Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
When: Saturday, November 22, 2014
7:37 p.m. Pacific Time
TV Schedule: Pac-12 Networks, with Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play),
Anthony Heron (color) and Guy Haberman (sidelines)
Radio: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius 139; XM 197
Washington leads this series all-time at 60-34-4. The series goes all the way back to 1897, where SAC ("State Agricultural College") whomped UW 16-0 in Corvallis. Washington was playing its second game against a major college. needs to change. At the time, touchdowns were worth 4 points ... in case you were wondering about the odd score. It was actually a hard fought battle between the 2 teams, with Washington driving all the way to the Oregon State 10 yard line twice. The Oregon State defense was just a little too stubborn at the goal line. The game drew 1,500 fans.
Last year, with an injured Keith Price, the Huskies marched into Corvallis in desperate need of an away win. Cyler Miles did an admiral job, as the running game and defense punched the Beavers in the mouth. Washington rushed for 527 yards, with three different backs hitting the century mark. The Beavers were held scoreless until the 4th quarter, where they scored all 27 of their points, and they coughed up the ball 4 times: 1 fumble and 3 interceptions. The final score was 69-27.
What happened to the Beavers this year, and what was wrong with Arizona State last week?
1.9 - The average point difference in Beaver games this season.
4.6 - The number of points the Beaver average each time the get into the red zone this season.
5.1 - The number of points Beaver opponents average each time they get into the red zone this season.
28.24 - The Beaver's 3rd down conversion percentage this season.
38.51 - The Beaver's opponent's third down conversion rate this season.
36 - The number of times the Beaver opponents have been in the red zone this season.
44 - The number of times the Beavers have been in the red zone this season.
84 - The Beaver's red zone conversion rate.
Questions Needing Answers
How many points will we put up this week, without getting the obligatory score from our defense? Will Mr. Washington continue his upward trend at running back? How will the pass protection look this week? Will Kasen Williams get even more targets?
How many sacks will the front 4 generate? Can we please see another defensive TD? It's been a while? Will Mannion avoid throwing to Sydney Jones? How will our linebacker hold up, stopping the run game?
What's going to happen that will throw Husky fans into their weekly uproar? Do we get another special teams touchdown? Check out Cyler Miles' warmup routine. Does it involve diving for errant snaps?
Both of these teams have the same conference record, and it's not pretty. I am hopeful the Huskies can continue their upward trend of fixing mistakes from the previous week. This week, we need to clean up the crappy snaps ... though we've needed to fix that problem for weeks it seems. That should result in much better timing for the offense and a significant decrease in turnovers.
It was clear last week that the Huskies have come a long ways this season. The Huskies dominated a top 20 team in every aspect other than the score and turnover margin. That needs to continue, and it should. Look for the coaching staff to get a lot more done against this D, assuming they can fix the errant snaps, and score at least 30 this week.
Courtesy of VegasInsider, the Huskies 6.5 point favorites this week. The nice thing about the Huskies being favorites this season is that they haven't lost a game they've been favored in. The line for the game is 53.5. The Huskies covered the spread last week, and now their record sits at 5-6. A 7 point win will put them at .500 on the season, something a seasoned better would be proud of from his own record.
Come on over to the game thread to have a little bit of jovial banter, to put it nicely, with fellow Dawg fans, and the occasional troll, or New Mexico State Aggies fan .... You'll be happy you did, so long as every single play goes exactly right. Otherwise, feel free to jump in and add to the communal vitriol. I wager we'll see at least 52 calls for Jonathan Smith's job, 92.5 f-bombs, and the over-under for spiteful Coach Pete comments at 127. It opens up a half hour or so before kickoff.