The Huskies are considered contenders in the Pac-10 this season and they are even long shots to win the national title at college football betting odds of 45-1.
Bet on college football numbers list Washington as three-point underdogs in their season opener at BYU. The Huskies have had seven straight non-winning seasons but there is a good chance that streak will end this season. The Huskies have a solid offense led by Locker but it is their defense that is the question mark.
The Huskies will be fun to watch with Locker running the offense. He has rushed for 1,554 yards and 23 touchdowns, and passed for 5,374 yards and 36 TDs in his career. Locker is not the only talent on offense as the team returns Chris Polk who rushed for 1,113 yards last season. The receiving corps for Washington is loaded with talent led by Jermaine Kearse who had 50 catches for 866 yards and eight scores last season.
While the offense for the Huskies is exciting, the defense is disappointing. The team has problems all over the field on defense. The front line is a mess and stopping the run is going to be difficult. The team does have senior Mason Foster at linebacker but he doesn’t get much help. The secondary is not that bad but considering teams are going to run the ball almost at will it may not matter. Washington returns kicker Erik Folk and punter Will Mahan. Both players were solid last season.
The Huskies are going to be improved in 2010 but early in the season it may not show. They have a tough opener at BYU and then they host Nebraska two weeks later. A 1-2 start this year is a distinct possibility. It could easily stretch to 1-3 since they open up Pac-10 play at USC. Perhaps the Huskies can spring an upset and start 2-2 as the schedule gets more favorable. Washington will definitely get their chance to impact the national title race with that game against Nebraska on September 18th.