Washington Football Predictions

Written by Vegas Top Cappers | July 31, 2013

Washington Football Predictions

Three consecutive 7-6 W-L records might be acceptable at many FBS schools, but when the school has a fairly impressive record in recent years, the natives will eventually become more than a little restless and the grumbling begins. Such is the case at Washington, placing head coach Steve Sarkisian squarely on the proverbial hot seat in 2013. The Huskies under-achieved in 2012, especially given that they were a fringe Top 25 pick in preseason. Most of the key components are still in place, meaning the burden (either fairly or unfairly) falls to the coaching staff to make the necessary adjustments/changes to get the program back on track.

Sixteen starters return for the Huskies, which will be Sarkisian’s fifth in Seattle, with an overall record of 26-25 and three bowl appearances. Senior QB Keith Price returns, and both he and the coaching staff hope his so-so junior season was merely an aberration. Following a 2011 season in which he connected for 33 TDs and 3,063 yards, big things were expected, but instead his numbers plummeted to 19 and 2,726 with 13 interceptions.

A significant amount of both his and the offense’s shortcomings have been placed at the feet of a rebuilding, ineffective O-line, and the hope is that unit will improve markedly in 2013. A deep and talented receiving corps returns, led by wideout Kasen Williams (77 catches, 878 yards, 6 TDs) and All-conference TE candidate Austin Seferian-Jenkins, an athletic and versatile performer.

There’s also a relatively potent ground game in place, with Bishop Sankey being one of the surprises of the conference with his 1,439 yards and 16 TDs in 2012. Up front, besides the returnees, several highly-touted redshirts (Cody Fuavai, Jake Eldrenkamp) are expected to make immediate key contributions.

Prior to the 2012 season, the main concern was the defense, and thanks to hard work by both the coaching staff and players, the overall results were positive. With seven starters back, defense is expected to be a strength this fall. Danny Shelton, Andrew Shirley and Josh Hudson were the mainstays up front, and with the trio returning, along with Hau’oli Jamora’s return from injury, opponents will find it tough going up getting yards up the middle. The LB corps lacks the depth of the D-line, and needs reinforcing from both redshirts and incoming freshmen.

The secondary lost two key players in Desmond Trufaut and Justin Glenn, and no one else did much to distinguish themselves, either last season or in the spring. Coordinator Justin Wilcox has work to do along the back line, with the most likely candidates being underclassmen. Alabama transfer Travell Dixon may be able to help.

If the O-line pans out and Price receives adequate protection, this Huskie team could surprise in 2013. Sankey has the look of a “game-changer,” and if a reasonable balance happens between the ground and passing game, points shouldn’t be an issue. However, the object is to score more points than your opponent, and that’s where the Huskies may indeed have issues.

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