The Washington Huskies have survived two tough games to begin the season. Taking on Boise State in week one and stomping them was impressive but traveling to face a resurgent Illinois Fighting Illini and beating them handily was equally as impressive. This could be one of the best teams that’s not talked about in the top-25.
On the other side of the field, the Idaho State Bengals are 2-0 after facing no-names in Dixie State and Western State — handily. They are one of the top FCS teams so far this season as they sit atop the Big Sky standings with their unbeaten record.
Washington is led by senior quarterback Keith Price who has engineered this offense considerably well. Price has passed for 666 yards, four touchdowns and an interception through two games. Running back Bishop Sankey has helped this team become a solid run squad, racking up 369 yards on 60 carries and three touchdowns this season. He is a sure candidate for the Heisman through the first two games.
Idaho State averages nearly 35 points per game behind the strong arm of quarterback Justin Arias. The Bengals average over 500 yards per game through their first two contests and Arias has been lights on through the air. He has passed for 868 yards, four touchdowns and an interception through two games. If this team wants any chance to beat the Huskies on the road, he will have to play larger than life.
Defensively, the Huskies shut down a talented Boise State team and kept an improved Illinois offense under wraps for most of the game, allowing just over 300 yards. Idaho State allows just over 260 yards per game, with most of those yards through the air, and 8.5 points. Keith Price may have a big day against the struggling secondary.
Idaho State will travel to Washington to take on the Huskies at 3 p.m. EST on Saturday, Sept. 21. The game will be broadcasted on the Pac-12 Network.
PREDICTION: Idaho State 20, Washington 40