Seattle, WA - The Washington Huskies will try and continue their dominance this season as they take on the undefeated Idaho Vandals (1-0) at home. Idaho will look to try and keep this game respectable, while the rest of the country expects the Huskies to get things done, and get them done quickly.
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
When: 2:00 p.m. Pacific / 5:00 p.m. EST
TV Info: Pac-12 Network - J.B. Long (play-by-play), Glenn Parker (color), and Jill Savage (sidelines) providing the commentary.
Radio Info: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius (146) and XM (198)
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Video Stream: Pac-12 Live
The Huskies and Vandals have played quite a few times over the years, and the Dawgs own this series 35-2-2. Their only two losses came when the Huskies traveled to Moscow, ID. The last time these teams played was back in 2009, with Jake Locker at the helm. I was at this game, and boy, was it fun.
My wife and I sat in the East Endzone bleachers, with a bunch of noisy UW college students, and a really nice family visiting from Idaho with a couple of young kids. Those students started cussing out the kids in front of them, and my wonderful wife promptly sat in between them, and told them off. It was the best part of the game by far. The family from Idaho said thanks, we had some laughs, and the rest was history.
The game was pretty lopsided, though the Husky defense couldn’t seem to stop the Vandals from marching down the field way more than I liked to see.
As for last week, the Vandals are coming off a hard-fought win over Montana State. The Vandals jumped off to a 17-3 lead after the first quarter, and entered the second half with a 20-10 lead. Montana State cut the lead to just three points in the third quarter, but then the Vandal defense buckled down and didn’t allow any more points.
0 - The number of passing TDs the Vandals had last week
0.26 - Vandal QB Matt Linehan’s QB rating in the 4th quarter
2.76 - Idaho’s opponents’ average yards per rush
4.05 - Idaho’s opponents’ average yards per offensive play
6.43 - Idaho’s average yards per rush
19.67 - Idaho’s average yards per kick return
28.4 - Matt Linehan’s QB rating in the 3rd quarter
36.4 - Matt Linehan’s completion percentage
41 - The number of rushing yards Matt Linehan had last week
65.85 - Matt Linehan’s QB rating in the 2nd quarter
108 - The number of yards Vandal RB Aaron Duckworth had last week (to go along with 2 TDs)
167.6 - Matt Linehan’s QB rating in the 1st quarter
Putting it all Together
I’m admittedly less excited for this game than last weeks game. Don’t get me wrong, I want the Dawgs to take care of business, and blow the Vandals up, figuratively of course. However, playing an FCS team, right before the Huskies play another FCS team, has me really wanting conference play to start.
Idaho has stuggled for a while. While they made a strong showing last week, and gritted out a tough victory, there’s a reason they jumped down to FCS. It’s because they are sick of getting blown out. Their fans are sick of getting blown out.
We know what it’s like to lose a bunch. It is not a fun thing at all. So Idaho made the jump in an attempt to revitalize the fan base, and revitalize the football program.
So, while I don’t think that this game will be close after the first quarter, at least Idaho will walk away with some much needed cash to put into their athletics. But that’s a topic for another day.
Washington is currently a 37.5 point favorite to smash the Vandals, according to VegasInsider, with the line sitting at 60. That would put the score somewhere around 49-11 (good luck) or 48-12.
Here’s the game notes, for more good information.