2018 Washington Football Auburn opener punctuates solid season

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PULLMAN, WA – NOVEMBER 25: Fans for the Washington Huskies cheer for their team against the Washington State Cougars in the second half of the 109th Apple Cup at Martin Stadium on November 25, 2016 in Pullman, Washington. Washington defeated Washington State 45-17. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images)
PULLMAN, WA – NOVEMBER 25: Fans for the Washington Huskies cheer for their team against the Washington State Cougars in the second half of the 109th Apple Cup at Martin Stadium on November 25, 2016 in Pullman, Washington. Washington defeated Washington State 45-17. (Photo by William Mancebo/Getty Images) /

The prediction

Both Auburn and Washington want to start off their 2018 football season with a win, but someone has to lose. Auburn has a cozy ole five game home stand to start off the season. Meanwhile, the Huskies must pack up and return to the west coast for their home opener against North Dakota.    And while the Washington defense and offense do have some outstanding players shoes to fill, the team has a good depth at each position, making the transition to a new season all the easier.

Auburn must reload on the fly, and as such will be facing more questions than answers in the opener. The Tigers have far too many variables going for them to consider this a blowout from the opening kickoff, but the game will likely only remain close through the first quarter.

The outcome

After enduring two road losses in 2017, the 2018 version of the Washington Huskies will not stumble out of the blocks. It’s a tough haul to win in Georgia in early September, but the Washington Football team has plenty of off-season to focus on doing just that. In the end, this game comes down to trench warfare.  The Washington offensive line grinding out against the Auburn defensive front, and the Auburn offensive front hammering against the Washington defensive line.

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But the difference is experience.  Myles Gaskin and the offensive line have been there, done that, many times before. Auburn has a difficult schedule ahead through the course of their season, but they know that regardless of this game’s outcome, their season makes or breaks against LSU, Georgia, and Alabama. So their focus is forward.  And that makes the difference.