Ten Takeaways from Washington Football victory over California

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 07: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies looks on prior to the game against the California Golden Bears at Husky Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 07: Head coach Chris Petersen of the Washington Huskies looks on prior to the game against the California Golden Bears at Husky Stadium on October 7, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images) /
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Washington red zone defense bad, but opposing offenses seldom get there

On one hand, seven of eight teams who had gotten within the 20 yard line on the Washington Huskies have walked away with points. That means opponents are almost certain to score from the red zone. So how does Washington win so many games?

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  • On the other hand, this Washington defense only allowed eight occasions for an opponent to enter their red zone after six games.

    Let’s place this into perspective. The next best “frugal” defense is Utah, which allowed 14 such red zone events.  Oregon State, a recent opponent, has had 35 such encounters.  Now, that does not include plays which score outside of the 20 yard line either.

    The only other undefeated team in the Pac-12, Washington State, has allowed 29 appearances in their red zone, and 26 times the opponent walked away with points.

    The efficiency of the Washington defense so far this season has not been stopping opponents within their 20. But rather, from denying opponents from ever getting there. Those points will not be made on a telecast. But they are most certainly worth noting. Ultimately, the difference maker is denying offense points. Washington most definitely does that better than any other Pac-12 team.