Washington Huskies College Football Preview 2021: Keys To The Season
Washington Huskies Biggest Key: Offense
The receiving corps has to come together. It will, and the passing attack will be fine, but it’s the one area on the team that needs the most sprucing – other than needing more pop with the return game.
It’ll be okay, and QB Dylan Morris will have an effective season, but to go from being a Pac-12 title contender to beating Michigan and hoping for something bigger, the receivers have to rise up fast with so many key parts leaving.
Washington was able to throw for over 230 yards in three of the four games, and the downfield plays were there. Now do it again, but with a slew of new and relatively untested parts.
Washington Huskies Biggest Key: Defense
Generate more tackles for loss. It’s nitpicking on a defense that was one of the best in the nation and should be even stronger, but getting a few more plays in the backfield would be a plus.
Start making even more plays behind the line, and the already great defense goes to a whole other level.
Seven of the ten sacks came from Zion Tupuola-Fetui, but other than that – again, nitpicking – he didn’t come up with any other tackles for loss. The team came up with just seven tackles for loss outside of the sacks.
Extrapolate it out over 13 games, and the Huskies would’ve had just 55 tackles for loss after coming up with 71 in 2018.
Washington Huskies Key Player To A Successful Season
WR Terrell Bynum, Sr.
A good veteran, he caught 31 passes for 368 yards and two touchdowns as a sophomore, and last year he made eight catches for 130 yards. Very quick and with good upside, he’s a fine part of a receiving corps – but now he has to be a No. 1.
Washington is loaded everywhere else, but five wide receivers took off including three parts – Ty Jones, Puka Nacua and Marquis Spiker – who would’ve been big deals leaving. The Huskies need a go to target, and Bynum might have to be it.
Washington Huskies Key Game To The 2021 Season
Oregon, Nov. 6
The date at Michigan is the season tone-setter – win that, and Washington becomes a national thing for the rest of the season, There are plenty of other interesting moments, but if this team is as good as it’s supposed to be, it might be 7-1 going into the Pac-12 North showdown against Oregon – or maybe even be 8-0.
Three of the last four games are at home for the Huskies. The Arizona State game to follow the date with the Ducks matters, but there’s probably no way to win the North without coming up with a win here.
2020 Washington Huskies Fun Stats
– 3rd Quarter Scoring: Washington 43 – Opponents 7
– 4th Down Conversions: Washington 5-of-6 (83%) – Opponents 4-of-8 (50%)
– Fumbles: Opponents 6 (lost 5) – Washington 1 (lost 0)