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What to observe for when Washington wraps a tumultuous week by internet hosting ASU, plus Mike Vorel’s prediction

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Arizona State (6-3) at Washington (4-5)

4 p.m. Saturday, Husky Stadium.

TV: FS1. Radio: SportsRadio 950 KJR.

Newest line: Solar Devils by 6.

YOUR key gamers

QB Dylan Morris: 60.4% completions, 1,920 passing yards, 11 go TD, 9 INT, 2 rush TD

RB Sean McGrew: 431 dashing yards, 4.0 yards per carry, 8 rush TD, 41 receiving yards

ILB Carson Bruener: 39 tackles, 2 pressured fumbles, 1.5 sacks, 1.5 tackles for loss, 1 INT

DB Dominique Hampton: 19 tackles, 1 go breakup, 1 FF

Arizona State key gamers

QB Jayden Daniels: 67.3% completions, 1,880 passing yards, 7 go TD, 7 INT, 482 dashing yards, 5.7 YPC, 4 rush TD

RB Rachaad White: 685 dashing yards, 6.0 YPC, 12 rush TD, 29 catches, 286 receiving yards, 1 receiving TD

LB Darien Butler: 60 tackles, 7.5 TFL, 3 INT, 2 sacks, 2 PBU

LB Kyle Soelle: 55 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 PBU

Bizarro World Washington

All of the Washington Huskies have to do that week is endure the suspension of their head coach and the firing of their offensive coordinator, block out the inevitable noise accompanying these selections, then beat 6-3 Arizona State on Saturday afternoon. However that’s it. Critically, that’s every little thing. Underneath appearing head coach Bob Gregory, interim offensive coordinator Junior Adams and elevated quarterbacks coach Payton McCollum, UW is understandably a six-point underdog, regardless of taking part in at dwelling. The Huskies must win two of their final three video games to keep away from lacking postseason play for the primary time since 2009. Can they eradicate distractions and execute on Saturday? Can Adams elevate an offense that managed to achieve simply 166 complete yards in final weekend’s loss to Oregon? Can UW — to cite Gregory — “recover from the hurdle”? We’ll discover out quickly sufficient.

Stuffing the run

If it looks as if it is a key to each UW sport, that’s as a result of it normally is. Of their 4-5 begin, the Huskies rank 10th within the Pac-12 in opponent yards per carry (4.84) and 11th in dashing protection (195.78 yards allowed per sport). UW has surrendered greater than 200 dashing yards 5 occasions this season, and greater than 300 yards twice. Most not too long ago, Oregon uncovered the Huskies for 329 dashing yards, 5.9 yards per carry and a pair of dashing touchdowns final weekend. On the opposite aspect, Arizona State is coming off of a 31-16 victory over USC that featured 282 dashing yards, 6.7 yards per carry and 4 dashing touchdowns — together with 202 yards, 7.2 yards per rush and three scores by redshirt senior Rachaad White. Unsurprisingly, the Huskies are 1-4 this season once they give up greater than 200 yards on the bottom. Run protection is normally the distinction.

Ending the battle

Prepared for a surprising disparity? UW is the one group within the nation that has scored on 100% of its pink zone journeys. And but, the Huskies rating touchdowns within the pink zone simply 65.38% of the time — rating eighth within the Pac-12 and 50th within the nation. UW has struggled to complete drives, significantly not too long ago. In final weekend’s 26-16 loss to Oregon, UW had offensive drives finish on the Oregon 46-yard line, the 50, the Oregon 42, the Oregon 24, the Oregon 46 (once more) and the Oregon 49. The Huskies scored zero factors on these drives. Underneath Adams’ course, can UW translate sustained drives into touchdowns? And may it take a change at quarterback to make that occur? Regardless, the Huskies will virtually definitely want greater than 16 factors to stave off the Solar Devils on Saturday evening.

Vorel’s prediction

UW would have been an underdog on Saturday, even when it hadn’t fired its offensive coordinator and suspended its head coach in the course of the week of the sport. Now? The hurdle that wants clearing simply obtained an entire lot increased. Finally, there’s little to recommend that UW will have the ability to cease Arizona State’s operating assault — that includes each White and dual-threat quarterback Jayden Daniels — on Saturday. And although Adams’ presence because the play-caller might marginally assist, UW’s incapability to run the soccer and inconsistent quarterback play is probably going greater than a one-week repair. Washington might want to drive a pair turnovers to drag a house upset. If that doesn’t occur, count on UW to fall inside Husky Stadium for a second consecutive week.

Closing rating: Solar Devils 31, Huskies 20



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