Washington preview capsule:
HEAD COACH: Steve Sarkisian 19-19/3 years at Washington and overall
2011 RECORD: 7-6, 5-4/3rd in Pac-12 North
KEY PLAYERS: QB Keith Price was one of the nation's biggest surprises as a sophomore last season, throwing for 3,063 yards and a school-record 33 touchdowns ... TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, at 6-6, 258 pounds, caught 41 passes as a freshman a year ago ... Freshman S Shaq Thompson, who switched his commitment from Cal to UW, is good enough he could start early.
OUTLOOK: The Huskies showed all their strengths and deficiencies in a 67-56 loss to Baylor in the Alamo Bowl. Coach Steve Sarkisian hopes the defense closes the gap on the offense and UW can continue its ascension in the Pac-12 North. The next step is to challenge Stanford for second place.