Scouting report: Washington at Colorado
Washington (6-4, 4-3); Colorado (1-9, 1-6) Time: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Folsom Field. TV: FX. Radio: KJR 950 AM, 102. 9 FM. The line: UW by...
Washington (6-4, 4-3); Colorado (1-9, 1-6)
Time: 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Folsom Field.
TV: FX. Radio: KJR 950 AM, 102.9 FM. The line: UW by 20 ½ points.
The setup: Washington goes for its first four-game winning streak since 2010 and just its second since 2001 against the woeful Buffs, who have lost six in a row. UW clinched bowl eligibility last week but wants a win to improve its bowl positioning and continue a momentum-building end to the season.
Key matchup: Huskies vs. themselves. Huskies are in unfamiliar position of being a heavy favorite on the road, listed as 20 ½ point favorites — the most since 1997. Washington has won just five road games since 2007, but this doesn't figure to be a tough environment. The Huskies mostly need to execute well and not make mistakes and a win should come handily.
What to expect: Colorado ranks among the worst run defense teams in the country, allowing 227.6 yards per game. The Huskies have shown an improved running game the past two weeks and are likely to try to take control early with a ground attack led by sophomore Bishop Sankey, fifth in the Pac-12 with 1,011 yards. Figure Colorado to try a similar tactic against a UW run defense that is 10th in the conference behind its most consistent offense weapon, freshman running back Christian Powell (625 yards).
Notes: UW is unranked this week in the major voter polls, but is 25th in the BCS standings. ... This is the second meeting between the teams since Colorado joined the Pac-12 in 2011. The Huskies won last year's game 52-24 in Seattle. UW leads the all-time series 6-5-1. UW won the last meeting in Boulder in 2000, a 17-14 victory for a team that finished 11-1 and won the Rose Bowl. ... Washington has just one scholarship player from Colorado on its roster, freshman QB Cyler Miles, who is redshirting but travels as an emergency quarterback. ... Colorado receivers coach Bobby Kennedy worked at UW in 2002-2003. ... Colorado defensive line coach Mike Tuiasosopo is a cousin of former Huskies Marques and Zach Tuiasosopo. ... The game will be televised nationally on FX with the team of Justin Kutcher, Eric Crouch (who won the 1999 Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback at Nebraska) and Darius Walker (a former running back at Notre Dame).
Upset brewing? Any road conference game can bring challenges, and the Huskies will need to play a clean game and not let the Buffs hang around. But UW appears to have significant matchup advantages, and an effort similar to that of the past three weeks should give the Huskies a comfortable win.
Injuries: UW — DL Pio Vatuvei, LB Jamaal Kearse and RB Dezden Petty are out. CB Desmond Trufant is nursing a hamstring injury and his status is uncertain. DLs Josh Banks and Talia Crichton also have injuries. For Colorado, QB Nick Hirschman is likely out with a concussion with Connor Wood likely to start.
Prediction: Washington 42, Colorado 10.