It has been a disappointing year on and off the field for the Washington Huskies. The program that entered the season 20th in the AP Poll is now 4-6 and sliding drastically.
Head coach Jimmy Lake was fired after a one-game suspension for an altercation with a redshirt freshman linebacker on the sidelines. It seems Lake was fired both for his conduct, along with the lack of success the program has seen during his tenure.
The Huskies attempt to salvage their season by winning their final two games to become bowl eligible. That journey starts on Saturday against the 3-7 Colorado Buffaloes.
Colorado finished the 2020 season 4-2 and 3-1 in conference play but has taken a massive step back this season. Even though the Buffaloes have averaged less than 20 points per game this season, the offense has shown improvements over the last three weeks.
How Washington will respond to Lake being fired remains to be seen, but laying a touchdown on the road to a conference opponent may be a bit aggressive.
Last week, Washington jumped out to a 14-0 lead on Arizona State with Lake suspended. But the same problems that plagued Washington all season reared up again, resulting in a 35-30 Sun Devils victory.
Arizona State outgained Washington by 110 yards of total offense and nearly 200 yards on the ground.
Dylan Morris has started under center all season for the Huskies and has averaged 6.6 yards per pass attempt and just over 200 yards per game. He’s thrown 12 touchdowns to go along with 10 interceptions.
Many are calling for true freshman quarterback Sam Huard to start for the remainder of the season. Huard was one of the top pro-style quarterback recruits in the nation, and Washington has bottled him up all season.
The offense has averaged 3.7 yards per rush (93rd) and 6.9 yards per pass attempt (92nd) this season. The group has also averaged 22 points per game and ranks 79th in Rushing Success Rate and 93rd in Passing Success Rate.
Defensively, the Huskies have shown no ability to stop the run all season. Washington ranks 121st in Defensive Rushing Success Rate and 122nd in Line Yards. The Huskies allow five yards per carry this season and over 200 yards rushing in five of their last six games.
Washington owns the sixth-best Passing Success Rate in the nation, but that’s because teams don’t feel the need to pass against it when they know they can run right through it. The Huskies have faced the ninth-fewest pass attempts in the nation and that trend should continue in this matchup.