Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, Washington
When: Saturday, September 13, 2014
1:00 p.m. Pacific Time
TV Schedule: FOX television (Direct TV Channel 231), with Joe Davis (play-by-play),
Joey Harrington (color) and Kris Budden (sidelines)
Radio: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius 93; XM 203
Game-Week Previews: Illinois Preview Stream
(Everything you'll need to see before you catch the game.)
The Huskies and Fighting Illini have met for a grand total of 10 times, and the Huskies own the lead in this matchup 6 to 4. They have also won their last three against Illinois, and 6 out of their last 7 games. UW's most recent loss to Illinois happened to be in the Rose Bowl of 1964. The Husky offense was held to a measly 7 points, as the Illini went on to win that game 17-7.
Many of you should remember last year's matchup, as the Huskies traveled to Chicago to play at Soldier Field, where they got to watch Dick Butkus (I have never been able so say this guy's name without laughing ... sorry Dick ... and I was hoping I would get a chance to put his name in this article ... wish granted!). It started off great, with a long TD pass from Keith Price to Bishop Sankey to open the scoring ... which promptly stopped in the second quarter. The Huskies were able to outgain the Illini 615 yards to 327 ... but then the Dawgs also spotted the Illini 105 yards in penalties that game as well. The final score was 34-24, in a game that many Husky fans walked away from satisfied with the comfortable win away from the friendly confines of the recently renovated Husky Stadium.
0 - Number away games the Illini have played this year
1 - Number of Interceptions Wes Lunt has thrown this year
3 - Number of TD passes Wes Lunt has thrown in the first three quarters of each game this season
4 - Number of TD passes Wes Lunt has thrown in the fourth quarter this season.
72 - The number of passing yards Wes Lunt is averaging per quarter for the first three quarters of each game this season
155 - The number of passing yards Wes Lunt is averaging in the fourth quarter of each game this season
126.12 - Wes Lunt's QB rating in the first three quarters
264.34 - Wes Lunt's QB rating in the fourth quarter
235.68 - Lunt's QB rating on third down and 7-9 yards ... sheesh
319.2 - UW's opposing QB rating on third down and 7-9 yards
What They're Saying
No insults intended; this is really just some game week fun ... so have a laugh. These quotes were removed from any relevant context that would give them any logical sense .... These quotes are courtesy of The Champaign Room:
Score Predictions ....
Washington 31, Illinois 21
There's going to be one quarter where everything is coming up Illini. Lunt's long passes connect, Dudek makes another one of those "wow" catches, and the defense makes some of plays that force the Huskies to punt from deep inside their own territory. But over the course of the whole game, Washington works itself into a lead and quite possibly creates a more dominant quarter than the one the Illini have.
Washington 54, Illinois 48
It'll be a back-and-forth shootout where the teams trade the lead multiple times. It's basically going to come down to who has the ball last and, in a coin flip, I'll say Washington. Who the hell knows?
Illinois 35, Washington 31
The Illini put together another late comeback on a scoring drive that includes a connection from Lunt to Dudek for a game-winning touchdown. And though there is always something on the line (a road win over a Pac-12 team would probably be Beckman's first big win here), the Illini will certainly be heading into the game with a "nothing to lose" mentality. Which is why I have a feeling they'll be slinging the ball all over the place against a UW defense that has struggled against the pass. Plus we're wearing the all-white unis. We can't lose in the all-white unis, right? Call me crazy, but I think the Illini emerge victorious.
Questions Needing Answers
Can Cyler Miles put more air under those screen passes? Which running back will have the longest TD run? Can the offense make it three weeks in a row without a turnover? Will there be any intermediate to long throws that will stretch the defense?
Will the secondary finally get some picks? Can we please stop it with the stupid defensive penalties? How badly will the Huskies miss Marcus Peters? Will Mr. Shelton get himself multiple sacks again?
Will the white helmets work out for the Dawgs? Will Petersen wear a visor? Which Husky player will stand out the most on special teams? Will the Huskies sit on the other side of the field ... in the shade for once?
I am hoping that this week will finally be the week ... finally, yet it's only week 3 ... that the Huskies can play a solid game on defense and a solid game on offense? We shall see I suppose. What really worries me is Wes Lunt's play in the 4th quarter. At that point in the game, with opposing defenses getting gassed, Mr. Lunt excels. I really hope that by that time the game is out of hand, and Illinois has put in their backup QB because they are so far behind ...
However, I don't see that happening ... not with our best cornerback out of the game, and a secondary that has shown itself to be much more than simply suspect ... expect a shootout dawafans, and hope that the Huskies are on top when the scoring get's out of hand ... oh, and you might want to have a bed pan handy ... since the Huskies have been proven to cause fans to suffer from ROD (random onset diarrhea).
- Here's all of the coverage you'll want from the Champaign Room.
- This is a nice summary of what to expect from Tim Booth ... it's a lot of the same thing you've already seen ... probably ... but a good read nonetheless.
- Lastly, a nice write-up on UW's pass rush and the game tomorrow.
Took me a little while to find some betting lines. These are courtesy of VegasInsider. The Huskies are 13.5 point favorites and the O/U is 64.5 ... you might want to take the over on that one ... but who really knows?
Come on over to the game thread to have a little bit of jovial banter with fellow Dawg fans, and the occasional troll, or New Mexico State Aggies fan .... You'll be happy you did. It opens up a half hour or so before kickoff.