Game: Georgia State Panthers vs. Washington Huskies
Where: Seattle, WA
When: Sept. 20th, 3:00pm
Channel: PAC-12 Networks
Line: Huskies by 34.5 points
Will junior cornerback, Marcus Peters, play this week after serving his one-week suspension? Chris Petersen has a policy that all disciplinary suspensions are kept in-house. All we know is that Peters has been reinstated to the football program and has been practicing with the team this week. However, Coach Pete didn’t seem certain that Marcus Peters would start or even play this week. Having Peters back in the secondary would be advantageous against another pass-happy team, but we all know Coach Pete won’t play Peters until he feels it is deserved.
Can a young and inexperienced Husky team stay focused after a blow-out win and perform again as heavy favorites? The Huskies played great last week at home against Illinois in a convincing win. The test now is can these young Dawgs lock in to their assignments throughout the week and not over look the Georgia State Panthers. Nearly every team has trouble remaining confident while avoiding blatant arrogance. Being confident is believing that the team will take care of business Monday-Friday and be prepared for anything Saturday may hold. Blatant arrogance is loafing your way through the week of practice knowing you are playing a “patty-cake” team on Saturday. More often than not, young teams develop some level of arrogance and overlook opponents like Georgia State and then get humiliated by underdogs. Can the coaches and veteran players keep this team focused throughout the week of preparation and perform at a high level on Saturday? Only time will tell.
UW 45 Georgia State 13. The Huskies have superior talent at every position on both sides of the ball, and in the end this disparity will prove to be too much for Georgia State to handle. Washington’s offense will score and chew up clock utilizing their ground and pound running game. The offensive line will build off of their momentum and continue to create running lanes for the Husky running backs. Cyler Miles should also have another solid game as he will only be asked to throw the ball about 20 times. Expect Miles to play within the scope of the game plan and continue to make good decisions with the ball. Our defense was much improved in week 3 against the Fighting Illini and should take another step forward this week. The front seven led by Danny Shelton, Hau’oli Kikaha, and Shaq Thompson should have another field day against the undersized Panthers. The defensive backfield will be challenged at times by Georgia State’s QB, Nick Arbuckle. He has shown the ability to make perfect passes into tight windows. The Husky secondary will need to be on point otherwise Arbuckle might repeat his 400+ yards 2 TD performance from a week ago. It seems as if veteran cornerback, Marcus Peters, could play again this week which would be a huge boost to the struggling defensive backfield. At the end of the day, the Husky offense rolls out long scoring drives and John Ross III will return a kick to give the Huskies another blow-out victory on Montlake.