Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Washington Huskies Prediction, Odds and Preview - 09/18/2021

by Amedeus Mastrangelo

Game Time: 4:15 pm ET, Saturday, September 18, 2021
Venue:  Husky Stadium, Seattle, WA
Where to Watch:  Pac-12 Network


Opening Odds at USA Sportsbooks

DraftKings:  Point Spread:  Red Wolves +16, Huskies -16; Over/Under:  57.5 points
Bet365:  Point Spread:  Red Wolves +16.5, Huskies -16.5; Over/Under:  57.5 points
BetMGM:  Point Spread:  Red Wolves +16.5, Huskies -16.5; Over/Under:  57.5 points

Season Record

Arkansas State Red Wolves:  1-1 (2nd place, Sun Belt Group B)
Washington Huskies:  0-2 (6th place, Pac-12 North)
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Arkansas State Red Wolves vs Washington Huskies Preview and Analysis

Recent Form
Arkansas State Red Wolves:  lost 1
Washington Huskies:  lost 2

Offensive Analysis

Last season the Arkansas State Red Wolves averaged a 59.4% completion percentage, 364.4 passing yards, and 3.5 touchdowns per game through the air. They also averaged 125.4 rushing yards and 0.6 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Washington Huskies were averaging a 61.3% completion percentage, 226.5 passing yards, and 1 touchdown per game through the air. They also averaged 176.3 rushing yards and 2.8 touchdowns per game on the ground.

Defensive Analysis

Last season the Arkansas State Red Wolves were allowing teams a 64.2% completion percentage, 314 passing yards, and 3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 156.8 rushing yards and 1.6 touchdowns per game on the ground. The Washington Huskies were allowing teams a 63.2% completion percentage, 185 passing yards, and 1.3 touchdowns per game through the air. They also allowed 161.3 rushing yards and 2 touchdowns per game on the ground.


Red Wolves vs Huskies Prediction

Arkansas State is coming into this matchup with a 1-1 record overall, this will be their 3rd non-conference game in a row. They won their first game of the college football season against the Central Arkansas Bears 40-21 and went on to lose their previous game to the Memphis Tigers 55-50. James Blackman played a great game completing 19/29 passes for 306 yards and 4 touchdowns. Layne Hatcher also played very well at the quarterback position completing 23/38 passes for 276 yards and 1 touchdown, neither of them with any turnovers through the air. They basically had no run game though as Lincoln Pare led the way with 36 rushing yards on 6 carries. Their receiving corps had a massive day though. Jeff Foreman led the way with 198 receiving yards and 1 TD on 8 receptions. Tevailance Hunt also played great with 123 receiving yards and 1 touchdown on 9 carries. Antonio Fletcher led Arkansas State's defense with 7 solo tackles and 1 assisted one. There were 4 different players who got to the quarterback for a sack in that game but no one on the defense came away with any interceptions. They have scored 90 points in their first 2 games scoring at least 40 or more in each of those while they have allowed their opponents to score 76 points against them. Their offense is averaging 597.5 YPG while the Red Wolves’ defense is allowing 509 YPG.

Washington is coming into this college football game with a 0-2 record overall and have not played any conference games on the schedule yet. They lost their first game of the regular season to the Montana Grizzlies 13-7 and went on to lose in their last game as well 31-10 to the Michigan Wolverines. Dylan Morris was not too accurate in that game but did play well still completing 20/37 passes for 293 yards, 1 touchdown and zero interceptions. They did not have a run game at all the last time they played as Richard Newton led the team in rushing with 24 yards on 12 carries. Terrell Bynum led the receivers with 115 yards and 1 touchdown on 5 receptions. Taj Davis also had a decent day for the receiving corps with 78 yards on 6 receptions. Jackson Simon led the Washington defense with 7 solo tackles and 5 assisted ones. No one on the defense recorded a sack or even an interception though. They have scored 17 points in their first 2 games while allowing their opponents to score 44 points against them. The Huskies average on offense 317 YPG while the Huskies defense is allowing 309.5 YPG.

The Huskies have had an awful start to their season in the win column and with their offense and they really need to put up some points here and put on a good show. Arkansas State has played really well in their first 2 games and have scored a lot of points in both, and not against weak opponents either. There should be a lot of scoring here as the Red Wolves will not back down in this one no matter how far they fall behind. A bet on the over here would be a good wager for bettors to place as both teams will score a lot and run up the scoreboard.

Red Wolves Huskies Prediction:  Our NCAAF Pick for Saturday, September 18, 2021 (4:15 pm ET start time) is Huskies 45 Red Wolves 31.
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NCAAF Betting Trends

Arkansas State Red Wolves: 3-0 ATS as a road underdog of 14.5 to 21 points. 7-3 ATS in non-conference games.
Washington Huskies: 4-0 ATS when the total is between 56.5 and 63. 9-7 ATS as a favorite. 

Key Injuries

Arkansas State Red Wolves:  None.
Washington Huskies:  A. Tuputala (LB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. P. O'Brien (QB) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. R. Odunze (WR) Ques Sat - Undisclosed injury. J. Polk (WR) out for season - Chest injury.

Players to Watch

Arkansas State Red Wolves: Corey Rucker is one player to watch in this game. He played well in their last game and leads his team in touchdowns on the season. Look for him to make the plays for his team and execute when they get into the red zone.
Washington Huskies: Dylan Morris is one player to watch here. He leads his team in passing as well as touchdowns and will have to do a better job in this game. The offense has been bad and it is up to him to turn things around as he is the QB and leader on this offense so look for him to step it up in this game.

Notable Quotes

“We’ve had 11 practices, we continue to be [a] work in progress. With this football team, it’s critical that we continue to be [a] work in progress throughout the entire course of the football season.” - Butch Jones before the season started on what he expects from his team as the year goes on.
“Good morning. So the positive thing is we have lots of football left to play. Our players are in good spirits. They know we haven’t played our best football. We’ve put a lot of work in in the offseason to become confident and to put all of our packages together in all three phases. For these first couple weeks we haven’t played our best, and our players know that and our coaches know that. That is the exciting thing for us: we know there is a lot of room for improvement, but the improvement needs to happen now. All the work we’ve been doing needs to show up with the results on game day. So that’s where we’re at right now.” - Jimmy Lake on his team’s performance through 2 weeks now.

Starting Lineups

Arkansas State Red Wolves
WR Foreman, Jeff 
WR Rucker, Corey 
WR Hunt, Te'Vailance 
TE Tyler, Reed 
QB Blackman, James 
RB Lamar, Alan 
Washington Huskies
WR Polk, Ja'Lynn 
WR Bynum, Terrell 
WR Odunze, Rome 
TE Otton, Cade 
TE Westover, Jack 
QB Morris, Dylan 
RB Newton, Richard 

Statistical Leaders

Arkansas State Red Wolves
Passing: J. Blackman (475)
Rushing: A. Lamar (90)
Receiving: J. Foreman (253)
Touchdowns: C. Rucker (4)
Sacks: K. Bennett (1.5)
Tackles: T. Doss (10)
Washington Huskies
Passing: D. Morris (519)
Rushing: R. Newton (86)
Receiving: T. Davis (137)
Touchdowns: D. Morris (1)
Sacks: C. McDonald (1)
Tackles: J. Sirmon (13)
Arkansas State Red Wolves: Butch Jones (1st season)
Washington Huskies: Jimmy Lake (2nd season)

Weather Forecast

61 degrees F showers, 80% humidity, 70% chance of rain, up to 12 mph wind speeds S.

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