Washington football comes home this Saturday afternoon to take on the USC Trojans in Seattle. Both teams will be going into this game with a record of 3-1.
Washington football is starting to rise back up the AP rankings, they’re currently 17th in the country. USC is 21st, so it’s Washington’s first ranked matchup of the season. USC’s only loss was on Saturday, September 14 to BYU in overtime, 30-27. Though the Huskies beat BYU last Saturday in Provo 45-19 this game will have greater implications.
The Trojans upset the Utah Utes at home 30-23 behind 3rd string quarterback Matt Fink, who came in early for Kedon Slovis. Slovis is in concussion protocol and it’s unknown if he’ll play Saturday.
Fink went 21/30 for 351 yards, three touchdowns, and one interception. The Husky defense will see they can rattle Fink or Slovis and force some turnovers like they did against BYU. The Huskies will also be without Joe Tryon for the first half, due to a suspension for questionable targeting penalty that was called against him in the second half of the BYU game.
The Huskies will win this game by being able to come up big in man coverage. Michael Pittman Jr. and Amon-Ra St. Brown are the two best weapons that an inexperienced QB could ask for. But if Keith Taylor and Elijah Molden can lock down their guys in man coverage, the Huskies shouldn’t have much trouble handling the Trojans.
The Trojans will have to keep Jacob Eason from getting comfortable in the pocket to win. If he can get to around and 300 yards with at least three touchdowns and let the Huskies control the line of scrimmage. Chris Petersen likes it when the Dawgs have a balanced offense, so expect a good mix of passing and rushing early on in the game.