The Rainbow Warriors travel to Washington this weekend flying high after already defeating two Pac 12 opponents this season. Coming off an 8-6 season last year, Hawaii has started off their 2019 campaign motivated to improve upon last seasons results. The Rainbow Warriors, who have secured two home victories against Arizona and Oregon State, are now seeking a third straight victory against a Pac-12 foe this Saturday when they ship off to Seattle and face the Huskies. With a win, the Warriors could potentially land a spot on the AP Poll for the first time since 2010.
Dawgs need to stop the run
Washington, who has dropped to #23 in the AP Poll, will need to go back to the drawing board this week. Last weekend’s loss at home vs Cal left the Dawgs with more questions about their team than answers. The Huskies will need to find a solution to their run defense before Saturday’s game vs Hawaii. The 192 yards rushing by California was the most by any opponent that has faced Washington since the Fiesta Bowl two years ago when Saquon Barkley put up 203 yards for Penn State.
Sloppy tackling and loss of contain also proved to be problematic for this Husky defense. Husky edge defenders were continually drawn into the interior and sealed off by Cal’s tight ends and tackles, effectively wiping them out of plays and creating huge running lanes for running backs Chris Brown Jr. and Marcel Dancy. They will have to be more physical in setting the edge on the line of scrimmage starting this weekend vs Hawaii. The Husky defense will also need to do a better job in the turnover department as they were unable to secure any this past weekend against the Bears.
Dropped passes by the Husky receivers are another issue that needs to be addressed by this Washington team. Aaron Fuller, Chico McClatcher, Andre Baccellia and Salvon Ahmed all dropped very catchable balls in Saturday’s loss to Cal. Andre Baccellia also missed an opportunity to drag his back foot for an easy touchdown opportunity for the Dawgs. The Huskies will need to eliminate these types of mistakes if they want to have an opportunity to be successful for the rest of this season.
There are some good things to build on. Some things that need improving. We will see how much gets corrected this weekend when the Dawgs take on the Rainbow Warriors in Husky Stadium at 4:30 pm.