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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Season previews by our opponents: CU & UW

I'll be posting some of the preseason game predictions as done by our opponent's news/bloggers. With only a few weeks to go for our season opener, I'll be doubling up the previews. Here's our first two foes of the season. Colorado and Washington.

David Gerhardt from The Ralphie Report blog predicts that his Buffaloes will take this game by a few touchdowns.
The key for them (and for us) will be how well they are able to stop the run and how well they handle screen passes. If we can establish the ground game and counter their blitzes with the occasional screen or pass out into the flat, we should have no trouble handling the Warriors and their elephant.
Last year we had both Rodney Stewart and Brian Lockridge go for 100 yards on the ground, we had a great half of offensive football (the 2nd half) and our defense held them to the second fewest points they scored all year.

Jeff Taylor, from the Husky Haul, also predicts that his Huskies will not give Hawaii a warm welcome when we visit.

Defense is never the primary focus for Hawaii, but senior LB Corey Parades is on the Butkus Award watch-list.
All that said, they are coming to Seattle. Hawaii traditionally does very well at home (6-1 last year with loss to USC). However, they traditionally struggle on the mainland. UW will be tested the week before against another high octane air offense against Eastern Washington, so that will be an opportunity for the Husky secondary to get their bearings before Hawaii lets it loose. I think UW is more balanced on both sides of the ball and definitely more experienced, so they should be able to pick Hawaii apart on offense.

I have no opinions to give on this, as it is not I who will be lacing it up on the field. I will let our Warriors do the talking and see who comes out victorious in these first two weeks.


  • At Friday, August 26, 2011 at 7:31:00 AM HST, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Well, Mr. Taylor, how smug of you! The last two visits to Washington (73 and 09) resulted
    in wins for the Warriors. Last season the Warriors defense led the nation in takeaways!
    But of course, the Warrior offense gets most
    of the publicity. The Huskies will be up against a veteran defense, and a veteran qb (Bryant Moniz).


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