Football season will soon be here and with it, time to look at some some of the power teams in the power conferences. Publications have already started previewing teams and conferences, as he was size up the favorites, sleepers and under dogs. Let’s take a look at the Pac 12 and the Washington Huskies.
How do the oddsmakers see them doing this year?
Steve Sarkisian’s career took off and he left Seattle, to be replaced by Chris Petersen. Who’s eye-popping 92-12 career coaching record landed him the gig at Washington. This situation is still certainly win-win. With a winning percentage like that, who wants to be against Petersen this season? Betting on sports has become very popular worldwide. With the ease and accessibility of online sportsbooks you can bet on almost any sport you can think of online. So should you bet on UW? Can you put your confidence in the Huskies
In 2014, I fully expect the Washington football team to keep sailing along like a schooner on Puget Sound as they make a change in the wheel house. Nine starters return on a defense that was a lot better than what we’ve been accustomed to in Seattle lately.
It had seemed like dominant Husky defenses went out of style around the same time as Grunge music, but this unit had more hits than Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Soundgarden combined in 2013. Led by Danny Shelton, Shaq Thompson and Hau’oli Kikaha (please don’t ask me to even try to pronounce that name) they will be SOLID! The offense will be as noisy as music driving a mosh pit in a Seattle rock club too. Sure they lost their biggest weapons in Mike Price, Bishop Sankey and Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, but seven starters return to a unit that was top 20 in all the major categories.
Husky football is still a couple pegs below the Quack Attack and Stanford in the Pac 12 pecking order. However, I think they’ll contend for the Pac 12 North title, and continue to convey that this is a program on the rise. After a fast start, and then a mid season slide, the 2013 Huskies finished strong to complete a nine win season. They need to match or exceed that this year. After all, they don’t want their fans to have a sense of “buyer’s remorse” given that all that money was invested in a shiny, new expensive stadium.