ESPN rolls into Seattle Thursday night for what may be the beginning of the toughest three game stretch for any team in the nation this season. Washington, who went down to LSU just over 2 weeks ago and took it on the chin, plays host to #9 Stanford, a week and a half after their upset of then #2 USC. Sarkisian and the Huskies will look for revenge as Pac-12 conference play begins for them against a Cardinal team that blew them out 65-21 last season in Palo Alto. Unfortunately the road doesn't get any easier for UW over the next few weeks.
Next Saturday night the Huskies will travel Eugene to face #2 Oregon then they come back home to host #13 USC. Three straight weeks against three of the top 13 teams in the country.
To get set for such a difficult stretch, Sark and his staff used the off-week to focus on his team, not Stanford. “I think at the end of the day we want to be 1-0 in Pac-12 play, that's been the goal now for two weeks, a week-and-a-half, and that's the goal Thursday is whatever it is going to take to get to 1-0”. Sarkisian said. “Obviously we have to beat Stanford to make that happen, and so it's not that we have neglected Stanford from a scheme standpoint, but emotionally, mentally, our focus and our attention to detail, to beat Stanford we have to execute and we have to play a brand of football…”
Stanford has had UW’s number since Sarkisian took over as coach in 2009, winning all three matchups while outscoring the Huskies 140-35. Overall against the top three teams in Pac-12 Washington has to deal with the next three weeks, Sarkisian’s Huskies are just 2-7 overall, with both wins coming against USC. Washington will look to Thursday’s primetime affair to right the ship against the Pac-12’s elite as they embark on what may be the most difficult journey of any team this season.