Friday features a pair of evening games in the PAC 12. The Huskies travel to New Jersey to face the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and hope to come home with an easy win.
G.A.W.P. gives the Huskies a 92.75% chance of winning this game- Rutgers is a bad team, but they aren’t a total loss. There’s enough fight in them that there’s a distant chance that they may make this game interesting. Probably not, though.
Storylines to Watch:
Washington Secondary- The Huskies have reloaded pretty much everywhere else, so it’s the secondary that presents the biggest question mark. Everyone will have their eyes on how the defensive backfield performs. The problem here is that Rutgers has one of the worst QB situations in the country. Whether the passing defense is up to Coach Petersen’s snuff or not, they should dominate the anemic Scarlet Knights’ offense.
Replacing a Superstar Wideout- The only key loss on offense was the extraordinarily gifted wide receiver John Ross. Dante Pettis is the heir apparent, but it remains to be seen if the connection between he and Jake Browning. It’s going to be good, but will it be the Heisman-level performance Huskies fans are (justifiably) hoping for?
Washington figures to be one of the best teams in the nation this year, with an explosive offense and a powerful, attacking defense. There’s no reason to expect anything other than a blowout.
That’s what the model projects here, although there’s less confidence in the defense than many experts would predict. Of all the week one win probabilities, this one seems the furthest off. Washington should win this game as long as they bother to show up.
Rutgers 10, Washington 42