Washington at Utah
Jaymin Bernhardt – This game will be closer than anybody might think. It won’t be the same type of atmosphere as the Auburn game but those Utah fans at Rice-Eccles Stadium will be hyped up to root their 2-0 Utes to a possible major upset against the class of the Pac-12. The first half will be close with possibly Utah taking a halftime lead. However, the second half will belong to Jake Browning and company and they will pull out an earned victory 31-17.
Rucker Haringey – The Huskies are still licking their wounds a little bit from their opening weekend loss to Auburn, but this is still a really good football team. Jake Browning is the real deal at quarterback and he has a big chance to put up big numbers against this Utah defense. The real question is whether or not the Washington defense can hold up their end of the bargain. I’m betting they’ll do just enough to win this game in a shootout. Expect it to be close down the stretch, but Browning will make the difference for his team.
Ed Stein – Rice-Eccles Stadium is a tough place to play no matter who you are. At this point, Washington should have enough senior leadership to keep themselves from being overwhelmed, especially under center.
If the makeshift offensive line, missing two starters, can come together and open some holes for Myles Gaskin, then the passing game has a shot against a very good Utes’ secondary. If not, quarterback Jake Browning will have to be the difference maker on offense. Which he most certainly can be. Washington wins this one, but it won’t be easy.
Matt Barry – Washington narrowly survived at home against Utah last season by scoring 10 points in the final minute. Coming into this one, Washington isn’t playing their best football. But, I think that is a good thing because Jake Browning and the Huskies know it.
Look for Washington to come out focused early against a good Utah defense. Myles Gaskin should be more of a factor than in the first two games. Utah will be ready to avenge last year’s heartbreaker. But Washington wins this one to keep their College Football Playoff and Pac-12 title hopes alive.