Washington football plays against Arizona State Saturday night at Husky Stadium. It’s the fourth time that Huskies quarterback Jake Browning will face the Sun Devils.
Last year Washington football suffered a tough upset by the Arizona State Sun Devils in Tempe,13-7. The Huskies were hoping to return to the National Championship where they had lost the previous season. Washington finished with a 10-3 overall record, and 7-2 in the PAC-12.
The previous year the Huskies dismantled the Sun Devils 44-18 to help get them into the National Championship Series. The Huskies were 12-1 when they lost to Alabama 24-7 in the Peach Bowl. Their only 2016 loss was against USC 26-13, before the Peach Bowl.
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It was quite the season for Washington and Browning as the Huskies scored more than 30 points in every game they won. What made the game against Arizona State extraordinary that year was the Huskies had lost ten straight games to the Sun Devils.
This year the Huskies are again a big favorite on Saturday against Arizona State. They are favored by 19 points. Both teams have a record of 2-1, however, Sun Devils lost last week to San Diego State 28-21, while the Huskies beat Utah 21-7 in a battle of defenses.
The major criticism of Jake Browning is that he has thrown at least one interception in each of the first three games. Although that is a fair criticism, Browning is reportedly harder on himself than anyone else. It wouldn’t be a surprise if he bounces back this week, especially at Husky Stadium, against the Sun Devils.
UW running back Myles Gaskin carried the ball 30 times for 143 yards last week at Utah. That’s an average of 4.8 yards-per-carry. If Gaskin can continue from last week’s rushing performance, against Arizona State Saturday night. It that should open the field for Jake Browning to throw the ball.
Browning is very good at working the sidelines as PAC-12 defenses know. A strong running game could also open the middle. He could have his choice as to when and where to find his receivers.
There should be an electric atmosphere at Husky Stadium for Browning to showcase his talents. The game serves as another measuring stick to see how good the Huskies will be this season. Browning can’t afford to have more poor performances this year if he wants to secure himself a high draft position and more importantly earn a National Title.