggressive flowing to the ball and possesses the natural instincts needed to make plays consistently.

Sean Parker, SS (Sophomore)
Another talented young player on the Husky squad. Strong, physical tackler who leads the back end of the defense with 41 stops. One of the better open field tacklers in the Pac-12.

Jermaine Kearse, WR (Senior)
With 6 TDs on only 23 catches, Kearse remains the Huskies' big play threat. He is one of my favorite players and reminds me some of the Steelers' Hines Ward in the way he competes. They are spreading the ball around more this season so his numbers are down a bit from 2010, but this is as solid an NFL prospect as there is in the Pac-12.

Chris Polk, RB (Junior)
Leads the team in rushing with 728 yards and 5 TDs overall. Runs with both power and finesse and shows the ability to get the tough yards inside. The best pure RB the Huskies have had in 6 or 7 years.

Game Analysis

Stanford comes into the game with one of the best all-around teams in the nation and is a legitimate national title contender. Led by all-world QB Andrew Luck, the Cardinal can put points on the board in a hurry and their 34 point margin of victory average is impressive. The defense, led by LB Chase Thomas, is active and can put consistent pressure on the opposition. The secondary is fast and athletic. There is a reason why they have the nation's longest winning streak at 14 games.

The Huskies come into the game with their best start since 2001 and are led by QB Keith Price, who can make big plays with both his arm and feet. Coach Steve Sarkisian has upgraded the talent each and every year and it's looking like the Huskies are becoming a very good team, which is great for the Pac-12 Conference. With the meat of their schedule coming up, the Huskies will have to bring their "A" game to the Bay Area if they want to pull off the upset. They will have to score early and hope for a couple of turnovers to slow down the red hot Cardinal. Washington can score points on anyone but to go toe to toe with Andrew Luck is not an easy task. Stanford is very well balanced and talented on both sides of the ball, making them very difficult to beat.

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