Opponent Preview: Washington

Patrick O'Brien, Publisher
Fighting Bulldogs
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Washington Huskies

Washington is coming off one of their best seasons, ending with a 12-2 overall record an appearance in the College Football Playoffs, in which they lost to Alabama 24-7 in the Chick-Fil-A Peach Bowl.

Now, the Huskies look to build off that season under head coach Chris Peterson, as the Bulldogs will face most likely their second straight Top 25 opponent in as many weeks.

Series

Washington holds a 2-1 overall record against Fresno State, with their last game being back in 2006 in which the Huskies took the 21-20 victory. All three games though have been on the road at Washington, with their lone win coming back in 2004 when Washington went 1-10.

Preview

Washington should once again be up there offensively as they were last year, led by their junior quarterback Jake Browning, who threw for over 3,430 yards and 43 touchdowns last year and should be one of the early contenders for the Heisman.

They also return their two main guys in the backfield in Myles Gaskin and Lavon Coleman, as they combined for over 2,000 yards on the ground and 17 touchdowns. They should again be a dynamic duo in the run game this upcoming season.

Dante Pettis comes back to lead the charge at wide receiver, as they look to replace speedster John Ross from last year, who recorded over 1,150 yards receiving last year. Chico McClatcher also returns as a big threat down the field after averaging 18.5 yards per catch.

Defensively, Washington will need to replace some key losses on the defensive side of the ball, especially in the secondary. On the defensive line, they did lose Elijah Qualls from the line but return a lot of experience that led the Pac-12 in points allowed (17.7), yards allowed (316.9), yards per carry allowed (3.65), and sacks per game (2.86).

The biggest loss though will be in the secondary, having to replace key players that accounted for nine interceptions, 193 tackles, and 17 tackles for loss this past season.

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