Huskies vs. Cougars Game Preview and Predictions

#20 BYU (3-1) vs. #11 Washington (3-1)

Saturday, September 29th @ 5:30 p.m. PST

Husky Stadium (Seattle, Washington)

Line: Washington -17.0

TV: FOX

Radio: KOMO

The Huskies will face off against the BYU Cougars earlier tomorrow night, much to the delight of all Husky fans filling Husky Stadium.

Last week the Huskies returned home to face a conference nemesis in Arizona State and pulled out the gritty win.

This week, another quality opponent comes into town in the form of the Cougars and they have the Huskies full attention.

BYU marches into Husky Stadium with a top-twenty resume after upsetting Wisconsin earlier this season on the road.

Coach Petersen relishes every opportunity for his team to play at home in front of the “die-hard” Husky fans and the team feels their support!

“I do really appreciate our awesome crowd. That was fun to be in on Saturday. I anticipate another one. I know they’re expecting a lot of people. This will be a good football game. This will be an exciting game, it really will be. We got a lot of respect for this team. They go into Wisconsin and knock those guys off. You can see why. They play good football, they really do. This will be a good college football game in terms of the environment and all those type of things. 5:30, that’s pretty good. Excited to play.”  Head coach Chris Petersen said earlier this week.

This game feels like a tremendous opportunity for the Huskies to finally make a statement as to whether they are an upper echelon team or not.

KEY PLAYERS: WASHINGTON

QB – Jake Browning

Jake Browning rebounded last week and finished with his best performance of the season which was mistake free football.  He finished with a stat line of 15/22 with 202 yards passing, three TD’s and no turnovers.

RB – Myles Gaskin

Myles Gaskin is heating up at the right time and is anchoring the resurgence of the running game the last two weeks.  Last week he had another solid performance with 86 yards rushing, on 21 carries.

LB – Ben Burr-Kirven

Ben Burr-Kirven this past week was picked as National Defensive Player of The Week, and for the second straight week he was named the Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Week.  He notched 20 tackles last week which was the most by any Husky Player since 1996.

KEY PLAYERS: BYU

QB – Tanner Mangum

Tanner Mangum is a savvy senior veteran quarterback on his comeback from a season ending Achilles injury late last season.  He is a very efficient quarterback with a 107.16 efficiency rating so far this season.  Magnum is a team captain this year.

RB – Squally Canada

Squally Canada is a talented physical downhill running back who has had some impressive games so far this season.  In their upset win at Wisconsin, Canada rushed for 118 yards and two TD’s.  Earlier this season against Arizona he had three TD’s.

LB – Zayne Anderson

Zayne Anderson is a team captain for the Cougars and is a tough, athletic and physical linebacker.  He currently is the leading tackler on the team this season with a total of 28.  Earlier this season he recorded a game high 12 tackles against Cal.

GAME NOTES

– The UW-BYU series began in 1985, the year after the Cougars won the National Championship ahead of No. 2 Washington.

– Washington and BYU will be meeting for the 10th time ever this Saturday.

– Their last meeting was in the 2013 Fight Hunger Bowl in San Francisco, where a 100-yard kickoff return by John Ross was the highlight of Washington’s 31-16 win.

– Huskies RB Myles Gaskin enters the game with a chance to break the school record for the most 100-yard rushing games.  He currently has 22.

– The last time BYU played a ranked team while being ranked was 2015 against No. 10 UCLA when the Cougars were No. 19. BYU came up just short to the Bruins in a 24-23 loss at the Rose Bowl.

PREDICTIONS (Cascadia Sports Staff)

Mazvita Maraire (2-0)

The UW offense will have a break out performance against a stubborn but undermined BYU defense. The Huskies running game will have its way and open up the play action for Jake Browning who will have a monster game.  The UW defense will see through the BYU offense and force the Cougars into passing the ball which is never a good thing against the Dawgs.

Washington 31 – BYU 10

Jeff Wright (2-0)

I see this game as being a hard-fought contest through 4-quarters.  BYU earlier this season marched into Madison, Wisconsin and upset the #4 team in the country at the time in the Wisconsin Badgers.  After winning in a hostile environment against a top-six team, they definitely won’t be afraid to face the Huskies at Husky Stadium tomorrow.  I think both teams trade scores throughout the game, but the Husky defense will wear down that “window dressing” offense.  They will do enough down the stretch to secure the win like they normally do.  Look for the Husky offense to have a big breakthrough this game!  In the end, the Huskies have too much talent and depth compared to BYU.  I call it for the Purple and the Gold!

Washington 31 – BYU 21

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