North Dakota at Washington Huskies
Jordan Cordano – Coming off a competitive loss to the Auburn Tigers down in Atlanta, the Huskies home opener matches them up with the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. The Hawks are stepping up the competition after a 35-7 victory last Saturday vs Mississippi Valley State in Grand Forks, ND.
Huskies Senior QB Jake Browning looks to get back on track after having a sluggish 1st game vs Auburn when he completed just 18 of 32 passes for 296 yards and an interception. The Huskies should have no problem putting their foot down in front of an anticipated sell out crowd at Husky Stadium.
Matt Barry – The Huskies are coming off a hard-fought loss in their showdown with Auburn last week. If they had won, maybe there would be a letdown this week, but the loss should fuel the far more talented Huskies. They should win easily in their home opener.
Ed Stein – Huskies quarterback Jake Browning should pick apart the North Dakota defense through the air. Will he get a chance? Not as much as he would like because the Washington ground game is going to chew up the yardage with Myles Gaskin and the bevy of backs that will see time. This is the final opportunity for the offensive line to gel as a unit without left tackle Trey Adams before PAC-12 play begins next week.
On defense, the Huskies are going to feel like they are playing a JV team, compared with the size of last week’s opponent, Auburn. Expect the defense to mix up their schemes in advance of Utah next Saturday. This is a cannon fodder game for the Huskies. They should win very handily.
Jason Reed – Anything but a Washington blow out would be surprising to me. While North Dakota did have a promising season opener, there’s just no chance of competing with ninth-ranked Washington.
North Dakota should look to take away small victories, such as possible success passing the ball with size on the outside. However, Washington is simply too talented and that success will be few and far between.