Washington Football: Game-By-Game Predictions for the Huskies' 2014 Season

Game-By-Game Predictions for Washington's 2014 Season

5/28/14 in NCAAF   |   chris901   |   24 respect

Dec 27, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; Washington Huskies tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins (88) runs a route during the fourth quarter of the game against the Brigham Young Cougars at AT&T Park. The Washington Huskies defeated the Brigham Young Cougars 31-16. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY SportsThere will be a little bit of an adjusting period for the Washington Huskies as they move on without quarterback Keith Price, running back Bishop Sankey, and former head coach Steve Sarkisian.

However, the Huskies will live to tell the tale, and will be bowl-eligible again this season despite such drastic losses.

Aug. 30 at Hawaii: WIN

This is the stereotypical tune-up game for the Huskies. Last season, the Hawaii Warriors did not win a game until the final week of their season. They opened their 2013 campaign with two consecutive losses to Pac-12 teams, and it didn’t matter whether the game was at home or on the road. The Huskies should roll over the Warriors to pick up their first win of the season. 

Sept. 6 vs. Eastern Washington: LOSS

This matchup, in complete contrast to the previous week’s game against Hawaii, will be a true test of how good this Huskies team is. Despite being in a different conference, the Eagles played like they belonged on the same field as Pac-12 teams last season. They upset Oregon State in their first game in 2013, and they could do the same to the Huskies, who will still be searching for their identity during the second week of their 2014 schedule. The Eagles have a veteran quarterback in Vernon Adams Jr., who threw 55 touchdowns compared to 15 interceptions last season. Look for him to lead this Eastern Washington team in another upset of a Pac-12 school. 

Sept. 13 vs. Illinois: WIN

This will be a close game as it was in 2013 when Illinois almost came back to beat the Huskies. However, it will be a home game for the Huskies, so they should be able to hold off the Fighting Illini once again. 

Sept. 20 vs. Georgia State: WIN

Other than wide receiver Albert Wilson, who is now with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Georgia State Panthers had nobody who stood out statistically last season. That being said, they lost all 12 games in 2013, making this an easy win for the Huskies. 

Sept. 27 vs. Stanford: WIN

Kevin Hogan and Ty Montgomery are a combination that would plague most defenses, but Washington finished second in sacks last season, in large part because of Hau’oli Kikaha, now a senior outside linebacker. The Huskies can win this one in a close battle if Kikaha can pressure Hogan into a couple of turnovers. 

Oct. 11 at California: LOSS

While they weren’t the worst road team last season, the Huskies went 2-3 away from Seattle. The Golden Bears were the worst in the Pac-12 North, but they retain most of the talent they had at the skill positions last season. The Huskies have lost their key rusher in Sankey and their quarterback in Price, both of whom went to the NFL, and Sarkisian left for USC. The Golden Bears can steal one here from the Huskies. 

Oct. 18 at Oregon: LOSS

It wasn’t much of a contest at home last season against the Ducks, and now that the Huskies have to play this Pac-12 powerhouse in Oregon, they will suffer even more. The losses Washington took on offense will take a toll against an Oregon offense that oozes with athleticism and versatility. 

Oct. 25 vs. Arizona State: WIN

The Huskies were rocked last year by the Sun Devils, but this year will be much different. Arizona State lost three of its leading pass rushers from last season, which will give the Huskies a break as they try to find a suitable replacement for Price. Davon Coleman, Chris Young and Carl Bradford all contributed greatly to Arizona State’s total of 40 sacks last season, which was third-most in the Pac-12. The Huskies will benefit from the decreased pressure, and will be able to score enough against Arizona State to pull out a victory. 

Nov. 1 at Colorado: WIN

The Buffaloes struggled in terms of defense last season, finishing second to last in the Pac-12 in total defense. They were the worst in the conference at defending the run, so if Washington can convert either Jesse Callier, Deontae Cooper or Dwayne Washington into a consistent runner in place of Sankey, the Huskies will be able to use their legs to defeat Colorado. 

Nov. 8 vs. UCLA: LOSS

The offensive weapons for UCLA are endless, as dual-threat quarterback Brett Hundley returns along with a balanced running game that includes the teams top three rushers in 2013. It was a loss last season and the Huskies will experience the same result in 2014. 

Nov. 15 at Arizona: WIN

While the Huskies are rebuilding, so are the Arizona Wildcats, who lost running back Ka’Deem Carey and quarterback B.J. Denker. While the Huskies will know exactly how this feels to lose their top rusher and passer, the Wildcats feel the pain even more. Denker left no apparent heir because he received almost all playing time at the position. Carey and Denker were the two leaders in terms of rushing touchdowns as well, so the Wildcats’ offense will be suffering in multiple phases. This will likely be a low-scoring affair that the Huskies will win. 

Nov. 22 vs. Oregon State: WIN

For whatever reason, the Huskies have had the Beavers’ number for the last two years. In 2012, it was a close debacle that toppled the ranked Oregon State squad. Last season, the Huskies blew out the Beavers on the road, scoring 69 points. That offensive anomaly won’t happen again this season, but the Huskies will continue their recent winning tradition against Oregon State. 

Nov. 29 at Washington State: LOSS

In a hostile environment where they lost in 2012, the Huskies will fall to their in-state rivals. While they could have scratched out a win here with veterans Sankey and Price, this Washington squad is rebuilding and will have a tough time beating a Cougar program that is on the rise. 

Final record: 8-5 (5-4)

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