Washington Huskies

Looking ahead to this week’s UW, WSU football games



COACH: Matt Wells (20-10 in third year at Utah State and overall)

AGAINST THE HUSKIES: The Huskies lead the all-time series 2-0.

SCOUTING REPORT: The face of Utah State’s program is fifth-year senior quarterback Chuckie Keeton, whose knee injuries have marred what began as a promising career. Keeton was a first-team all-conference selection as a sophomore in 2012, but played only six games in 2013 before injuring his knee, then reinjured the same knee in his third game of the 2014 season. He received a medical hardship waiver and is back as a fifth-year senior. … Keeton has struggled a bit in two games this season, completing 38 of 68 passes (55.9 percent) for 366 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions. And the rest of the Aggies’ offense has struggled alongside him, scoring a combined 26 points against Southern Utah and Utah (the Utes beat Utah State last week, 24-14, and the Aggies scratched out a win in their opener over Southern Utah, 12-9). … Utah State finished 10-4 last season in its second year under Wells, beating UTEP, 21-6, in the New Mexico Bowl. The Aggies have won at least seven games in each of the past four seasons after going 13 years without a bowl appearance. They moved to the Mountain West in 2013 after spending 2005-12 in the Western Athletic Conference. … UW coach Chris Petersen, who coached against the Aggies while at Boise State, said Saturday. “I think the two best teams — there’s debate on this — but I think on paper, we’ve known Utah State for a long time, I think going in, Utah State and Boise State are the two better teams in the Mountain West. There’s probably a team or two that could make an argument, but we know that from the last handful of years.” … The Aggies have eight former players on NFL rosters, including Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner. … Utah State’s defense ranked 13th in the country last season in yards-per-play allowed (4.76). … Washington won the two meetings between the schools: 45-0 in 1904 and 53-12 in 1998.

DID YOU KNOW: Utah State committed 19 penalties against UW when the teams played in 1998, a single-game record for a Huskies opponent. The Huskies also had 13 sacks that day, which is still tied for the most in a game in school history.

2015 schedule

Sept. 3 W, 12-9, vs. Southern Utah

Sept. 11 L, 24-14, at Utah

Sept. 19 at Washington

Oct. 3 vs. Colorado State

Oct. 10 at Fresno State

Oct. 16 vs. Boise State

Oct. 23 at San Diego State

Oct. 30 vs. Wyoming

Nov. 7 at New Mexico

Nov. 14 at Air Force

Nov. 21 vs. Nevada

Nov. 28 vs. BYU



COACH: Craig Bohl (4-10 in second season at Wyoming and overall in FBS; 104-32 in 11 years at North Dakota State)

AGAINST THE COUGARS: WSU leads the all-time series, 3-2.

SCOUTING REPORT: This is the first game of a home-and-home agreement that has WSU playing at Wyoming in 2018. … After the Cowboys began last season 3-1 under first-year coach Craig Bohl, they lost seven of their last eight games to finish 4-8. In their losses, the Cowboys allowed an average of 41.6 points per game, and they ranked 119th in the country in yards-per-play allowed (6.54). … In two games this season, Wyoming has allowed an average of 467.5 yards. … Two of Wyoming’s quarterbacks have been injured in the first two weeks, though Bohl said he thinks senior Cameron Coffman should be able to return from a strained right knee. Backup quarterback Josh Allen left Wyoming’s last game with a shoulder injury. … Brian Hill, a sophomore, leads Wyoming in rushing with 273 yards on 31 carries. …The Cowboys were picked by media to finish fifth this season in the Mountain division of the Mountain West.

DID YOU KNOW: WSU defensive coordinator Alex Grinch coached defensive backs at Wyoming from 2009-11.

2015 schedule

Sept. 5 L, 24-13, vs. North Dakota

Sept. 12 L, 48-29, vs. Eastern Michigan

Sept. 19 at Washington State

Sept. 26 vs. New Mexico

Oct. 3 at Appalachian State

Oct. 10 at Air Force

Oct. 17 vs. Nevada

Oct. 24 at Boise State

Oct. 30 at Utah State

Nov. 7 vs. Colorado State

Nov. 14 at San Diego State

Nov. 28 vs. UNLV