Washington Season Preview: Playoff or Bust?

Washington Season Preview: Playoff or Bust?

A redshirt transfer at quarterback. A brutal schedule. A rabid fanbase. Questions and upheaval surround the Huskies this offseason. They’re more talented than ever, former Georgia quarterback Jacob Eason will take his first snaps in Husky purple this season after being made to sit out a year. Eason brings a new dimension to Seattle after years of Jake Browning’s high floor but low ceiling play. If everything clicks, Eason has the kind of talent that can take Washington to the playoff. They have a schedule with enough strength to impress the committee, however winning enough games will be a tough ask.

A Brutal Schedule

The brutality of Washington’s schedule starts in game two when Eason and his offense go up against potentially the best secondary in the country in Cal. Things don’t get any easier with a trip to Stanford and home games against Oregon and Utah. Utah are the favourites in the PAC-12 South and will be a mean defense. Whilst Oregon and Stanford have talented offense who will match up well against the Huskies. Washington then closes the season with the Apple Cup game against Washington State. Whilst State aren’t the toughest of foes on the schedule, crazy things happen in rivalry week. Washington will need to be at their best week after week if they are to make the PAC-12 Championship game.

Offensive Trio Will Define The Season

Washington return senior tackle Trey Adams who is a premier bookend when healthy. His last two seasons have been destroyed by injury and it has brought the Huskies seasons down with him. Getting Adams back healthy will only help Jacob Eason bed in to this scheme.

In addition to Adams, Washington returns now junior running back Salvon Ahmed. Ahmed was mainly a backup to Myles Gaskin over his two years in Seattle, however in limited touches he has looked electric. Averaging over six yards per carry for his career, Ahmed has limited tread on his tyres and possesses electric footwork and agility. He could be the x-factor of this offense.

The Defense Will Produce Like Normal

Defensive end Levi Onwuzurike is the biggest name on a defense that is likely to send four DB’s to the NFL in the next draft. This unit has potential to be match winning in its ability. Expect the secondary to force turnovers and make it tough to throw against the Huskies. They will need to step up their run defense from a year ago if they want to dominate next season.

Record

A major bowl appearance will be seen as a must every season under Pederson. Washington has CFP potential, but will need to win some big games to get there.

Ceiling – 13-1 (Loss in the CFP Semi Final)

Floor – 6-6 (Losses: Cal, Stanford, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Washington State)

Prediction – 10-2 (Losses: Oregon, Utah)

Photo – UW Dawg Pound

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