Washington vs Utah : Washington Huskies will face off against the Utah Utes to kick off conference play. Here is everything you need to know before Saturday’s game. After securing a spot in the 2017 College Football Playoff, the Washington Huskies came up short against Auburn in the season opener.
Quarterback Jake Browning had off-season shoulder surgery and has struggled at times, but don’t forget that Browning was the 2016 Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Year and the most efficient quarterback in the Pac-12 last season, a conference that included top-10 picks Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen.
How to watch Washington vs Utah
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
One Reason Why Washington Will Win
Just how good is the Utah offense?
It did what it was supposed to do in the opening win over Weber State, but it sputtered and struggled way too much in the 17-6 win over Northern Illinois. Worst of all, the running game stopped, being held to just 68 yards and under two yards per carry against the Huskies.
The Washington run defense hasn’t quite been a brick wall, but it’s been good enough when it has had to try.
The Utes are struggling to move the chains on third downs, they’re having a nasty time with fumbles – giving away five so far – and even the special teams are having a few mistakes.
Northern Illinois lived in the Ute backfield with 14 tackles for loss and seven sacks. Washington hasn’t done too much to get behind the line so far, but this is the week it starts.
One Reason Why Utah Will Win
This might just be the Tyler Huntley revenge moment.
The Ute quarterback was brilliant in last year’s heartbreaking loss to the Huskies, hitting 70% of his throws for 293 yards and two touchdowns to go along with 48 rushing yards and a score.
He gave UW fits, and he’s been decent so far with the passing attack. At home, he should be able to push the ball down the field a little bit against a secondary that didn’t stall Auburn’s Jarrett Stidham – he had a relatively effective, accurate day.
On the other side of the ball, the Washington offensive line hasn’t been great at keeping guys out of the backfield, too. Auburn’s defensive front was terrific in the win over the Dawgs, and now Utah’s D – currently No. 1 in the nation and with 19 tackles for loss – should be have its moments.
This won’t be the week the Washington offense goes off.
Prediction & Line
Washington 26, Utah 19
Line: Washington -5, o/u: 47
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2