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SEATTLE -- Chris Petersen is at the front of the pack thats wondering whether Washington is really the No. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Zack-Martin-Jersey/ . 8 team in the country.Talk to me (after) Game 6, and then maybe well have another conversation, Petersen said this week. I didnt even know that until you told me. Thats how important it is to me. Our fans are really important so however we can play good football to inspire them is awesome. But its way too early to be talking about that (rankings) stuff.While Petersen would rather the rankings -- and the expectations that come with them -- would disappear, Washington is again a Top 10 program headed into Saturdays matchup with Idaho.The No. 8 ranking for the Huskies (1-0) is their highest since 2001 when they also reached No. 8 in the polls before losing at Oregon State. And this week marks the first of what is expected to be two glorified scrimmages for the Huskies prior to the start of Pac-12 play. After hosting Idaho, the Huskies play Portland State before opening the conference season at Arizona.That means the ranking isnt likely to change over the next couple of weeks and the hype surrounding the Huskies is only going to grow.Idaho (1-0) is beginning a two-week stretch of playing schools from its neighboring state. The Vandals will make the eight-mile trip to Pullman next week to face Washington State.They have all the ingredients you need to have a good football team, Idaho coach Paul Petrino said. Theyve got fast receivers, good quarterback, good running back, they do a good job up front on the offensive line ... and then defensively theyre good at all three levels.Here are other things to watch as the Vandals and Huskies meet for the first time since 2009:GASKIN GOING: If there was anything disappointing about the Huskies opener, it was the problems Washington had getting the run going. It became a moot point because of how well the rest of the offense played, but the Huskies managed just 91 yards rushing. Myles Gaskin, coming off a 1,302-yard season last year, was limited to 57 yards on 15 carries.Most frustrating for Washington was the inability to get the run going in the third quarter when the Huskies had a 34-3 lead.The 91 yards rushing were the fewest in the previous 10 games and just the fourth time under Petersen that Washington was held under 100 yards.If people are going to load up and bring those safeties downhill and try and stop the run, then hopefully we can throw the ball a little bit over their heads, Petersen said. Its a cat-and-mouse game. But I think we can run the ball better.PICK UP THE PASSING: Idahos Matt Linehan was the most accurate passer in the Sun Belt Conference last season, completing 63 percent of his attempts.You wouldnt know that from the Vandals opener. Linehan was just 8 of 22 passing for 128 yards and an interception against Montana State, well off his average of more than 270 yards per game last season.EXCITING PUNTING: Fans will be watching one of the best punters in the country when Idahos Austin Rehkow is on the field. And given how good Washingtons defense is, Rehkow should have more than a few opportunities to show off his leg. Rehkow is on preseason watch lists for the Ray Guy and Lou Groza awards. He made 23 of 27 field goal attempts last season and averaged 45.7 yards per punt. Rehkow made both of his field goal attempts in the opener against Montana State.He needs to have a great day. Ideally we would like them to have no returns, Petrino said.Last week, Washingtons John Ross returned a kickoff for a touchdown and Dante Pettis returned a punt for a score.VANDAL REUNION: Petersen knows the Idaho program quite well. He was unbeaten in six games against Idaho while coaching at Boise State. But the series ended on a sour note after Boise State moved to the Mountain West. The two schools have not played since 2010.You always enjoy your rivalry games, Petersen said. And certainly when it was at Boise that was a big one. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Cole-Beasley-Jersey/ .com) - The Calgary Flames aim to bounce back from their first regulation home loss of the campaign on Friday night when they host a Detroit Red Wings club that they swept in three meetings a season ago. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Xavier-Woods-Jersey/ . The showiest items on Calgarys lot were forwards Mike Cammalleri and Lee Stempniak. Both will be unrestricted free agents this summer. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Chris-Jones-Jersey/ . Then the Pacers gave Oladipo and his Orlando teammates the cold shoulder. Paul Georges buzzer-beating 3-pointer at the end of the third quarter spurred a 21-4 run, finally sending Indiana past the Magic 97-87 in a tougher-than-expected opening night matchup. Our experts weigh in on four of the biggest questions in NASCAR as the Sprint Cup Series gears up for the final event Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway:Turn 1:?Four drivers, one race for the championship. Who raises the Sprint Cup trophy?Ricky Craven, ESPN NASCAR analyst: This is a very balanced championship race, with no clear favorite, not a long shot among the four. All things being equal, no flat tires, mechanical issues, etc. It becomes a door-to-door battle between Joey Logano and Jimmie Johnson. Im favoring experience! Johnson wins his seventh title.Ryan McGee, ESPN.com: I would love to see some history made. I was there the day Dale Earnhardt won his seventh Cup and I would love to be there to see Johnson win his seventh. I think they will regret letting Kyle Busch sneak into this thing. His been-there/done-that factor is fresh after last year and Ive always said that this format was made for him. So, Kyle it is.John Oreovicz, ESPN.com: \Logano. Hes the youngest driver to make the Chase final under the elimination format and its his second crack at the title. Hes in position to become the youngest Cup champion since Jeff Gordon more than 20 years ago and it would be the perfect way to cap the celebration of Roger Penskes 50-year anniversary as a team owner.Bob Pockrass, ESPN.com: I picked Carl Edwards to start the Chase. At the time, it seemed that the combined experience of Edwards and crew chief Dave Rogers along with the strength of Toyota would allow them to prevail. While they didnt show it for much of the Chase, they showed it at Texas, and that is good enough for me to stick with the pick.Turn 2: Should the championship race rotate among tracks?Craven: Weather is too important of a factor, so considering the time of year, Miami makes a lot of sense. Las Vegas could be an option, perhaps Phoenix -- but where else could we go and be confident the climate would accommodate a mid-November championship race? I like the season beginning and ending in Florida.McGee: Nope. I love this setting and I think this track is the perfect 1.5-mile representative of the bread-and-butter of the season. The title finishes weve had at Homestead-Miami have been pretty amazing. If theyre going to rotate races, rotate the All-Star Race.Oreovicz: No. Homestead is unique among intermediate ovals and its a racy enough track to make it an interesting venue for the finale. Miami is also a popular place for northern fans to soak up one last weekend of sunshine before the winter sets in.Pockrass: It doesnt have to rotate among tracks. Homestead-Miami Speedway is a great track as far as racing goes with the current package and progressive banking. A driver makes a difference. How many places could play host to a race this time of year that could say that? And please donnt say Daytona. http://www.cowboysrookieproshop.com/Cowboys-Randy-White-Jersey/. .Turn 3: How should Johnson celebrate if he earns his seventh championship?Craven: He should take his entire family, closest friends, and all of Hendrick Motorsports to Disney World (geographically convenient).?McGee: By taking pictures in Victory Lane while wearing a Richard Petty cowboy hat and a pair of Dale Earnhardt Gargoyles.Oreovicz: First by paying respects to Richard Petty and Dale Earnhardt. Then he can unveil the hashtag or social media campaign that will accompany his run for eight. #H8ters #8for48.Pockrass: A seven-mile run with a shot of tequila at each mile mark. And with all his team with him. On Facebook Live so we could see which ones make it.Turn 4:?NASCAR chairman Brian France is going to give a state of the sport talk on Sunday. What should he say?Craven: What have been ?our greatest gains made in the last year? I would like to hear what Brian believes are our greatest headwinds. I would like to know ?if there is a vision of our sport competing in Mexico and Canada (one race each?) in the near future. His view on the impact Tony Stewart has had on our sport, who among our young drivers is best suited to fill the void Stewart and Jeff Gordon leave? What are we doing as an industry to appeal to younger consumers, how are we innovating to become the most entertaining option for people spending their entertainment dollars?McGee: He should be honest. Throwing 100 percent sunshine around the room will come off as totally phony. Im not one who thinks that the sport is this doomed sinking ship that can never be saved. But the numbers are what they are and the lack of a title sponsor is what it is. Just be honest about those things and if theyve been a source of stress and concern, say that. ISC shareholders will probably wince for a few minutes, but 45 minutes of being straightforward -- or at the very least, not dodgy -- would go miles and miles with both the fan base and the people who make their living in the garage.Oreovicz: Id like to hear a more realistic outlook than the one he recently shared with Inc.com. NASCAR has some serious problems, including declining attendance, sponsorship revenue and television ratings, but in that interview, France came across as oblivious or ignorant of NASCARs basic issues. Acknowledging that all is not perfect would be a good start.Pockrass: The TV ratings and attendance are not where NASCAR would like them to be, and NASCAR is aware that those hurt teams the most in their quest for sponsorship, which remains the backbone of their revenue stream. So NASCAR will look at ways to increase team sponsor value, even if it is at a cost to NASCAR itself. 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