Washington opened the year by missing a golden opportunity to defeat Auburn in Atlanta, which would have given the Pac-12 a much-needed boost in the national discourse. That loss, which is currently the “best win” by any team in the country, is getting worse by the week as Auburn tumbles in the polls and struggles offensively.
Since then, the Huskies have won five straight, including a 3-0 mark in Pac-12 play, but they are not as dominant as last season.
Jake Browning is throwing for over 250 yards per game and has a slightly higher passer rating than last season, but has already matched his five interceptions from last year. Against Auburn and in a 21-7 win at Utah he struggled when dealing with pressure.
Browning’s increase is passing has come thanks in large part to the emergence of Aaron Fuller as Washington’s top target. Fuller has had four 100-yard games already and was incredible against an Auburn secondary that featured two of the best cover corners in college football. On the ground, Myles Gaskin is averaging 14 fewer rushing yards per game than last year.
Defensively, Washington is even more stout than a year ago, allowing just 13.7 points per game, third nationally. The Huskies secondary, led by Byron Murphy, Myles Bryant and Taylor Rapp, is among the best in the country and will be the toughest group Oregon faces this season.