Washington vs Colorado: With a slew of injuries to the Colorado receiving corps, this might have to be when the defense steps up its game. And it has the ability to do just that.
The Buffs have the Pac-12’s best pass rush, with a disruptive front that can pull off big plays in bunches. Nebraska was able to go off on the run defense – Adrian Martinez had his moments – but for the most part, it’s been tough to get the ground attack consistently going.
Date: Saturday, October 20
Game Time: 3:30 ET
Venue: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
On the year, Colorado has gone four games without allowing a rushing score, and it’s coming off a stuffing of USC for just 51 yards.
On the flip side, Washington continues to have problems with its line getting into the backfield. There’s not enough of a pass rush, and there aren’t huge things happening in the backfield. It hasn’t mattered too much for the Pac-12’s top scoring defense, but against a quarterback like Steven Montez, you can’t give him time.
He might have struggled last week against the Trojans, but he’s been sharp on the year, playing like a veteran who’s watching the game slow down. He’s making the right reads, the big plays, and the accurate throws, but …
One Reason Why Washington Will Win
No receiver has been better than Laviska Shenault, but he hurt his foot against USC and is going to be gimpy, at best. Also questionable is Jay MacIntyre, a decent target who suffered a concussion in the loss.
If all that wasn’t enough, RB Travon McMillian hurt his leg and won’t quite be 100%.
Even at full-force, any offense will have issues with this Washington D.
It might have had problems against Justin Herbert in the loss to Oregon, but it’s normally been tight when it has to be. It’s only allowed five touchdown passes on the season. Four of them might have been in the last two weeks, but this is still the Pac-12’s best scoring defense.
Yes, the Colorado defense will get into the backfield, but UW QB Jake Browning is more than able to handle the pressure.
He’s great at getting the ball out of his hands in a hurry, he doesn’t panic, and he’s making things happen deep, too, averaging ten yards per throw over the last four games. He might not be bombing away like he has over the past few years, but he’ll blow past 250 yards.
For all of the good things Colorado has done so far, taking the ball away isn’t among them. They’re not about to get a ton of screw-ups from Browning and the Dawg O.
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What’s Going To Happen
Colorado will be more than fine through all the bangs and bruises, but the Washington defense will take care of business at home.
As always this season, the Huskies aren’t going to do anything easy. They’re not going to pull away enough to get comfortable, but the Colorado offense will never settle in. It won’t get the ground game going, and Montez isn’t going to have an effective enough performance to overcome a good first quarter from Browning.
The Huskies will take a two score lead, and they won’t let it go.
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