Washington at BYU
Washington and standout QB Jake Locker go on the road in Week 1 to face an active, aggressive BYU defense.
Washington offense vs. BYU defense
• RB Chris Polk is a shifty downhill runner with good size and above-average top-end speed, but changes up front lead to concern about whether the offensive line can control the line of scrimmage. BYU defensive coordinator Jamie Hill's active base 3-4 scheme will challenge the discipline and cohesiveness of the Huskies' blockers. Hill can slant the three down linemen in one direction and shoot the vacated gaps with linebackers, and he can also shift the defensive linemen over and walk up a linebacker on the outside to effectively give the Cougars a four-man front. Washington is capable of matching up from a physical standpoint but its ability to locate and cover up assignments is a concern, especially when BYU slants at the snap of the ball.