Oklahoma Sooners (2-0) 20 at Washington Huskies 0-2 (0-1 in Pac-10) +20 Saturday September 13 Husky Stadium (72,500) Seattle, Washington 7:45 EST
by Wilson of Predictem.com
The Washington Huskies will have their hands full once again this weekend as the No. 3 ranked Sooners head to the U District in downtown Seattle for what sportsbooks are predicting to be a twenty point win for the Sooners.
Husky quarterback Jake Locker and company will be more than ready to play as they were shafted last week at home with a questionable celebration call. Locker scrambled for a last second touchdown to potentially tie the game against BYU, but after the penalty and a blocked 35 yard extra point attempt the Huskies were left with just 2 seconds to play resulting in a one point loss. I would hate to be the guy who made that call! Anyway you look at it, the Dawgs are a huge underdog this week.
The Huskies will have to incorporate more offense outside of Lockers usual performance because Oklahoma will definitely key on the Huskys star QB. Locker has been nearly the entire offensive threat for Washington at this point in the season. He ran for two touchdowns and hooked up with freshmen Jermaine Kearse on a 48-yard TD pass in the first half and was really the only spark in the Oregon loss two weeks ago in Eugene.
Washington (0-2 ATS) hopefully will get more position players involved and make the Sooners account for more than just Locker’s role.
During a press conference coach Willingham responded to a comment regarding the team’s youth as a reason for their 0-2 start by saying his staff does not use youth as an excuse but rather they focus on execution and success. They expect all players to learn the system and perform.
Oklahoma will bring every bit of their arsenal into Husky stadium and try to humble the Huskies as quickly as possible. Sooner QB Sam Bradford, who threw for five touchdowns last week, will likely hook up again with freshmen wide receiver Ryan Broyles. Broyles pulled in seven catches for 141 yards and one touchdown. The longest reception was a 43-yard connection.
The Sooners handed Cincinnati a 52-26 beating by nearly doubling the numbers in every category. OU totaled 592 yards total offense on 30 first downs.
Although the total is not out yet, the spread should speak volumes (OU -20) as Stoops and the gang will likely hand the Huskies their third consecutive loss and second at home. Although I expect the score to be closer than most would guess in Husky Stadium.
During each of its last three seasons, Oklahoma has suffered stunning September losses. But with a 52-26 victory against Cincinnati here Saturday, the No. 4 Sooners conquered what could be their toughest September Challenge. New York Times. However, I believe Washington may just pull some magic and possibly scare OU.
Washington has only faced the Sooners twice before. The most recent meeting was two years ago in Norman with OU winning 37-20, and the first was in the 1985 Orange Bowl when the Huskies beat Barry Switzer’s Sooners 28-17.
By the way, OU, who is ranked No. 3 in the country, is the highest ranked non-conference team to visit Husky stadium since 1969 when #1-ranked Ohio State beat the Huskies, 41-14. The Huskies will have an opportunity to shock the college football world if they upset the Sooners on Saturday.
Wilson’s Pick: Hey, the Sooners are a great football program with exceptional talent, but Washington is not going to lose by twenty points at home. I like the Huskies to cover the spread.