Nobody's expecting Washington's rejuvenated offense to maintain its production level of the first three games as the Huskies open Pac-12 play Saturday against Arizona in Seattle. Yet the Huskies will come closer to repeating what they've done offensively than Arizona will defensively, that's a guarantee.
Washington's nonconference schedule of Boise State and Idaho State at home and Illinois in Chicago was not overwhelming, as the Huskies have averaged 43 points and 629 total yards, but the degree of difficulty certainly exceeded Arizona's. The Wildcats' warm-up act of Northern Arizona, UNLV and Texas-San Antonio is easily the worst lineup for a Pac-12 school this season and maybe ever, considering NAU's middle-tier status in the Big Sky Conference and the state of those other programs.
So any credit the Wildcats receive for their defensive work, having allowed a total of 26 points through three games, comes with a huge asterisk. They may be better, after giving up 35 points a game last season to rank 104th in the country, but the genuine evidence of that growth will come only at Husky Stadium.