Friday, December 27, 2013
Fight Hunger Bowl predictions
By Kevin Gemmell
Kevin improved to 2-1 in the bowl season by picking Oregon State over Boise State, while Ted falls to 0-3 in the postseason. Kevin leads Ted by three games with six to play. His season record is 77-18. Ted sits at 74-21.
Fight Hunger Bowl: BYU vs. Washington
Kevin Gemmell: I’ve got a pretty decent record picking against BYU. I picked Utah correctly last year and this year I had picked the Cody Vaz-led Beavers to win in Provo in 2012. Picking Washington State in the season opener last year still haunts me. BYU has a knack for winning in the postseason. They are very good at embracing the us-vs.-the-world mentality. They have playmakers who, when not checked, can be dangerous. So a disciplined, schematically-sound performance from Washington will be needed. Taysom Hill will get his yards. The question is how many will be 5-yard runs vs. 25-yard runs. Washington is the better team on paper. If the Huskies can put all of the external distractions aside -- and the fact that they quickly hired an A-list coach helps -- they should win this game. All eyes will naturally be on Keith Price and Bishop Sankey. But I see a big game from Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Washington 38, BYU 27.
Ted Miller: All things being equal, Washington should win this game. It has a good enough run defense to slow down the Cougars, and Price, Sankey and company should be able to move the ball against a middling BYU defense. But all things are not equal. The Cougars have coaching stability, not to mention a coach in Bronco Mendenhall who is 6-2 in bowl games. The Huskies have Marques Tuiasosopo serving as interim coach, with new coach Chris Petersen waiting in the wings to take over for Steve Sarkisian. They also have questions about where their coaches will be next year, most notably Tuiasosopo and defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox. And there's that whole Tosh Lupoi controversy going on. BYU 30, Washington 24.