After a decisive victory over Rutgers last weekend and a large jump in the AP Poll the Huskies look to continue their impressive play when the Idaho Vandals come to Husky Stadium for the Week Two match up.
The Idaho Vandals won their season opener last weekend when they knocked off the Montana State University Bobcats 20-17 and are heading into this contest 1-0, just like the Huskies after their blowout victory of Rutgers, 48-13.
The Huskies were rewarded with a rise to being the number eight-ranked team in the country in the most recent AP Poll.
Washington Huskies vs. Idaho Vandals
The Opponent: Idaho Vandals
2015 Record: 4-8
Head Coach: Paul Petrino (4th Season)
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In the victory over Montana State, the Vandals were led by the running game, especially Aaron Duckworth, the junior running back who ran for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
Duckworth’s performance was especially grand for the Vandals as the passing game was extremely ineffective. Junior quarterback and third-year starter, Matt Linehan, threw for just 128 yards, an interception, and completed just eight of his 22 passing attempts for a 36.4 completion percentage and a 76.1 passer rating.
Senior tight end Deon Watson was the only Vandal receiver to have any real success last weekend as he caught two passes for a team high 67 yards, both receptions were over 30 yards.
Idaho turned the ball over twice last week against an FCS opponent (and Idaho will be joining them in the FCS and in the Big Sky conference in 2018) and had very little offensive success against a team that is not even close to as talented as the Huskies are.
The Vandals were just 2-11 on 3rd down, and completing less than 40% of their passes against this Husky team is a recipe for a blowout.
The Huskies are 38-point favorites and ESPN gives Idaho just a 1.4% chance of winning this game.
The defense should have a field day against the Vandals’ offense as well, I expect at least two interceptions from Budda Baker and company.