Rutgers vs Washington College Football Week 1 Betting Predictions
The Washington Huskies open the 2016 season with the sort of expectations they haven’t seen in years — and given that they finished 7-6 last year, those expectations might be a little too high. Rutgers comes in with new head coach Chris Ash after last year’s disappointing 4-8 campaign that saw the Scarlet Knights drop five of six to end the campaign. Washington comes in looking for respect as a contender in the Pac-12, while Rutgers is simply looking for a new start for their program. Check out the rest of the college football lines.
Rutgers vs Washington College Football Week 1 Betting Predictions & TV Info
Why should you bet on the Scarlet Knights?
Opening with a new head coach is often a revival for teams, and Rutgers is no different — since 1924, new head coaches have brought the Scarlet Knights an 11-1 record in their debuts. The Rutgers defensive line is stout, led by defensive tackle Darius Hamilton, who was an all-Big Ten honorable mention in 2014, and they will challenge both the Washington running game and provide a gritty pass rush. If starting quarterback Chris Laviano stumbles out of the gate, the Scarlet Knights also have TCU transfer Zach Allen on the bench.
Why should you put your money on Washington?
While Rutgers has a talented quarterback in Chris Laviano, the Husky secondary is one of the best units in the nation, with cornerback Sidney Jones and safety Budda Baker leading the way. Laviano was the starter last year as well, and while he threw 16 touchdown passes, he also threw 12 picks, so there are likely to be some opportunities for Washington to take a ball back the other way. Washington quarterback Jake Browning had a respectable freshman season but never seemed to make the big play when it was needed. With his favorite wide receiver, John Ross III, coming back this season, he should have more confidence down the field.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While it’s exciting for Rutgers to have a new head football coach in the program, it’s not going to be enough to deliver a win on the West Coast. In fact, I like the Huskies to run roughshod over the Rutgers defense for most of the day. I’m predicting a 44-14 Washington win.