September starts with a bang
The 2018 football season for the Washington Huskies comes with high expectations. And despite falling short of the 2017 goals, the team feels more “ready” this year. In 2017, the team lost three-fourths of the defensive backfield, and a phenomenal speedster at wide receiver. And with the team poised to defend the Pac-12 Championship, plus bid on a consecutive invitation to the NCAA playoffs, the team needed all dominoes to fall favorably.
But injuries happened early and often last season. Despite courageous performances by players called to a starting role, the team had to fight an uphill battle as the season wore on. Even still, the team lost winnable games by abandoning a very productive running game. Look for the team to learn their lesson, lean more readily on the running game, and control the ball more on offense
Sat., Sept. 1 – vs. Auburn (in Atlanta)
That first game against the Auburn Tigers in the heart of Georgia is a true litmus test for this team. This one is the first contest between the two teams, and the game is played in the Auburn-friendly confines of Atlanta, Georgia. With more Huskies returning than expected, and Auburn’s history as a late bloomer, I project this one as a …
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Sat., Sept. 8 – North Dakota
I see this one as a win. a home game against North Dakota won’t do much for the team in terms of ranking, but a win is a win.
Sat., Sept. 15 – at Utah
This sizes up to be a pretty good contest. While Utah ended the season at 3-6 in the Pac-12, they won all non-conference games. And the early away game could test Washington’s ability to remain focused on their next opponent.
Sat., Sept. 22 – Arizona State
Don’t look for a repeat of 2017. Arizona State opted to make a coaching change despite a 6-3 Pac-12 conference record. Now, with new coaches facing an angry Washington Huskies team eager to exact revenge? All I can recommend is get a good seat, Huskies fans. You WANT to see this game
Sat., Sept. 29 – BYU
Brigham Young University faces five Power-5 schools in 2018. The 2017 clash against major collegiate football programs did not end very well for the team. I expect no improvement in 2018 for BYU. In the end, this is a home game for Washington. Washington does not like to lose at home.