He mentioned that Stanford had one of the best front sevens in the Pac-12 and is a threat within the conference for different reasons than in years' past. He was pressed on the matter of whether Stanford was in the minds of the Huskies after besting them last year when UW had a 5-1 record.
"From our program's standpoint it's never been and never really will be about who we are playing," he said. "I don't feel it from a psyche standpoint."
For Washington, who they are playing is a Stanford team that looks well-balanced and capable of making a run at the Pac-12 title. The Huskies will benefit from the return of starting wideout Kevin Smith, who according to Sarkisian should return to action on Saturday.
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