Washington will head to Boulder this weekend with hopes of getting a step closer to bowl eligibility. But, while the Huskies will be favored by 6.5 points, the Colorado Buffaloes are not going to go down without a fight. The Buffaloes broke a nine-game Washington winning streak with a win at home over the Huskies in 2019,
Colorado Vs. Washington Betting Odds
|DraftKings||Washington -7 (-105)|
Colorado +7 (-115)
|Over 43 (-115)
Under 43 (-105)
|BetMGM||Washington -7 (-110)|
Colorado +7 (-110)
|Over 43.5 (-105)
Under 43.5 (-115)
|Caesars||Washington -6.5 (-110)|
Colorado +6.5 (-110)
|Over 43 (-110)
Under 43 (-110)
|BetRivers||Washington -6.5 (-114)|
Colorado +6.5 (-107)
|Over 43 (-109)
Under 43 (-112)
Washington Huskies (4-6 SU, 3-7 ATS)
A wrench got thrown in the Washington season prior to last week’s game against Arizona State when head coach Jimmy Lake was suspended. Now, a bigger one has been thrown in with Lake having been fired. However, the resulting adversity may be just what the Huskies need to make a strong push in their final two games.
Win both, and they become bowl eligible.
This week, any chance of the Huskies winning will start with their defense, which has played well overall despite the team having a down year. Yes, Washington struggles tremendously against the run, but it is the best in the country against the pass, allowing 136.3 yards per game. Washington also has the conference’s No. 1 scoring defense.
With how their offense has performed this season, the Huskies cannot lean on it even against a lackluster team like Colorado. But the defense has come through for them in several games this season. Despite their issues against the run, teams are not scoring a lot against them (21.2 points per game). Turnovers forced by the defense have led to points in each of their three conference wins. That was instrumental in keeping the Arizona State game close, but a pick-6 thrown by QB Dylan Morris late in the game did them in.
The Huskies may move the ball better than they have all season against Colorado’s defense, but they might not. The most that fans may be able to hope for from the offense is a turnover-free game. Washington has had two this season. As much as the Huskies struggle to score, the last thing they need to do is help the other team do it.
Colorado Buffaloes (3-7 SU, 4-6 ATS)
It is easy to be impressed when you see that a team is ranked No. 1 in the country in pass defense, but you have to wonder if that is because the team is that good or if opponents don’t pass much on it because they are too busy running the ball. And everyone has run on the Huskies this year.
But Colorado has been up and down when it comes to the running game. Three times they gained less than 100 yards in a game on the ground. In one game, the Buffaloes failed to gain a single yard. They have also had five games in which they ran for 170+ yards. So, the Buffaloes have enjoyed some success when running the ball this year.
Against a run defense that gives up, on average, more than 200 yards a game, they should see some daylight.
Of course, if their porous defense struggles to keep the Washington offense off the field, then it may not matter whether they can get the run game on track. The Huskies are a better passing team than they are a running one, which could play right into the strength of the Buffaloes’ defense. They have been better against the pass than the run.
There is a chance the Buffaloes keep this one close. They might even pull out a win. The Buffaloes have been running the ball well lately and will likely try to do so again this week. Against the Huskies’ run defense, that should not be too hard. Since the Washington offense may not be on the field a lot, they will need to capitalize on as many possessions as possible, which may be asking too much from them.