Idaho (1-0) at Washington (1-0)
2 p.m. Saturday, Husky Stadium
The line: Washington by 37.5
TV: Pac-12 Networks
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There really isn’t much that needs to be said about this game, so we’ll keep this brief.
Idaho is a program in dire straits. At the end of the 2017 season, it will be kicked out of the Sun Belt conference, drop to the FCS ranks and join the Big Sky, a move it probably should have made long ago.
The Vandals are 7-29 under fourth-year coach Paul Petrino. They went 4-8 last season after winning one game each in 2013 and 2014, and were picked by media in the preseason to finish eighth out of 11 teams in the Sun Belt standings this year. They beat Montana State, a Big Sky team, by three points (20-17) in their season opener. UW is playing this game as a tune-up. Idaho is playing this game for the $825,000 check.
So what can we learn from this game? Not much, aside from whether the Huskies are able to focus and try and all of the things that are supposedly more difficult to do against a weak opponent. This should again be a game that features a lot of backups playing in the second half, which is always good for development.
But mostly, it should be an easy UW victory before an announced crowd of probably 60,000 or so, far fewer of whom will actually stick around to watch it until the end.
The only remaining question, then, is whether the Huskies can cover the 37.5-point spread.
The pick: Washington 58, Idaho 10.