Saturday, October 27, 2012
Pregame from Seattle
By Kevin Gemmell
SEATTLE -- The current conditions don’t exactly lend themselves to a high-scoring affair. It’s cold and rainy at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field -- and depending on whether you wear purple or orange, it’s either a huge advantage of a huge disadvantage.
Oregon State has the far superior passing attack -- especially with the wide receiver duo of Brandin Cooks and Markus Wheaton. How much will that be negated (if at all) by the weather?
The rain has fluctuated between drizzly and fairly steady, so there might be a greater emphasis put on the rushing attack. Washington boasts the stronger run game, but Oregon State has one of the best run defenses in the country. So it’s possible we could see a low-scoring game.
The quarterback play could also intriguing from both teams. The Beavers opted to go with Sean Mannion just three weeks after minor knee surgery. In his stead, Cody Vaz guided the Beavers to a pair of victories. All indications are that Mannion looked sharp in practice this week and there shouldn’t be any rust.
On the Washington side, the Huskies haven’t won since they beat Stanford here one month ago. During the three-game losing skid, quarterback Keith Price has accounted for 10 turnovers. And over that span, the Huskies have produced just 52 points.