Get to know Michigan State opponent: Washington

No. 9/11 Michigan State (2-0) heads to Seattle to take on Washington (2-0) on Saturday in their first Power Five game of the 2022 season. This game should be a true test of the road and a gauge of where the Spartans stand this season, just as they are. Tilt with Miami (Florida) a year ago.

The school: University of Washington

nickname: Huskies

Site: Seattle, Washington

Coach: Kalen DeBoer (Season 1) comes from Fresno State after a 9-3 campaign in his second season with the Bulldogs.

Series date: Washington leads 2-1. MSU had the best of its Saturday counterpart in 1969, but Washington has won its last two games, including the last meeting in 1997 at the Aloha Bowl.

Many East Coast and fair-weather college football fans may not know much about Huskies – and many also wonder why Washington (-3) now prefers to win, According to DraftKings.

players to watch

Notably, the Husky earned a highly skilled transfer in Michael Benicks Jr., a former double-threat quarterback from Indiana. Roughly 70 percent of the video (69.7 percent through two games) was cast for six touchdowns coming into a game that featured a minor attempt to ditch Michigan State’s reputation after scoring the worst passing defense in the country last year. Washington also records the third best average in the country of 571 attacking yards per game.

Former Michigan State’s Giles Jackson leads Washington with a 237 yard multi-purpose, establishing himself as a future and capable comeback man. As another note, the real new Michigan state wide receiver Jeremy Bernard was recorded briefly in Washington before coming to East Lansing in January.

Pre-match trends

Michigan opened as the favorite (-1), but this line has “crossed the bridge” that rarely seems to be crossed. This may partly be due to spartan quarterback Payton Thorne appearing out of sync in two games, posting a 57.7 per cent completion rate, although the start of the second year is starting to show flashes last year on deep balls.

Washington’s position as the favorite may also be attributed to MSU’s increased infections, as Fifth-Year Safety Senior Xavier Henderson and Jayden Reed’s high availability are unknown, along with Rookie full back Darius Snow is out for this year.

However, Washington is sitting outside the top 50 In the nation in peak yards allowed per competition with 114 yards per game. This bodes well for MSU, which has continued its focus on the ground game with red-term freshman Galen Berger leading the charge (227 yards on 6.7 yards per carry with four touchdowns) and Garrick Broussard (135 yards on 5.4 yards per touchdown and two touchdowns).


Michigan State has measurably improved its passing rush a year ago, currently leading the country in sacks with 12 sacks, and transfers on the defensive line as well as the defensive backcourt seem to have improved the Spartans’ passing defence. The amount of improvement on the ball remains on Saturday, but expect MSU’s passing game to return to form and its running game to remain consistent and in control of the ball, while its defense disrupts Washington’s passing attack for the first time this season.

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