Washington Huskies College Football Preview 2021: What Will Happen, Season Prediction
Oregon, Oregon, Oregon.
Oregon is getting all the big recruits. Oregon is the defending two-time Pac-12 champion. Oregon is going to be in the hunt for a College Football Playoff. Oregon is going to be the next Pac-12 superpower.
Washington might have something to say about that, at least for 2021.
Oregon is absolutely putting together something special, but Washington won the 2016 and 2018 Pac-12 Championships, played in the 2017 Fiesta Bowl, and it was in the College Football Playoff five years ago.
The program is still right there when it comes to possibly winning big things.
The 8-5 2019 run might have taken some of the bloom off the rose, but the torch was passed to Jimmy Lake, he and his staff put together a solid 3-1 season in the global pandemic year, and now it’s time to take off and be right there with the Ducks as one of the stars of the Pac-12.
Set The Washington Huskies Regular Season Win Total At … 9.5
To slow the roll just a wee bit, yeah, Washington would’ve played for the Pac-12 title last year if it was able to, but it didn’t play Oregon, didn’t play USC, and beating Oregon State and Arizona was no big whoop. There was one decent home win over Utah and one home loss to Stanford.
However, it was a nice four game up-to-speed run for Lake and his staff. Now, the team is loaded, the schedule is manageable, and there’s no reason not to expect something massive.
The offensive line should be among the best in college football, the defensive front sixish-to-seven – there’s going to be plenty of playing around with the alignment – will be a killer, and 2020 set the style of play that this group can handle.
There’s no USC or Utah on the slate – that’s a huge plus – and the two nastiest Pac-12 games against Oregon and Arizona State are at home.
There’s a national spotlight date at Michigan, and there’s going to be a misfire somewhere along the way against maybe Colorado, or Stanford (again), but again, set the expectations high.
This isn’t Oregon’s league quite yet.