Washington vs. Fresno State Game Preview & Fearless Prediction
Check out the Washington vs. Fresno State fearless prediction and game preview.
Washington (2-0) vs. Fresno State (1-1) Game Preview
Broadcast, TV, Game Time
Date: Saturday, Sept. 16th
Game Time: 9:30 pm ET
Venue: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Network: Pac-12 Network
Because getting whacked around by Alabama wasn’t enough, Fresno State gets to go to Washington to do the 2017 Chick-fil-A Bowl double dip.
While everyone will look lousy against the Crimson Tide, the Bulldogs are showing a decent upside early on in the Jeff Tedford era.
After spending time as a consultant at UW, Tedford has started to turn things around right away. The offensive line has been stronger, the defense hasn’t been miserable – except when Jalen Hurts is taking off – and now there’s hope once the Mountain West season starts.
Washington has been a rock defensively after a mediocre first half against Rutgers. There haven’t been many mistakes, the defense isn’t giving up a thing, and the team is looking like it hasn’t lost a beat.
One Reason Why Washington Will Win
The Huskies are forcing turnovers by the bunches. They’re third in the nation in turnover margin with six takeaways, they’ve only given it up once, and the offense has moved at will after – again – a slow start in Piscataway.
Fresno State needs to be deep into the plus side of the turnover margin to win this, and it needs Washington to be sloppy throughout – neither will happen.
The Husky ground game will take over early, with Jake Browning- who hit 22-of-26 throws against Montana – efficient enough to take advantage of several third-and-short situations. After Alabama took off for almost eight yards per carry and 305 rushing yards with three scores on the the Bulldogs, Washington should be able to blast away and do the same.
One Reason Why Fresno State Will Win
It’s time for Chason Virgil to open it up.
The Bulldog starting quarterback needs to be a bit more accurate, and he needs to take more shots downfield, but mostly he needs to be more of a playmaker in the open field. He can run a little bit, but he’s not doing it yet.
Against this D, he has to take a few chances.
The offense needs to catch a few breaks, and the special teams have to rise up and do something special. The Washington punting game has been mediocre, while the Bulldogs have been okay on returns when they get the chance. Now the D has to force Washington to stall.
What’s Going To Happen
It won’t be the wipeout it was in Alabama, but Fresno State will get behind early – the Washington D will come up with a first quarter shutout for the first time with two of the three touchdowns allowed right away – and won’t be able to do much to come back.
The Huskies will grind out the running game that’s been just okay so far, Browning will be terrific, and it’ll be on to Pac-12 play.
Washington vs. Fresno State Prediction
Washington 38, Fresno State 9
Washington -33.5 o/u: 58
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