Huskies have outscored their last two FCS opponents 90-3.
The last time they played, in 1951, Washington beat Montana 58-7. The 51-point margin remains the 10th-most lopsided victory in UW history.
Not sure anyone would be surprised if there’s a similar outcome Saturday night at Husky Stadium. Kickoff between No. 7 UW (1-0) and Montana (1-0) is set for a 5 p.m. broadcast on the Pac-12 Network.
The Huskies still have much to prove after last week’s uninspired victory at Rutgers. You’d think they would come out with more emotion in their home opener. You’d think they want to establish themselves at the line scrimmage, establish a run game and put the game out reach by halftime.
They should be able to do all of that.
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And yet you can’t help but think about another recent Big Sky team coming to Husky Stadium — Eastern Washington in 2014 — and nearly knocking off a young UW team. There are a handful of Huskies who played in that game as freshmen, and you can be sure they haven’t forgotten their narrow escape against Vernon Adams, Cooper Kupp and Co.
Of course, the Huskies did what they should have done the past two years against two other FCS teams, outscoring Sacramento State and Portland State by a combined 90-3.
It’ll probably be more of the same Saturday. Should be a big night for UW’s run game, and for its young reserves.
Prediction: Huskies 52, Montana 9.
Around the Pac-12:
Colorado (-35.5) vs. Texas State: Have we been overlooking the reigning Pac-12 South champs? Buffs looked pretty good against Colorado State last week. The pick: Colorado 38, Texas State 10.
Oregon (-14) vs. Nebraska: The great Mike Riley makes his return to Eugene, where he had little success as the Oregon State coach. Nebraska was lucky to escape with a win at home against Arkansas State last week. Hard to imagine the Huskers slowing down the Ducks’ offense. The pick: Oregon 42, Nebraska 30.
UCLA (-23.5) vs. Hawaii: Bruins shouldn’t need a miracle comeback this week. The pick: UCLA 44, Hawaii 24.
Cal (-28) vs. Weber State: Heck of a debut for Justin Wilcox and Ross Bowers at North Carolina. The pick: Cal 44, Weber State 17.
USC (-6.5) vs. Stanford: This line seems awfully big. Going with USC here … but I don’t feel good about it. The pick: USC 28, Stanford 27.
Oregon State (-2) vs. Minnesota: The Beavers are favored? Really?!? The pick: Minnesota 23, Oregon State 17.
Utah (-1) at BYU: Utes offense had a so-so showing under new coordinator Troy Taylor. It should be better Week 2 (right?). The pick: Utah 30, BYU 24.
Washington State (-10.5) vs. Boise State: Cougs win, but it’ll be close. The pick: Wazzu 35, Boise State 31.
Houston (-1.5) at Arizona: No idea what to make of Arizona still. The pick: Houston 38, Arizona 35.
Arizona State (-3.5) vs. San Diego State: No idea what to make of Arizona State still. The pick: Arizona State 30, SDSU 24.