Seattle, WA - The Washington Huskies are looking to start off their 2016 campaign against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, who have the difficult task of flying from New York to Seattle, some 2,800 miles, playing a football game, and then flying right back. But hey, at least Rutgers gets to play at iconic Husky stadium.
Where: Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
When: 2:00 p.m. EST/ 11:00 a.m. Pacific
TV Info: Pac-12 Network - Roxy Bernstein (play-by-play), Anthony Herron (color)
and Lewis Johnson (sidelines) providing the commentary.
Radio Info: KOMO AM-1000/FM-97.7; Sirius (132) and XM (197)
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This is the first ever meeting between these two teams, and they couldn’t be in different positions at the moment. The Huskies are in their third year under the tutelage of Chris Petersen, while the Scarlet Knights are in the very beginning of a complete white-washing.
Husky fans know only too well what that feels like, having had a completely new coach every couple of years since Gilby was at the helm. Stability is a luxury the Huskies haven’t had the opportunity to enjoy, at least not since the days of Rick Neuheisel, who’s tenure was short, when compared to his two predecessors (Lambright and James).
Add to that a flight across the country, and this game has a makings of a very long day for Rutgers.
I suppose I could wow you with a bunch of advanced stats, but I’m an attorney, and my accountant is out of town for the holiday weekend, so you’ll have to settle for these instead:
0 - The number of kickoff / punt returns the Huskies allowed last season
4 - The number of kickoff / punt returns Janarian Grant had last season
2 - The number of kickoff / punt returns Janarian Grant had against teams not named Washington State
6.85 - The average yard per play Rutgers gave up last season
34.9 - The number of points teams averaged against Rutgers last season
44.52 - Rutgers’ opponent’s third down conversion rates last season
145 - The number of first downs Rutgers surrendered via pass last season
152.51 - Opposing QBs ratings when they played Rutgers last season
5,688 - The number of round trip miles Rutgers will by flying in the next three days
Putting it all Together
I’m excited for this game. There is a ton of hype around the Dawgs this year, and deservedly so. They came off last year strong, have an amazing defense, a world-class coach, and a talented young quarterback, who happens to have a great running back to boot.
There is a bit of intrigue in this game, since Rutgers is implementing a completely new offense and there is literally no tape on them. If I were Rutgers, my game plan would be two-fold: 1) try to rattle Jake Browning early, and then load the box; and 2) get the ball to Janarian Grant in space.
It’s not much, but the truth is, Rutgers just doesn’t have the talent to compete with the top 10 teams in the Pac-12.
This game should open up pretty quickly, and I expect to see the Huskies empty their bench by the end of the third quarter.
Get ready folks, these next three games are going to be blowouts, and that’s putting it nicely.
Washington is currently an 27 point favorite over Rutgers, according to VegasInsider, with the line sitting at 54. If you’re a betting person, you might like to know that the Huskies are 4-2 against the spread, and straight up, in their last 6 games. They have also gone under in 10 of their last 14 home games.
Here’s the game notes, just because.