Week 11 - Colorado at Washington

Posted Nov 7, 2013

Week 11 Pac-12 Fearless Prediction & Preview - Colorado at Washington

Colorado (3-5) at Washington (5-3) Nov. 9, 8:00, Pac-12 Network

Why You Should Give A Hoot: Washington returns to action following its second—and final—bye of the season needing a win to become bowl-eligible for the fourth consecutive year. Beyond just the postseason game, the Huskies are determined to elevate above the 7-6 threshold, which has haunted them each season since 2010. U-Dub needs to show that it's making progress, which is going to require a strong November. While it won't be visible by the record, Colorado continues to push forward for first-year head coach Mike MacIntyre. The Buffaloes, for instance, stayed with UCLA for a half last weekend, using underclassmen at plenty of positions. Yeah, they still haven't beaten an FBS team since the opener, but growth in Boulder gets measured differently than it does on other Pac-12 campuses.

Why Colorado Might Win: It's coming along slowly, but the Buffaloes are heading in the right direction on offense. True freshman QB Sefo Liufau, who was recruited by Washington, is improving with every start, throwing for 247 yards and a touchdown against the Bruins. In WR Paul Richardson, he has a field-stretcher averaging more than 17 yards a reception. Colorado is also hoping to regain the services of budding rookie RB Michael Adkins, though Christian Powell filled in just fine with 97 yards a week ago.

Why Washington Might Win: The Buffaloes still have a very long way to go on defense. They're next to last in the league against the pass and in the basement against the run. The Huskies have too many weapons and too much balance for Colorado. Bishop Sankey is one of the premier running backs in the country, and he'll get plenty of chances to run downhill against this opponent. QB Keith Price benefitted from the week away from contact, which allowed him to rest his banged-up body.

Who To Watch Out For: Husky WR Kasen Williams is out for the year with a leg injury. He'll be missed, but the program is deep at the position, and it'll get a chance to better showcase someone like Damore'ea Stringfellow, who has a similar build as Williams.

- Liufau has shown a lot of toughness in his first few outings. Unfortunately, he's had to be a little too tough, absorbing a lot of contact from opposing defenders. The Buffaloes must do a better job of protecting a player capable of becoming the franchise in Boulder.

- Stability or injuries has not been a problem for the Washington D this year. Save for the Idaho State game, when Thomas Tutogi started in place of John Timu at inside linebacker, the Huskies have used the same lineup every week.

What Will Happen: Colorado will have to continue settling for moral victories. The Buffaloes won't have enough stoppers on defense to corral a well-rested Washington team that can move the ball a variety of different ways. Sankey, in particular, will roll to another huge day, beefing up his Doak Walker Award resume.

Prediction: Washington 45 … Colorado 20
Line: Washington -28 o/u: 60.5
Must See Rating: (5 The Wolf of Wall Street – 1 Ass Backwards) … 2
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