Fox Sports Sportscaster Joe Davis Spotlights the Washington Huskies [Audio]
This year’s field for the College Football Playoff is set as Alabama, Washington, Clemson and Ohio State will compete to see who wins college football’s national championship.
While the Alabama Crimson Tide makes their third straight College Football Playoff appearance, the fourth ranked Washington Huskies embark on their inaugural playoff appearance.
Fox Sports college football play-by-play broadcaster Joe Davis broke down the Washington Huskies during Monday’s edition of the Gary Harris Show.
The Huskies enter the College Football Playoff semifinals with a 12-1 record and their first Pac 12 title since 2000.
A primary reason for their success has been an effective defense. Washington led the Pac 12 in scoring defense, total defense, rushing defense and interceptions.
Davis analyzed Washington’s defensive line as a unit that could match up well with Alabama.
“They’re 315, 320, 325 (pounds) across the board on the defensive front. So they’re going to be bigger than anybody that Alabama has seen so far.” Davis said.
Another reason for Washington’s success has been the play of quarterback Jake Browning. The sophomore signal caller has thrown for 3,280 yards while tossing a Pac 12 leading 42 touchdowns.
In their only loss to USC, Browning completed less than 50 percent of passes while hurling two interceptions. According to Joe Davis, the Trojans successfully applied pressure to the sophomore quarterback.
“What USC was able to do that nobody else has done is get pressure on Jake Browning.” Davis said.
Davis elaborated on the Trojans ability to get Browning out of his comfort zone and kept him off balanced the entire game.
Head coach Chris Petersen took over at Washington in 2014 after winning 92 games in eight seasons at Boise State. Petersen lead the Broncos seven 10-win seasons along with two Fiesta Bowl wins.
The Fox Sports college football play-by-play announcer discussed how Petersen’s reputation as an elite game planner could help the Huskies against the Crimson Tide.
“If there’s any coach who you are scared to play given how much time he’s going to have to prepare, it maybe Chris Petersen. We’ve seen when he was at Boise (State), them beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl years back and all the trick pieces that he pulled out to get that win.” Davis said.
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