Salt Lake City, UT - It’s judgment week, as the two top teams, at least where record is concerned, battle it out. The Washington Huskies make the trip to Utah to take on the Utes, in a game that has huge implications.
Where: Rice Eccles Stadium, Salt Lake City, UT
When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 @ 12:30 p.m. Pacific/3:30 p.m. EST
TV Info: Fox Sports 1 - T Gus Johnson (play-by-play), Joel Klatt (color) and Shannon Spake (sidelines) providing the commentary.
Radio Info: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius (84) and XM (84)
How to Watch and Listen to the Huskies:
Audio Stream: TuneIn Radio
Video Stream: Fox Sports Go
Washington leads this series 8 games to 1. The lone loss came last year as the the Utes came to Seattle and rubbed the Huskies’ face in the grass ... several times ... to the tune of a 34-23 victory. What hurt the most after this game, other than the fact that the Huskies blew the game against a team that had failed to beat the Huskies up to that point, was that the Huskies gave up 24 points in the second quarter.
While those 24 points should have been enough to break their backs, the Huskies were able to bring the game to within a single point, 23-24, but then failed to sniff the scoreboard for the rest of the game.
The good news is that while the Utes did beat the Huskies in Seattle, they’ve never won at home against the Dawgs. (Just forget the fact that the Huskies have only played in Utah one time ... which was back in 2011 when the Huskies welcomed the Utes to the Pac-12 with a classic spanking, winning the game 31-14.)
1 - Washington’s conference rank in opponents’ average passing yards allowed per game. (Utah is ranked 8th in this Category)
4.9 - The number of yards Utah is averaging per rush on first down.
8 - The number of Ute receivers averaging more than 10 yards per game.
12 - The number of rushing plays that have gone over 20 yards for the Utes this season.
14 - The number of interceptions the Utes have this year.
33.3 - Utah’s completion percentage on third down and 7-9 yards to go.
64 - The percentage of the time that Utah rushes the ball on first down.
119.63 - The number of rushing yards the Utes give up each game.
146.5 - The average number of rushing yards Ute RB Joe Williams averages per game.
214.38 - The number of rushing yards the Utes average each game.
226.1 - The number of passing yards the Utes give up each game.
Putting it all Together
This game looks to be a stiff test for both teams, though on paper the test should theoretically be more difficult for Utah. Washington appears to have the upper hand on almost all of the parts of the game that matter. I would give a push to Utah’s defensive line against Washington’s, but that’s it.
Two things need to go right for the Utes to come away with a win today. First, Troy Williams needs to have the game of his career. The Huskies are going to try and mess with him, especially since he’s a young QB, and force him to make mistakes. Since Utah like to run the ball so much, I expect that the Huskies will sell out to stop the run, putting an extra man or two in the box when a run is expected, and force Troy Williams to beat them with his arm.
If he can do this, then Washington will be forced to take a man out of the box, maybe more, to help out the defensive backs, and put less emphasis on stopping Utah’s running game.
The second thing the Utes need to do is get to Jake Browning early and often. If they can lay some wood onto the Husky QB consistently, then Utah should theoretically be able to keep the Huskies from scoring a ton of points early on, something no one else has been able to do yet, they stand a good chance.
I just don’t see that happening. I’m going to go with the home pick today, and take the Huskies to win.
The Huskies are, big road favorites to win this game. They are sitting as 10.5 point favorites (courtesy of VegasInsider). The O/U is 54 points.
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