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Washington (9-2) vs. Washington State (9-2) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, November 25th
Game Time: 8:00 pm ET
Venue: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Washington is certainly still trying.
It was dead in the water against Utah, but Jake Browning and company managed to rally back late for a 33-30 win to keep hopes alive of an 11-win season. But there won’t be a shot at the Pac-12 Championship.
The loss to Stanford two weeks ago all but killed the dream of repeating, and then they were over after the Cardinal beat Cal. So now, if Washington wins, Stanford will play USC for the Pac-12 title. If Washington State wins, it’s off to face the Trojans.
The Cougars have had two weeks off after beating both Stanford and Utah, with the win over the Cardinal the difference. Win, and they’re playing in their first Pac-12 Championship.
Win, and this would be the fourth team from the North to play in the championship, with Oregon State and Cal the others who haven’t had a shot.
One Reason Why Washington Will Win
Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush.
When you throw as much as Washington State does, there’s going to be a whole lot of hits on the quarterback. But part of the idea of the attack is to get the ball into the hands of the receivers as quickly as possible. The Cougars, though, have allowed 39 sacks so far.
This isn’t the Washington defense of last year, but it still gets into the backfield, and it’s still disruptive with 33 sacks on the season.
The offense will dominate the time of possession. It has to pound away, has to keep Luke Falk and company off the field. Defensively, it has to generate third down stops by bringing the pressure and trusting the secondary. Coming off a rough game against the sped-up Utah attack, this group should be tuned-up.
One Reason Why Washington State Will Win
Washington State’s defense is rested.
Of course, the offense gets all the headlines, but the defense is fantastic at coming up with third down stops and is phenomenal against efficient and effective passing teams.
Other than the Cal debacle, this isn’t a team that makes a whole slew of mistakes. The D is solid at coming up with key stops, it’s used to playing in tough environments – it had to go to Oregon, Utah, and Arizona – and it’s not going to get rattled against a talented veteran offensive backfield.
And the Cougars can throw a little, too. Washington has dealt with one team that can throw – UCLA – and Josh Rosen got hurt.
Falk will test the Washington secondary like Utah’s Tyler Huntley did last week.
What’s Going To Happen
The two weeks off will be a really, really big deal.
Washington isn’t going to be able to power away on this group, and Jake Browning will have a problem getting into any sort of a groove. The Husky offense will sputter early, Falk will get hot right away to get up to a good lead, and then the Cougars will hang on for dear life.
Browning will go off in the second half to crank out a second-straight comeback … but this time he’ll come up just short.
Washington State will get the late defensive stop it needs on the way to the Pac-12 Championship.
Washington vs. Washington State Prediction
Washington State 34, Washington 30
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