Being in college I am used to Keys referring to something entirely different than what I am about to talk about. Being in college has also limited my ability to post as often as I would have liked the last few weeks and for that I apologize. But the point here is that Sark and company have a rather large bowl game tonight (6PM ESPN) against Baylor and Heisman trophy-winning QB, Robert Griffin III. The Dawgs have their hands full no doubt, but I’ve watched Bill Krueger diagnose a winning formula on ROOT Sports telecasts with his keys to Mariner games enough times to come up with one for the Huskies. Here we go…
1. Execute on Offense
Anyone with an ounce of optimism about the Alamo Bowl will have told you that Baylor is one of the few teams in the nation with a defense that is actually worse than the one Nick Holt put together this season at Washington. And therefore, that UW would be able to score enough points to hang with Baylor’s potent offense. That is certainly true but in order for that to happen UW has to truly take advantage of Baylor’s porous defense. Keith Price has to orchestrate this offense at its highest level and not just expect a Baylor defense, that has had a month to prepare, to lay down and let Washington get the ball down-field.
2. Run, run, run
There is no stopping a team that can get 5 yards every time they hand the ball off. UW may be burning the midnight oil with Chris Polk as this could be the last time you see him sporting Purple and Gold with a big decision for the NFL Draft looming. We all know Polk is a monster deserving of a classic nickname (which never happened during his career, and anyone that tells you “Polkswagen” was a good one is a fraud). But if he can carve up this Baylor D and keep the ball out of RG3′s gloved hands, UW will be in business. If UW is shy to give him the 30 carries he can handle and should get in this game, it could be a different story. A sub key to this would be to hang in the ballgame early so that the running game isn’t abandoned in favor of a catch up pass attack.