The 2014 season brings a new era for Washington football with a much more proven head coach in Chris Petersen. This should appease the majority of Husky fans who could not stand the inconsistency on the road and the lack of disciplined play under former head coach Steve Sarkisian. Here are three bold predictions about the on field product Washington fans will see this fall under the new regime.
Bold Prediction #1 This Husky team is going to be 6-0 heading into the Oregon game at Autzen Stadium on October 18
The schedule sets up perfectly for this type of a fast start as Washington has four games out of the gate starting at Hawaii that should allow the staff to develop a lot of confidence in the players. The Stanford game on September 27 is why you brought Petersen to Washington. This win against the Cardinal will be a great confidence booster for this team as it rolls through the season.
Bold Prediction #2 There will be a definite drop in penalties under the leadership of Chris Petersen
Husky fans are not going to known what to do with themselves this fall when they see a much less penalized football team on the field. For example, in the last two seasons the Huskies were penalized 213 times while Petersen’s Boise teams were only penalized 112 times. This is a drastic difference that can’t be underestimated moving forward. This will be a drastic enough difference that will lead to more wins against teams like UCLA when they come to town late in the season.
Bold Prediction #3 The days of in season three-game losing streaks are going to end this fall
One of the many things that drove fans insane during the Steve Sarkisian era was the annual three-game losing streak .The experience of Chris Petersen having a proven track record of always being in football games with a chance to win will be similar to what Pete Carroll has brought the Seahawks. When this team loses games this fall you should see a very quick response the following week. Petersen’s ability to get the players to respond when adversity strikes is going to be a significant upgrade over Sarkisian.
Overall, this football team is going to be much easier to watch and with the overall improved attention to detail should make a run at ten or more wins in the 2014 season.