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Huskies stare down tough start to season

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SEATTLE - The Washington Huskies probably won't be taking any time off as the 2007 season approaches.  The purple and gold have a tough non-conference schedule on the horizon.

Washington begins its season with a trip across the country to play Syracuse.  After that, the Huskies play host to 11-ranked Ohio State.  And after that - as if it couldn't get worse - they play No. 24 Boise State, the team many are picking to break the BCS again this year. 

Head coach Tyrone Willingham admits it's going to be difficult, especially with a young quarterback in Jake Locker.  But he's also looking at the schedule in a positive light.

"It is an opportunity to identify yourself as one of the better football teams," he said on Sunday.  "And if I can have every one, like my young quarterback,  thinking the way he thinks - working the way he does - then we'll have a football team that is prepared for that kind of challenge."