Washington vs. Portland State - 9/17/16 College Football Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Portland State Vikings (1-1) at Washington Huskies (2-0)
College Football: Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 8:00 pm (Husky Stadium)
The Line: Washington Huskies -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds
The Portland State Vikings and Washington Huskies clash late Saturday night at Husky Stadium.
The Portland State Vikings would love nothing more than to get a game above .500 after pulling off an upset. Alex Kuresa is completing 54.2 percent of his passes for 357 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions. Kuresa needs to take care of the football for the Vikings to hang in this game. Maximo Espitia and Paris Penn have combined for 161 receiving yards and two touchdowns while Darnell Adams has four receptions. The Portland State Vikings ground game is averaging 244 yards per contest, and Penn leads the way with 164 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Portland State is allowing 46 points and 543.5 yards per game. Anthony McNichols leads the Vikings with 18 tackles, Austin Wolff has one sack and Tyler Foreman has three pass deflections.
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The Washington Huskies look for a quick 3-0 start after waxing their first two opponents by a combined score of 107-27. Jake Browning is completing 74.5 percent of his passes for 581 yards, eight touchdowns and one interception. Browning has thrown three or more touchdowns in three of his last five games. John Ross and Chico McClatcher have combined for 285 receiving yards and six touchdowns while Dante Pettis has eight receptions. The Washington Huskies ground game is averaging 108.5 yards per contest, and Myles Gaskin leads the way with 124 yards and one touchdown. Defensively, Washington is allowing 13.5 points and 313 yards per game. Azeem Victor leads the Huskies with 17 tackles, Vita Vea has 2.5 sacks and Connor O'Brien has one interception.
Portland State doesn't appear to be the decent team from last season that managed to upset Washington State opening week. Instead, the Vikings are struggling defensively and have turned the ball over seven times in three games. Meanwhile, Washington is living up to the hype of being a Pac-12 contender and has crushed its first two matchups. Granted, the Huskies haven't played much, but Portland State falls into the same boat.
The Huskies should win this game by 30-plus points.