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After three consecutive double-digit win seasons the Washington Huskies dropped back in 2019 to post a final record of 8-5 straight up and 8-5 against the spread that ended with a 38-7 Las Vegas Bowl win over the Boise State Broncos. Washington suffered most from a rebuilding offense that ranked 73rd in the nation overall and 48th for points scored. Defensively the Huskies ranked 40th overall in 23rd for points allowed. Although many U-Dub fans were happy to be rid of four-year starting quarterback Jake Browning, Georgia transfer Jacob Eason did not move the needle any more than Browning did as a senior. Eason finished with a 143.9 passer rating and a 23/8 touchdown to interception ratio with 3132 yards passing. It was the sixth and final season for head coach Chris Petersen, who had simply burned out on the never-ending demands of big-time college football coaching. Looking back, fans, gamblers, and the football community understood why Petersen decided to hang it up as his team was noticeably off kilter all season. Petersen seemed to have lost some of his focus, drive, and fire. While Washington did not want to lose him they respected that Petersen was honest with them and it was the best possible parting of the ways.
2020 Washington Huskies at a Glance
National Championship Odds: +14000
Chris Petersen will be a difficult man to replace. A natural fit as a man of the Northwest, Petersen finished 55-26 at Washington with a 2016 berth in the College Football Playoff. All six of his teams went to bowl games and three of his final four seasons featured teams that finished 16th or better in the nation. Petersen’s teams were known for discipline and cohesiveness. He would not tolerate great players who refused to conform to team first standards. Peterson had a lot of influence and pull as far as his defensive coordinator Jimmy Lake being named as his successor. Lake is expected to upgrade recruiting and modernization efforts. It also helps that his defense was the anchor of the 2019 Huskies. Another factor in Lake’s favor besides having coached at U-Dub from 2014 through 2019 is the fact that he was an NFL assistant from 2006-13 which of course will impress recruits.
2020 Washington Huskies Schedule
Week 1: Saturday, September 5, Michigan Wolverines
Week 2: Saturday, September 12, Sacramento State Hornets
Week 3: Saturday, September 19, Utah State Aggies
Week 4: Bye Week
Week 5: Saturday, October 3, at Oregon Ducks
Week 6: Saturday, October 10, Oregon State Beavers
Week 7: Saturday, October 17, at Utah Utes
Week 8: Friday, October 23, Arizona Wildcats
Week 9: Saturday, October 31, at California Golden Bears
Week 10: Saturday, November 7, Stanford Cardinal
Week 11: Saturday, November 14, at USC Trojans
Week 12: Saturday, November 21, Colorado Buffaloes
Week 13: Friday, November 27, at Washington State Cougars
2020 Washington Huskies Regular Season Preview
Lake takes over a program that was considered to be an underachiever for 2019. Eason has moved on to the NFL along with a host of other Huskies which will add to the difficulty of a coaching transition.
The quarterback position is expected to be wide open and the loss of spring football to COVID-19 was most untimely. Sophomore Jacob Simon will get the first crack with his prototypical build of six feet, five inches tall along and 234 pounds. Overall, just four starters return to the offense.
One position that looks set is at running back where sophomore Richard Newton returns after scoring 11 touchdowns in 10 games.
The Huskies will also be looking for a new number one receiver but do boast one of the best tight ends in the Pac-12 with junior Cade Otton.
Defensively Lake has seven of his starters returning to the lineup for his rookie season as head coach. Cornerback Elijah Molden and defensive tackle Levi Onwuzurike were both first-team All-Pac-12 honorees for 2019 and will headline the defense.
It looks like Oregon is the new power of the North Division, at least until Lake gets recruiting back up to speed.
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