Saturday's 2 p.m. kickoff likely to start on Pac-12 Network's regional channel.
UW GAME DAY
No. 8 Huskies (1-0) vs. Idaho (1-0)
2 p.m. Saturday at Husky Stadium
TV: Pac-12 Network. Radio: KOMO-AM 1000/FM-97.7
Latest line: Huskies are favored by 37.5 points.
UW key players
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QB Jake Browning: 287 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT last week
WR John Ross III: 5 catches, 90 yards, 2 TDs plus kick-return TD.
LB Keishawn Bierria: 12 tackles (11 solo), 1 FF last week
CB Kevin King: 7 tackles, 2 TFL
Idaho key players
QB Matt Linehan: 8 for 22, 128 yards, 1 INT vs. Montana State
RB Aaron Duckworth: 14 carries, 108 yards, 2 TDs
LB Tony Lashley: 9 tackles, 3 TFL, 1 sack
S Russell Siavii: 5 tackles, 1 INT
Running it up: About the only aspect of the Huskies’ 48-13 victory over Rutgers that didn’t going so well was the running game. Sophomore Myles Gaskin had 57 yards on 15 carries, not the kind of numbers we came to expect after his second-half breakthrough last season. But it’s not a huge concern, either, particularly when considering that Rutgers loaded the box in an attempt to slow him. That said, UW will certainly expect to establish a better rhythm in the run game going forward.
Kicking themselves: Rutgers tested John Ross III one time last week — and he wound up returning that kickoff 92 yards for a touchdown. Does Idaho dare kick it to him? Would you? Idaho could be tempted. It has one of the more versatile legs in the country in Austin Rehkow, who was on the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy (best punter) and Lou Groza (best kicker) awards.
Familiar figures: One of Idaho’s starting defensive linemen is Auburn High School product Kevin Shelton, younger brother of former UW All-American Danny Shelton. Idaho’s quarterback, Matt Linehan, is the son of Scott Linehan, a UW’s assistant coach from 1994-98 and the current offensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys.
TV coverage: The UW-Idaho game is the second of four games set to air on the Pac-2 Network’s national channel (locally, that’s Comcast HD 628). There’s a good chance the day’s first game, an 11 a.m. kickoff between USC-Utah State, will run past UW’s 2 p.m. start — which means the start of the Husky game will air locally on the Pac-12’s Network’s regional Washington channel (431 locally).