2) #16 Washington (8-3, 6-2)
Last Week: Washington jumped out to a 28-7 first quarter lead at home against conference doormat Oregon State. It looked as if this game would be a blowout but in the words of Lee Corso, “not so fast my friend.” OSU didn’t come that close, however, they didn’t let the score get out of hand either. UW was outscored 20-14 in the final three quarters.
The Huskies put up 503 yards of offense and the running game was dominant. Myles Gaskin showed everyone that he was 100% healthy by gaining 159 total yards (135 rush, 24 receiving) and scoring a pair of touchdowns. Salvon Ahmed added 76 yards and a pair of touchdowns on nine carries. Ben Burr-Kirven had a typical BBK day at the office with 11 tackles.
This Week: at Washington State
Note: This game means everything to the Huskies. They entered the 2018 season ranked in the top 10 and won five of their first six games before the wheels fell off. A win puts them in the PAC-12 Championship Game with a shot at the Rose Bowl and a 10 win season.
A loss could drop them to fourth overall in the conference. Head coach Chris Petersen needs a win in this one, but not more than quarterback Jake Browning does. He is rapidly running out of chances to make a good impression on the NFL scouts.