The PAC-12 is very quickly turning into one of the toughest conferences in college football, with USC and Oregon looking as though they are going to be much better this season. There is also a lot of buzz about Stanford, and while the Washington Huskies went to the playoffs last season, a lot of people are downplaying their chances of repeating that feat his season, mostly because of the expected rise of the Ducks and the Trojans. This is something that may actually help the Huskies, as it is sure to relieve a little bit of pressure and improve their NCAAF odds.That will only last so long, though, especially if they come out early and play as well as they did last season. They certainly have a shot at having a dominant Week 1 of the 2017 college football season, as they will open things up against a Rutgers Scarlet Knights team that is still very much in the rebuilding phase. This is a team that will almost certainly do better than the 2 wins that they managed last season, but for this matchup, Rutgers is a -27½ underdog against Washington this Friday.
In Depth Analysis on the Washington vs. Rutgers Week 1 NCAAF Odds & Game InfoWhen: Friday September 1 at 8 PM ESTWhere: High Point Solutions Stadium, PiscatawayTV: FS1Live Stream: FOX Sports GONCAAF Odds: Washington Huskies -27½ (-110)Weather Forecast
- Partly Cloudy: 17°C/62°F
- Humidity: 49%
- Precipitation: 0%
- Cloud Cover: 41%
- Wind: 2 mph NNW
- Stadium Type: Open
Why Bet on the Washington Huskies?These two teams hooked up last year, and it was Washington who came away with a 48-13 win in that one. I actually believe that the Huskies might even be better this season, especially on the defensive side of the NCAA football, where they have no less than 7 starters returning. Anyone trying to run the NCAA football on this team is going to be in for a long afternoon, and with the secondary looking as though it is going to be vastly improved, they are going to be very difficult for any team to break down.27 ½ points is a lot to cover, but as they proved against Rutgers last season, it can be done. Overall, Washington were 7-7 ATS last season, but they are also a very solid 10-5 ATS in their last 15 road games. The O/U is set at 52 points for this game, and it’s worth noting that 6 of the last 8 games that the Huskies played on the road went OVER, but this one may well hinge on whether Rutgers can get any points on the board.
Latest NCAAF Odds Trends
- Washington Huskies are 15-2 SU in its last 17 NCAAF games
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Washington’s last 5 NCAAF games
- Washington is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 NCAAF games on the road
- The Huskies are 7-1 SU in its last 8 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Washington’s last 8 NCAAF games on the road
Why Bet on the Rutgers Scarlet Knights?This is probably not the ideal opening game for a team looking to rebound from a truly awful season in 2016, especially if this meeting plays out the way it did last year. Yes, Rutgers are going to be better, with their offense almost certainly improved over last season, but are they going to be able to break down what is almost certainly one of the best defenses in college football?Kyle Bolin, who the Huskies brought in from Louisville, will be under center for the Scarlet Knights this season, and he has a very nice crop of receivers to throw to. The big question, in this game at least, is whether he will be allowed the time to load up and hit those guys. If the O-line can hang in there, Rutgers might just be able to see some offensive success, although not enough to seriously challenge the Washington Huskies over the course of 4 quarters.
Latest NCAAF Odds Trends
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 2-6 ATS in its last 8 NCAAF games
- The Scarlet Knights are 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Rutgers’s last 6 NCAAF games
- Rutgers Scarlet Knights are 3-7 ATS in its last 10 NCAAF games at home
- The Scarlet Knights are 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home