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Dawgs not looking back in Colorado football rematch

Washington running back Myles Gaskin (9) runs against Colorado during the first half of the Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, in Santa Clara, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

By Bill Swartz, KOMO NewsRadio

SEATTLE -- The Pac-12 football title game on Dec. 2 is ancient history and has no bearing on this Saturday’s conference opener between No. 7 Washington and Colorado in the Mile High State.

That’s the company line UW coach Chris Petersen and his players are giving when asked whether there is any value reviewing how they manhandled the Golden Buffalo 41-10 at Levi Stadium in Santa Clara, California nine months ago.

“This is a completely new season, early in the year, completely different energy, rhythms and those type of things. Away we go and start the hard part of our season," said Petersen at his Monday press conference.

The unbeaten Huskies are 10 point favorites against 3-0 CU, which is playing solid defense despite seeing a bushel full of talented players graduate or head to the NFL. Same can be said for Washington’s defense, which lost three starters from the secondary along with dynamic receiver/returner John Ross.

Washington ran at will against Colorado, piling up 265 yards on the ground in that Pac-12 championship contest. Tailback Myles Gaskin plans to look at that tape, but give more credence to CU’s recent victories over Colorado State, Texas State and Northern Colorado.

“I don’t think I’m going to put much into that game (Pac12 championship) because we’re a very different team and I think they’re going to be a very different team as well,” shared Gaskin. “I mean obviously we’re going to watch the film, but different personnel and guys play different even if they’re in the same position.”

CU’s leading tackler is linebacker Drew Lewis, a player who began his college career at Washington, before transferring to a junior college, and eventually wound up in Boulder.

Quarterback Steven Montez completed 29 of 41 passes for 357 yards and 4 TDs against Northern Colorado. The 6-5, 225 pound sophomore is also the second leading rusher on the team.

Tailback Phillip Lindsay is averaging 126 yards rushing per game. The Buffs have an experienced receiving group featuring seniors Bryce Bobo, Shay Fields and Devin Ross.

Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. Pacific time with radio coverage starting at 2 p.m. Saturday on KOMO News AM 1000/ FM 97.7

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