Fight Hunger Bowl Preview

The Cougars defense will have to lead the charge against Washington. Photo Courtesy: Jamie Campbell
The Cougars defense will have to lead the charge against Washington. Photo Courtesy: Jamie Campbell

By Frank LaCosta

Game Info
BYU Cougars vs Washington Huskies
Friday – December 27 – 8:30 PM
AT&T Park – San Francisco

A pretty good matchup between two 8-4 teams sits on the docket. The Huskies enter this game without their former head coach Steve Sarkisian who left for USC. Former standout quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo (current QB coach) will fill in. The Cougars will pound the ball with the run game. The two teams are highly ranked offensive scoring machines. Expect a high scoring affair if the Huskies can get their offense going.

BYU Cougars
The Cougars will be led by sophomore Taysom Hill. The signal caller can aptly rush and pass effectively. He led the team in rushing with 1,211 yards and through the air with 2,645 yards and a combined 28 touchdowns. When Hill wants to hand the ball off, he’ll look no further than Jamaal Williams. Williams is a north-south runner who will bulldoze any who stand in his way. Hill’s favorite target is Cody Hoffman who is tall and fast with great hands. The Cougars defense though is one of the best and will keep BYU in the game.

Washington Huskies
The Huskies are looking for their highest win total since Tuiasosopo was the qb and led the team to a Rose Bowl victory back in 2000. Keith Price is the qb and has gotten back on track after a 2012 slump. He passed for 2,843 yards and 20 tds. He isn’t mobile so the threat of him taking off with the ball isn’t there. Price will leave the rushing duties to junior RB Bishop Sankey who put up 1,775 yards on the ground with 18 tds. He’ll catch the occasional pass as an outlet receiver. WR Kevin Smith will be the main target of Price’s passes. The senior rose in the depth charts to make somewhat of an impact. He only put up one 100 yard game this season. The Huskies defense is their weak link. They’ll give up points. Lots of them.

Prediction: BYU beats the brakes off of Washington to the tune of 45-31