SEATTLE — University of Washington coach Steve Sarkisian kept saying it.
“This is the same as any other week,” Sarkisian said.
He said it Monday. Then again Wednesday.
Sarkisian then talked about “embracing the process” Thursday.
That’s because the 17th-ranked Huskies host Football Championship Subdivision member and expected blowout participant Idaho State (2-0) at Husky Stadium for a noon kickoff Saturday.
There is no renovated stadium to open or road complications to figure out. There is just a massive betting line that has Washington as 53-point favorites and disgruntled alumni who wonder why the Huskies play FCS teams in the first place.
For Sarkisian, the Bengals are the next opponent. He wants the Huskies to be the inhabiters of the same mundane yet crucial pursuit of consistency.
The each-week-is-the-same mantra is one of many things Sarkisian said that can be heard in Renton. Seahawks coach Pete Carroll calls each week a “championship week” and has hammered that theme this week as the Seahawks prepare to host the hapless Jacksonville Jaguars.
If things go as planned and predicted, Washington should be in a place to use Saturday’s game for firsts and fixing.
Preseason All-America tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins had a quiet debut versus Illinois with three catches for 8 yards. He said he was becoming fatigued in the third quarter. He also said he’s unconcerned with his pass-catching totals.
“We were running the ball great with Bishop (Sankey),” Seferian-Jenkins said. “I think we that we should have just kept doing what we were doing. If that means whatever yards or catches I have, I personally don’t care. If Bishop goes for 300 (yards), that’s great.”
Still, the Huskies would like to work Seferian-Jenkins in more.
They would also like a chance to get backup quarterback Cyler Miles going, should its lead be expansive.
Miles, a redshirt freshman, has played one series this season. He has yet to attempt a pass.
After a strong fall camp, he moved past fellow redshirt freshman Jeff Lindquist to take clear possession of the No. 2 position. That got him onto the field against Boise State in the opener.
“I was very anxious for some game action, and it felt great,” Miles said. “Obviously, the game was over, but it was cool and I was blessed to be out there.”
Miles ran an offense that huddled up in high school. He said he enjoys UW’s up-tempo approach.
“I kind of like going fast tempo, adjusting on the run,” Miles said. “I like working with bullets flying around me, a lot of hectic energy. I like working in that environment because I just calm myself and it’s a cool way for me to play.”
The Huskies are hoping running back Dwayne Washington is able to calm himself and find some positives Saturday. His two fumbles on two touches at Illinois sent him to the bench.
UW is aiming for all of this to happen against pass-happy Idaho State. The Bengals run an up-tempo, pass-first offense that has produced 69 points in two games.
IDAHO STATE (2-0) AT NO. 17 WASHINGTON (2-0)
Noon, Husky Stadium, Seattle
TV: Pac-12 Network. Radio: 950-AM, 850-AM.
The series: First meeting.
What to watch: How Washington handles itself as an enormous favorite. The Huskies are favored by 53 points against the Bengals, who play in the Football Championship Subdivision. Washington also has its highest ranking since Steve Sarkisian took over the program in 2009. The Bengals will throw a lot, giving Washington’s lighter personnel the majority of the work.
What’s at stake: The Huskies have everything to lose. The main goals are to win by four touchdowns, come out healthy and give work to the backups.
The pick: Washington, 52-14.
No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Year
18 Justin Arias, QB, 6-1, 210, Jr.
Averaging 434 passing yards per game and completing 66.3 percent of his passes.
5 Cameron Richmond, WR, 6-1, 175, Sr.
Arias’ top target is Richmond, who averages 150.5 receiving yards per game.
37 Brendon Garcia, K, 5-11, 150, Sr.
Garcia can boom it. He’s 7-for-7 this season on field goals with a long of 50 yards.
No. Name, Pos., Ht., Wt., Year
12 Dwayne Washington, RB, 6-1, 220, Fr.
Two touches and two fumbles for Washington last week. He’ll get every opportunity to get back on the horse.
88 Austin Seferian-Jenkins, TE, 6-6, 276, Jr.
After a quiet debut last week (three catches, 8 yards), Seferian-Jenkins should be targeted.
18 Greg Ducre, CB, 5-10, 178, Sr.
Had an interesting game against Illinois. Was beaten deep for a touchdown but came up with an interception to seal win.