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Vegas Projects Washington Huskies Football to Lead Pac-12 in Wins

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At least one betting outlet thinks that Chris Petersen will lead the Huskies to their second nine-win season since 2000.

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The runaway hype train that is the Washington Husky football offseason shows no signs of slowing, as VegasInsider.com has projected the Huskies to win a conference-best nine games in 2016. (Surely that's more palatable than the headlines we were digesting this time last year, when the betting public pegged UW's win total at a measly four games.)

It seems that the betting industry is buying in on the same aspects of this team that had Husky fans so excited during the team's three-game winning streak to close the 2015 season, during which the Dawgs outscored their opponents 141-48. On offense, those aspects include a returning starter at quarterback in Jake Browning who threw for just a hair under 3,000 yards in his debut season at a respectable clip of 8.0 yards per attempt, and a stud running back in Myles Gaskin who accounted for 1,302 yards and 14 touchdowns as a true freshman. On defense, they include returning seven starters from an elite defense headlined by two all Pac-12 defensive backs in Budda Baker and Sidney Jones that allowed just 18.8 points per game (No. 1 in the conference, and No. 11 among Power 5 teams).

If the Huskies were to win the Pac-12 championship in 2016, it would be the team's first outright championship since the legendary 1991 team that won a national title. (The Dawgs were co-champions in 1992, 1995 and 2000.)

In the meantime, here's UW's 2016 schedule along with VegasInsider.com's over-under for each of the team's opponents. (The over-under for Washington's two Pac-12 South misses in 2016, Colorado and UCLA, are projected at 4.5 and 8.5 games, respectively.) How do you see each of Washington's games in 2016 shaking out?

Date Opponent Location VegasInsider.com Opponent's Over/Under
September 3, 2016 Rutgers Husky Stadium (Seattle) 4.5
September 10, 2016 Idaho Husky Stadium (Seattle) 3.5
September 17, 2016 Portland State Husky Stadium (Seattle) N/A
September 24, 2016 Arizona Arizona Stadium (Tucson) 6
September 30, 2016 Stanford Husky Stadium (Seattle) 8.5
October 8, 2016 Oregon Autzen Stadium (Eugene) 8
October 15, 2016 Bye Husky Stadium (Seattle) N/A
October 22, 2016 Oregon State Husky Stadium (Seattle) 3.5
October 29, 2016 Utah Rice-Eccles Stadium (Salt Lake City) 7.5
November 5, 2016 California Memorial Stadium (Berkeley) 4
November 12, 2016 USC Husky Stadium (Seattle) 7.5
November 19, 2016 Arizona State Husky Stadium (Seattle) 5
November 25, 2016 Washington State Martin Stadium (Pullman) 7.5
December 2, 2016 Pac-12 Championship Levi's Stadium (Santa Clara) N/A