Washington at Stanford: What the Huskies Can Do to Slow Down Andrew Luck

James BrownSenior Analyst IOctober 22, 2011

STANFORD, CA - OCTOBER 08:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Colorado Buffaloes at Stanford Stadium on October 8, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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On Saturday when the Washington Huskies take on the Stanford Cardinal they will attempt to do something that no other team in the country has been able to do.

Stop Andrew Luck.

This is no easy task and it is something that the Huskies will have to do if they have any chance of staying in this game. The Huskies are 20 point underdogs coming into this game, so not too many people outside Washington believe they have a shot.

The Huskies will not be a push over for this Stanford squad. They have revenge from a previous meeting and are ranked in the top 25 for the first time in two seasons. Their goal will be to try and contain Luck, since stopping him seems utterly impossible.

Luck is a shoe-in as the No. 1 draft pick in the NFL and is deadly accurate. The first goal for the defense should be showing Luck different looks and adjusting well to adjustments. Washington coach Steve Sarkisian will look to apply pressure and keep his team in the contest until the fourth quarter.

The offense of the Huskies may also play a pivotal role. One way to slow down Luck is to keep the ball away from him. If Luck is on the sidelines he won’t be able to torch the defense for big numbers and even bigger points.

Sophomore quarterback Keith Price is one of the top quarterbacks in the country in touchdown passes and he has been overshadowed by other great quarterbacks in the country, including Luck. If he can control the offense by navigating the defense and controlling the clock, the Huskies may not only slow down Luck, they may beat him.

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