Washington vs. Utah fearless prediction and game preview.
Date: Saturday, September 15
Game Time: 10:00 ET
Venue: Rice-Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
Washington (1-1) vs. Utah (2-0) Game Preview
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.
What’s Going To Happen
Washington is 10-1 in the all-time series, with the one loss coming in 2015. It’s going to be a battle to get that 11th win.
The defense will do a better job of containing Huntley than it did last season, but it’ll still have a few rough spots. Washington will do a decent job of controlling the clock with a short-range passing game, and getting just enough from RB Myles Gaskin to keep the Utes from pinning their ears back.
It’s not going to be quite the thriller of 2017, but the two defenses will take center stage.The two offenses will get frustrated right up until Jake Browning takes over early in the fourth quarter. The Huskies will need a few late defensive stops, but they’ll get out alive.
Fearless Prediction & Line
Washington 26, Utah 19
Line: Washington -5, o/u: 47
ATS Confidence out of 5: 2
Must See Rating: 4
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