A tough loss to Stanford last week, proved that the Washington Huskies are a one-dimensional offense. While perhaps the most talented team in the Pac-12, the Huskies are no longer in control of their own destiny. With Stanford, WSU, and UW in a 3 way tie for the Pac-12 North, Washington will have to win out and get a bit of luck–with a Stanford loss. To begin the task of winning out, UW will host the Utah Utes this Saturday night.
Utah has had a miserable season so far going 5-5 with all 5 losses in conference. Utah has been in most of their games, but turnovers have been a killer. In a 33-25 loss to Washington State, the Utes committed 7 turnovers that was converted into 23 points by the Cougars.
When UW is on Defense
Utes QB, Tyler Huntley was intercepted 3 times last week. His performances tend to be uneven as just a week before he threw for 4 touchdowns against UCLA. On the year, Huntley has passed for 1,953 yards with 13 TDs and 9 interceptions.
Huntley will be facing the #3 ranked pass defense in Washington. Allowing just 155.9 yards in the air per game, the Huskies have been indomitable. The Dawgs have lost senior linebacker Azeem Victor however. The future NFL prospect and preseason All-American was arrested for a DUI and has been since suspended by coach Petersen indefinitely.
When UW is on Offense
Utah is not very strong on run defense, ranking 45th in the nation, allowing 143.1 yards per game. Utah has relied on their two talented linebackers Kavika Luafatasaga (66 tackles) and senior Sunia Tauteoli (10 tackles for loss) to keep them in games.
They will need to do better if they are to stop Husky running back Myles Gaskin. Gaskin has ran for 100 yards or more in 3 straight games and just tied Bishop Sanky (2011-2013) with 37 rushing touchdowns
Key to the game
The NCAA record breaking Dante Pettis. With an NCAA leading 21.7 yards per punt return, Pettis flips the field. The smart move fo the Utes is to surrender yardage on kicks to keep the ball out of Pettis’ hands. However, if the Utes slip up, expect to see fireworks it the Pac-12 after dark.
Huskies take care of the Utes with a constant battering in the run game. UW 33 Utah 14.