The Washington Huskies will host the Colorado Buffaloes in a key Pac-12 battle during week eight of the college football season. The Washington Huskies are the 15th ranked team in the nation, and still have a shot at the College Football Playoffs. Colorado fell out of the rankings after losing a tough game against USC in week seven.
Washington saw their undefeated Pac-12 record end in a loss to Oregon last week, but they still lead the North division. The Huskies have now lost two games this season after losing to Auburn in the season opener. Colorado comes into this game in a virtual first place tie with USC in the Pac-12 South, but the Trojans hold the tiebreaker. Washington is a whopping 16.0 point favorite over Colorado in this game.
Browning Leading Huskies Offense
Washington senior quarterback Jake Browning is having a monster season, and continues to improve his NFL Draft stock. Browning has thrown for over 1,750 yards and ten touchdowns this season, while also rushing for three TD’s. The star quarterback has thrown to 12 different receivers this season, but Aaron Fuller leads the team with 37 receptions and 589 receiving yards.
The Huskies have a top-10 defense this season, but they have failed to get key stops in their two losses this season. Washington has given up an average of just 16.0 points per game this season, but that number has risen to 24.0 points per game in their last two contests. The Huskies have given up just 178 passings yards per game this season, which could play a huge factor against the Colorado passing attack.
Colorado Loaded At Receiver
The Colorado Buffaloes are averaging nearly 275 passing yards this season, and they are led by a trio of talented receivers. Laviska Shenault Jr. has been the most impressive receiver this season, hauling in 60 catches for 780 yards and six touchdowns this season. Quarterback Steven Montez has completed over 70 percent of his throws this season, and will look to find his playmakers again in this game.
The Colorado defense struggled for much of the game in their last contest against the USC Trojans. The Buffaloes gave up over 300 yards of total offense to USC, and allowed the Trojans to throw three touchdown passes. Colorado has recorded 16 sacks this season, and they will need to get pressure on Jake Browning in this game.
Colorado Keeps It Close
The Washington Huskies will need to win out if they want any shot of making it to the College Football Playoffs this season. Washington still controls their own destiny in the Pac-12 North, but they can’t afford any more losses.
Colorado has been one of the surprise teams in the country this season, but they saw their undefeated streak end a week ago. This game will likely be a defensive battle that is won by Washington, but Colorado will keep it close. Bet the Colorado Buffaloes +16.0 in this game against Washington.