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Saturday, August 17, 2013

CFB Northwest 2013-14 Predictions: Washington Huskies


The Washington Huskies did not live up to the hype and expectations of last year. With a 7-6 record, they were overwhelmingly inconsistent. They won close games over Stanford and Oregon State but were knocked around by Oregon and Arizona. There was also their tremendous collapse against Washington State in the Apple Cup. This year should be a different story. Keith Price, reportedly, has been more focused than ever to lead the Huskies to greatness. Skillful runningback Bishop Sankey will add to the firepower Washington has retained.

Washington Huskies vs Boise State Broncos
The Huskies loss a No. 19 Boise State 28-26 in the MACCO Las Vegas Bowl last year. The Broncos will be ready for the Huskies again looking to duplicate that result. The Broncos still have the lethal passing connection of quarterback Joe Southwick and wide receiver Geraldo Boldewijn. However, this is a big game for the Huskies. They are playing at home in their newly renovated stadium for the first. I expect everyone to be buzzing with excitement throughout the game.
Result: Broncos win 28-24

Washington Huskies (0-1) @ Illinois Fighting Illini
This is not an easy matchup for the Huskies either. The Illini are a very tough group to contend with in the Big Ten Conference. However, the Illini were not that good last year. I expect the Illini to put up a strong first half fight before the Huskies put away and win with a comfortable lead. One reason why the Illini were bad was their offense ranked 99th in rushing and 111th in passing. They could not put up points
Result: Huskies win 35-13

Washington Huskies (1-1) vs Idaho State Bengals
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A simple game against a lower NCAA Division-I school is just what the Huskies need after a tough two games. The Huskies will be ready to take care of business and I expect that is what they will do. I do not expect the Bengals to threaten the Huskies at all. The Huskies should win this one by a massive gap.
Result: Huskies win 49-3

Washington Huskies (2-1) vs Arizona Wildcats
Very interesting Pac-12 opener for the Huskies. The Wildcats will be in the midst of working in their new quarterback (Either Jesse Scroggins, B.J. Denker, Javelle Allen or Nick Isham). It's hard to say where Arizona will be but they will be competitive. The Wildcats still have the NCAA leading rusher from last year Ka'Deem Carey. Washington should able to counter well with Bishop Sankey. Expect this game to be close and entertaining.
Result: Huskies win 31-27

Washington Huskies (3-1) @ Stanford Cardinal
One thing is for certain. The Stanford Cardinal are pissed at the Huskies for beating them last year. This has the making of a very explosive game. However, I do not know if the Huskies's defense is ready for the massive pounding coming their way. Stanford loves to pound it in down the middle. In other words, they like "Big Boy football." I do not know if the Huskies can hold up for four quarters.
Result: Cardinal win 31-21

Washington Huskies (3-2) vs Oregon Ducks
This is a very dangerous game for the Oregon Ducks. Everyone believes the Ducks can win the National Championship as long as they do not slip up. This is a potential slip up game. In the past couple of years, the Huskies have been able to pull of upsets at Husky Stadium or CenturyLink Field (Just ask Stanford and Oregon State last year). Expect this one to be tight. However, the Ducks should assert their dominance in the fourth quarter and pull away
Result: Ducks win 43-34

Washington Huskies (3-3) @ Arizona State Sun Devils
This continues the tough stretch of games for the Huskies. The Sun Devils will be led by Taylor Kelly, who was very impressive in his redshirt freshman campaign. I expect the Sun Devils to be very good and a contender to win the Pac-12 South title. I believe this game is virtually a toss-up. I think there will be some points put up on the board and it will not be settle into the late minutes of the fourth quarter.
Result: Huskies win 31-28

Washington Huskies (4-3) vs California Golden Bears
The Huskies will be back on their home turf once again. They will catch a Golden Bears squad that is undergoing change. New head coach Sonny Dykes will continuing to put his imprint on the Golden Bears program. However, the Huskies have enough talent to the defeat the Golden Bears comfortable. I expect the Huskies' passing game to light up the secondary all game.
Result: Huskies win 35-17


Washington Huskies (5-3) vs Colorado Buffaloes
The Huskies should never be in any danger against the Colorado Buffaloes. The Buffaloes still need to find their footing in the Pac-12 Conference. I expect them to struggle to move the ball due to the lack of highlight and big play threats. Kevin Price should have a field day and lead the Huskies to a blowout win.
Result: Huskies win 45-3

Washington Huskies (6-3) @ UCLA Bruins
This is a very interesting game because the Huskies and Bruins are about the same talent-wise (on paper). UCLA does a better job translating talent to the field. I expect Brett Hundley to be a major factor in this game. UCLA does not have Johnathan Franklin anymore, so the Bruins will be putting a lot of faith and stress on Hundley to produce.
Result: Huskies win 35-31

Washington Huskies (7-3) @ Oregon State Beavers
The defense for the Huskies was overwhelmingly impressive last year against Oregon State. The Beavers' Sean Mannion threw four picks in the game. The Beavers will be ready this year. They will have that disappointing loss well in their minds as they take the field. I expect Oregon State to use runningback Storm Woods and dominate the Huskies defense.
Result: Beavers win 28-20

Washington Huskies (7-4) vs Washington State Cougars
This is a game last year the Huskies would like to forget. They were 31-14 with about a quarter left to play and they blew it. It was titanic collapse. I think this game will be very close throughout. I do not believe there will be a major comeback or anything. Washington State has the talented receiving core of Dominique Williams, Gabe Marks and Brett Bartolone. It will be very difficult for the Huskies to contain all three let alone one. The Cougars are still a young squad. They will have to be ready for one loud stadium. Cougars will keep it interesting but will fall.
Result: Huskies win 34-31

The Huskies, in my opinion, will finish with an 8-4 record. Their schedule is difficult and they are no one of the elite programs talent-wise in the Pac-12. I think 8-4 is a solid record and should get them a spot a bowl game. I think Kasen Williams and tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins will be key contributors to the offense. Bishop Sankey will be among the top rushers in the Pac-12.

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