UW Huskies Vs. LSU Tigers

When the team you’ve assume the reins of is coming off an historically crappy zero-win season, there’s really nowhere to go but up. That said, don’t think fans of the traditionally sterling (but awful of late) UW Huskies program will be satisfied with a mere mild improvement from Pete Carroll disciple Steve Sarkisian’s squad. Starting quarterback/homegrown messiah Jake Locker, who lost most of last season to injury, is an upperclassman now—youth is no longer an excuse. Too bad, because the Dawgs may need a good one after a stiff home (and season) opener against the perennially awesome Louisiana State University Tigers, a consensus Top 10 pick in preseason polls. For Locker and Coach Sark, this tilt is high-risk/high-reward. Get beat 49-10—which could happen—and the perceived “cultural change” in the program will look like little more than window dressing. Come within a touchdown or pull off an upset, however, and the new era will look instantly golden. MIKE SEELY

Sat., Sept. 5, 7:30 p.m., 2009

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