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Washington vs Colorado: Huskies visit young, struggling Buffaloes

SB Nation's bloggers look at the keys to Saturday's clash between the No. 25 Washington Huskies and the 1-9 Colorado Buffaloes.


The Washington Huskies finish the regular season with a pair of road games, beginning with a trip to face the Colorado Buffaloes this afternoon. The No. 25 Huskies are 6-4 on the season and have won their last three games.

Colorado enters Saturday's game 1-9 on the season with its lone victory coming over Washington St. in Pac-12 play.

In preparation for Saturday's contest, SB Nation's Washington blog, UW Dawg Pound, previewed the trip to Colorado. The Buffaloes' offense has struggled mightily, and much of it has been about inexperience. As Ryan Priest writes:

Of the 44 players on the offense and defense's two-deep, an astounding 17 are redshirt or true freshman, and another 12 are sophomores. This is simply a team that needs to grow up and become adults before they can compete in a talented conference like the Pac-12, and the biggest question for coach Jon Embree is whether or not the administration will have the patience to give him the time he needs to attempt a turnaround of this once-proud program.

On the other side, SB Nation's Colorado blog, The Ralphie Report, wrote about the need for Colorado's defense to put pressure on Washington quarterback Keith Price. As Jon Woods wrote:

Now we know that the Buffs defense is going to have to play significantly better than they did last week in order for Colorado to have any chance to steal this game. But most importantly, the pass rush can not allow Price to get comfortable in the pocket. Whether the sack total is high or not, Price should feel the pass rush coming every single play.

The game is being televised on FX with the early kickoff scheduled for 10:30 a.m. PT.