After recording three straight double-digit winning seasons, and claiming two Pac-12 conference crowns along the way, the Washington Huskies have one main goal in mind heading into the upcoming 2019 regular season. Win another conference title – while really making a big challenge to reach the College Football Playoff for the second time in the last four years.
If you’re planning on betting on or against the Huskies this coming season, then you need to know as much as possible about Chris Petersen’s team as some big changes loom on the horizon. Thanks to my expert college football betting guide on the now, perennially-powerful Huskies, you’re going to get just that – a ton of insightful betting information. Now, let’s get started.
Washington Huskies 2019 College Football Season Betting Guide
2018 Betting Statistics
- ATS: 10-4 (W-L) / 4-10-0 (ATS) / 2-5-0 (Home) / 2-5-0 (Away) / 1-3-0 (Grass) / 3-7-0 (Turf)
- O/U: 3-11-0 (W-L) / 2-5-0 (Home) / 1-6-0 (Away) / 1-3-0 (Grass) / 2-8-0 (Turf) / 42.7 (Total)
Washington might have gone a fine, 10-4 a year ago, but they were an abysmal team to bet on last season by going 4-10 ATS while covering the chalk just twice at home and on the road.
2018 Team Leaders
- Touchdowns: Myles Gaskin (13)
- Rushing: Myles Gaskin (1268)
- Passing: Jake Browning (3192)
- Receiving: Aaron Fuller (874)
- Interceptions: Byron Murphy (4)
All-time program rushing leader Myles Gaskin rushed for a team-high 1,268 yards and 13 scores a year ago, while four-year starting quarterback Jake Browning passed for 3,192 yards despite tossing just 16 TD passes and 10 interceptions. Now, senior wide receiver Aaron Fuller caught 58 passes for a team-high 874 yards while now, junior defensive back Byron Murphy led the team with four interceptions. While Fuller and Murphy will both be back in 2019, the Huskies need to find suitable replacements for both, Gaskin and Browning.
- Total Yards: 415.5 / Rank 52
- Passing Yards: 238.4 / Rank 62
- Rushing Yards: 177.1 /Rank 55
- Points Scored: 26.4 / Rank 89
- Field Goal %: 72.7 / Rank 72
The Huskies were solid, but certainly not overpowering on offense a year ago as they finished 52nd overall, 62nd in passing, 55th in rushing and an uninspiring 89th in scoring (26.4 ppg).
- Total Yards: 306.2 / Rank 12
- Passing Yards: 190.1 / Rank 25
- Rushing Yards: 116.1 /Rank 15
- Points Allowed: 16.4 / Rank 5
- Field Goal %: 68 / Rank 38
On the defensive side of the ball, Washington was mostly phenomenal in finishing the 2018 campaign ranked 12th overall, 25th against the pass, 15th against the run and a stellar fifth in points allowed (16.4 ppg).
Washington will have one of the biggest and best offensive lines in the country this coming season with four returning starters, including All-PAC-12 senior center Nick Harris, 6-foot-5, 307-pound junior left guard Luke Wattenberg, 6-foot-7, 320-pound sophomore right guard Jaxson Kirkland and 6-foot-7, 305-pound senior right tackle Jared Hilbers. Unfortunately though, while Petersen inherits an elite, five-star recruit in in Georgia transfer quarterback Jacob Eason, it still remains to be seen just how good he is and how he’ll perform given he chance to be a long-term starter.
Washington also has question marks at running back after losing a four-year starter and the school’s all-time leading rusher in Gaskin. Combine all of that with the fact that the Huskies will have to find a whopping nine new starters on the defensive side of the ball and it’s easy to come to the conclusion that the Huskies could take a slight step backwards in 2019…at least theoretically.
The good news is that is looks like Washington will get off to an easy 4-0 start through their first quartet of contests before they hit the meat of their Pac-12 schedule. In addition to that, I don’t believe there are many coaches in the nation that are as good as Chris Petersen. Still, the Huskies have what looks like difficult road matchups against Stanford and Arizona and another pair of tricky home dates against Oregon and Utah, two teams that both won nine games last season. Even with a new quarterback under center, a new starting tailback and an almost entire;y new defense, I think the Huskies will somehow manage to eke out 10 victories, though anything beyond that looks like a stretch to me.