Aug 31, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price (17) celebrates with Washington Huskies running back Bishop Sankey (25) after Sankey ran the ball in for a touchdown against the Boise State Broncos during the 2nd half at Husky Stadium. Washington defeated Boise State 38-6. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Football: Previewing Washington’s Offense

If you’re an Illini fan, it’s the game that you’ve most likely been waiting for all offseason. What game is that? The Chicago Homecoming game against the #19 Washington Huskies at Soldier Field.

Everyone thought that the Cincinnati offense was going to be the Illini’s first real test this season, but it looks like that honor will go to the ranked Washington Huskies.

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When it comes to the Huskies’ offense, the two most important players are quarterback Keith Price and running back Bishop Sankey.

One thing Illinois has done well in their first two games of 2013 is getting out to big leads which forces their foes to throw the ball instead of run. That could be a different story against Washington this week.

Even if the Illini jump out to a sizable lead on Saturday, expect the Huskies to continue handing the ball off to Bishop Sankey. In their last game against Boise State, Sankey ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns. He also averaged 6.4 yards per carry which is about two more yards per carry than the backs that the Illini have seen.

Although, the Illini defense will also need to look out for quarterback Keith Price. Price is also coming off of a nice game against Boise State in which he threw for over 300 yards and two touchdowns.

These two players will try from the opening kickoff to work in perfect harmony in order to tear the Illini defense apart.

Illinois has had experience this season with a quarterback who can make plays in Cincinnati’s Munchie Legaux, but they have not really faced off against a Heisman candidate running back.

Expect defensive minded Tim Beckman to work hard with his defense this week and to prepare them for what they will see in this game.

All the defense will need to do is limit the Washington run game early while Scheelhaase and company get going, then force the Huskies into throwing the football instead of running with it.

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