The Washington Huskies will look to stay in the rankings as they face the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on the road as Chris Petersen makes his Washington coaching debut.
No. 25 Washington will travel to Hawaii to face the Rainbow Warriors in their season opener. Their starting quarterback will be Jeff Lindquist, who does not have a hold on the job since he is only filling in for Cyler Miles, who has been suspended for the opener.
Miles was expected to win the starting job, but Lindquist may be able to keep it if he impresses enough. Head coach Chris Petersen will be coaching in his first game with the Huskies after leaving Boise State.
The Huskies offense will experience growing pains with quarterback Keith Price, tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins and running back Bishop Sankey gone, but Petersen has a proven track record as a winner while making Boise State a BCS program.
Wide receiver Jaydon Mickens will return after having 65 catches last season, and all five starters on the offensive line are coming back. On defense, Hau’oli Kahuka returns after impressing last season with 13 sacks.
The Rainbow Warriors will have Ikaika Woolsey starting at quarterback after Sean Schroeder departed. Woolsey has limited experience and still has yet to throw a touchdown in a Hawaii uniform.
The entire team will also need to improve from a 1-11 record, but they should be able to with 16 starters returning.