Pac-12 Football Picks: Washington Predicted To Win Less Than 7.5 Games

July 24, 2012; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Washington Huskies head coach Steve Sarkisian talks to the media during PAC-12 Media Day at Universal Studios Hollywood. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-US PRESSWIRE

The Washington Huskies are predicted to win less than seven or eight games because of their tough schedule and lack of quality depth.

The Washington Huskies are considered one of the sleepers in the Pac-12, and could make some noise next season. Much of that buzz has to do with their returning quarterback Keith Price, one of the contenders for second-best quarterback in the Pac-12, trailing only USC's Matt Barkley. A good season by Price could very well be enough to get his Huskies into the chase for the Pac-12 title.

It is fortunate that at least Washington's QB is good, because their schedule is TOUGH. The Huskies start off with a murderer's row of opponents, with home dates against Stanford and USC and a road date against hated Oregon. It doesn't get any easier from there. Although the opponents ease up a bit, five of their last seven games end up on the road. Washington is also playing away from the vaunted Husky Stadium, which could further complicate matters.

Bud Elliott of SB Nation has his pick on which side of the over / under of 7.5 wins you should pick regarding the Huskies:

But digging deeper reveals that the Huskies have not been bringing in a high level of quality talent for very long. The depth on this team is either a significant downgrade in talent from the starters, or very young. The hype seems to be a year ahead of the Huskies. The program is on its way, but I don't see it being warranted just yet.

Washington will be an underdog of three touchdowns twice this year (at LSU and at Oregon), and an underdog of more than two touchdowns once (hosting USC). 0-3 is the most likely result in that three-game set.

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